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Softball Takes Opener, Settles for Split with Wellesley

Softball Takes Opener, Settles for Split with Wellesley

BABSON PARK, Mass—Babson College pounded out a season-high 15 hits in game one, while visiting Wellesley College responded with a pair of home runs in game two as the teams split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Beavers won the opener 10-2 in six innings before falling to the Blue 7-2 in game two.

Babson has won five of its last seven games and is now 8-8 overall and 4-2 in league play, while Wellesley is now 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.

Game 1: Babson 10, Wellesley 2 (6 inn.)
Sophomore Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI, and senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) doubled and scored twice as part of a three-hit day for the Beavers. Classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) both had two hits and scored a pair of runs in support of junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) who improved to 5-3 with the win. She fanned seven and gave up two runs on four hits in a complete-game effort.

Sophomore Gen Brittingham (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) drove in two runs and junior Kendall Smith (Turlock, Calif.) had two hits for the Blue. Senior Sydney Hopper (Newcastle, Wash.) dropped to 3-4 on the year after giving up three runs on six hits in 1.1 innings.

After trading runs in the first, the Green and White went in front for good on junior Annie Mitchell's (Rehoboth, Mass.) RBI single in the bottom of the second. Smith scored on Brittingham's RBI ground out in the top of the third to pull within 3-2, but Hoffman drove in a pair with a triple to the right field corner and later scored on a passed ball as the Beavers extended the margin to 6-2 in the bottom of the frame.

Babson left the bases loaded in the fifth but made up for it with a four-run sixth. Aguilar drove in Mares with a single to right, Tango scored on an RBI ground out by senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.), and Hoffman followed with an RBI knock to right that also brought in the final run of the game on a throwing error.

Game 2: Wellesley 7, Babson 2
Hoffman went 2-for-3, while Mares and Tango both singled and scored for the Beavers, who were limited to just seven hits. Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) suffered the loss to fall to 3-4 after giving up three first-inning runs. First-year Logan MacDonald (Wilmington, Mass.) came on in relief and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out four over 7.0 innings.

Smith went 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs batted in, first-year Marisa Hensch (Carlsbad, Calif.) hit a two-run homer, and sophomore Julianna Griffin (Blue Bell, Pa.) had two doubles and scored twice after reaching base four times for Wellesley. First-year Hayley Moniz (Westfield, Mass.) went the distance in the circle allowing just two runs to improve to 2-2 on the year.

Smith led off with a solo shot and Hensch hit a two-run blast to give the Blue a 3-0 lead in the first. Moniz helped herself with an RBI double in the third, but Mares raced home on a passed ball and Aguilar followed with an RBI single to left to get the Green and White back within 4-2 in the bottom of the frame.

Smith drove in Griffin with a two-out single in the sixth and Wellesley tacked on two more two-out runs in the seventh. Moniz allowed just two hits over the final four innings and retired 12 of the final 13 Babson hitters.

The Beavers return to action next Friday when they host Smith in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while the Blue welcomes Brandeis to town for a twin bill on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m.

• Babson is 24-14 all-time against Wellesley.
• In 10 career games against Wellesley, Tango is batting .394 (13-for-33) with two doubles and six RBI.
• Through the Beavers' first six NEWMAC games, Aguilar is hitting .529 (9-for-17) with a double, a homer and a team-high seven RBI.
• Stock, who has won four of her last five starts, has recorded 32 strikeouts and boasts a 1.17 ERA in 24.0 innings pitched against conference foes.