WORCESTER, Mass.—Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed a perfect game in the opener and came on to earn the save in game two as Babson College opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play by sweeping Clark University on Sunday evening at WPI's Rooftop Field.
Babson (6-6, 2-0 NEWMAC) took game one 10-0 in six innings before edging the Cougars (5-7, 0-2 NEWMAC) 1-0 in the nightcap.
Game 1: Babson 10, Clark 0 (6 inn.)
Stock struck out 13 of the 18 batters she faced to record the program's third perfect game all-time and first since 2012. The no-hitter was also the first in her collegiate career, the 12th in program history and first since Ali Reilly '18 against Clark in 2017.
First-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI, while senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) singled three times and drove in a run to pace a 13-hit attack. Classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) both had two hits and combined to drive in three runs in the victory.
Stock struck out the side in the second, third and sixth innings and fanned nine different players to improve to 3-2 on the year with her second shutout. The Beavers gave her all the offense she would need when junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, Mass.) doubled home Tango and then scored on Aguilar's base hit to right to make it 2-0 in the second.
Senior Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) worked out of jams in the third, fourth and fifth innings to keep the Cougars within striking distance before the Green and White broke the game open with an eight-run sixth. Senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.), Mitchell and Mares drove in runs with three straight two-out hits before Aguilar smacked her first career homer, a three-run blast, to make it 10-0.
Erickson (0-1) gave up four runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings, while sophomore Alexis Redish (Howell, N.J.) was touched up for six runs on five hits in an inning of relief.
Game 2: Babson 1, Clark 0
Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) and Stock combined to strike out 10 and the Beavers broke a scoreless deadlock in the sixth inning to finish off the sweep. Gademsky (3-2) fanned five and scattered six hits over 5.0 innings to earn the win, while Stock struck out five and picked up her first save of the year with two scoreless frames of relief.
Mitchell went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored the only run of the game on Paul's two-out base hit up the middle in the top of the sixth inning. Juniors Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) also singled in the win.
Senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) and sophomore JC Urella (North Grafton, Mass.) both had two hits, while junior Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) shouldered the loss to fall to 1-3 after striking out three in a complete-game effort for the Cougars.
Gademsky recorded a strikeout with runners at second and third and two outs in the bottom of the first and then stranded another Clark runner at third with a punch out in the second. Roche recorded the first hit of the game in the fifth for the Beavers, who didn't have a runner advance past second until Mitchell scored in the sixth.
Stock came in for Gademsky following an infield single by Barksdale to start the bottom of the sixth and got three quick outs after allowing her to reach second on a wild pitch. She walked McCabe to start the seventh but responded with three straight strikeouts to end the game.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it travels to nationally-ranked MIT for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Clark hosts Anna Maria in a twin bill on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are 35-19 all-time against Clark and have won 17 straight in the series going back 2012.
• Babson last recorded back-to-back shutouts in a doubleheader sweep in April 2017 when it defeated Clark 3-0 and 7-0.
• Prior to Sunday, the Beavers last 1-0 win came in game 2 of the NCAA Super Regionals at Williams in May 2017.
• Stock's no-hitter is just the sixth in school history to come in a game longer than five innings. Babson's previous perfect games by Tess Rubega '14 in 2012 and Colleen Kelly '04 in 2002 came in five-inning victories.