PLANT CITY, Fla.—The Babson College softball team wrapped it up its spring break trip to Florida by splitting games against Messiah College and SUNY Oswego on Thursday afternoon. The Beavers suffered a 4-0 loss to the Eagles in their opening contest of the day before rebounding with a 9-1 win over the Lakers.
Babson ends the trip at 4-6 overall. Messiah is 6-7 on the year, while Oswego is now 2-6.
Game 1: Messiah 4, Babson 0
Sophomore Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) went 2-for-3 and seniors Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) both singled in the loss for the Green and White. Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) suffered the loss and dropped to 2-3 on the year after working into the seventh inning. She gave up four runs, just two of them earned, on four hits to go along with three strikeouts.
Senior Madelyn Yannetti (Gettysburg, Pa.) tossed a five-hit shutout to improve to 2-4 with the win, and broke a scoreless deadlock with a home run to lead off the top of the fifth inning. Junior Ashley Carroll (Etters, Pa.) made it 2-0 when scored after starting the sixth with a triple, and Messiah took advantage to two Babson errors to tack on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.
Game 2: Babson 9, Oswego 1
Junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and Mares was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI to help Babson down Oswego for the second time in three days. Senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Tango singled twice and drove in a pair of runs.
Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) evened her record at 2-2 after giving up just one run on six hits in a complete-game effort. She also struck out three and walked just one on the day.
Sophomore Leah Czerwinski (Buffalo, N.Y.) had two hits and senior Carly Lawless (Fort Montgomery, N.Y.) singled and drove in a run for the Lakers. Junior Rebecca Vilchez (Franklin Square, N.Y.) started in the circle and dropped to 0-2 on the year after giving up two runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. Classmate Jessica Annello (Schenectady, N.Y.) allowed three runs in 1.1 innings and first-year Brianna Harrington (Gansevoort, N.Y.) was touched up for four runs over the final two frames.
Stock worked out of a bases loaded jam in the second and Babson went in front 2-0 in the fourth after Vilchez hit sophomore Elizabeth D'Agostino (Newton, Mass.) and Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) with two outs and the bases juiced. The Green and White busted the game open in the sixth as Mares and Tango produced back-to-back two-run doubles extending the lead to 6-0.
Corrigan plated Schinik and junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) with a two-run single in the seventh, and then came around to score the Beavers' final run on an RBI knock by Mares with two outs.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it opens conference play with a doubleheader at Clark beginning at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 2-0 all-time against Oswego and 0-3 versus Messiah.
• Tango finished the trip with a .441 average to go along with team highs of five extra-base hits and seven RBI.
• Mares, who reached base safely in the final seven games of the trip, batted .500 (9-for-18) with three multi-hit games and seven runs scored over her the last five outings.