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First-Inning Fireworks Help Softball Roll to Sweep of Smith

First-Inning Fireworks Help Softball Roll to Sweep of Smith

Beavers Set Doubleheader Record with 31 Runs, Take Two Against Smith

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College scored six first-inning runs in the opener and exploded for 12 in its first at-bat in game two on the way to sweeping visiting Smith College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Beavers took game one 12-2 in five innings and overwhelmed the Pioneers 19-3 in five innings in the nightcap.

Babson, which has won seven of its last nine games, improves to 10-8 overall and 6-2 in league play, while Smith slips to 6-14 overall and 1-7 in the NEWMAC.

Game 1: Babson 12, Smith 2 (5 innings)
Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) doubled twice and drove in three runs, while classmate Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) went 2-for-2 with two RBI to pace the Beavers' 13-hit attack. Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) finished 2-for-3 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored, and junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) singled twice and drove in a run in the win.

Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) struck out four and allowed just one hit over 3.0 innings to improve to 6-3 with the win.

First-year Eryn Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) had two hits and senior Alyssa Pioggia (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and first-year Lucy Grant (Bethel, Conn.) both drove in a run for the Pioneers. Junior Makena Wagner (Hilo, Hawaii) didn't escape the first inning and shouldered the lass to fall to 2-2 after giving up six runs on six hits and two walks.

Tango opened the scoring with an RBI double to right center, first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) drove her in with a sacrifice fly, and Roche produced a two-run double for a 6-0 lead. The Green and White started the second with three straight hits and got RBI knocks from Paul and Casey to extend the margin to 9-0.

Smith got on the board in the top of the fourth thanks to a bases-loaded RBI groundout by Pioggia, only to see Babson tack on three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Roche lined a double to the base of the wall in left to bring home sophomore Alicia Bagan (Winnetka, Ill.), junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) followed with an RBI single up the middle, and first-year Cara Harnick (Sammamish, Wash.) plated Roche with a groundout to make it 12-1.

Game 2: Babson 19, Smith 3 (5 innings)
Tango went 5-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBI and senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) hit a grand slam and scored three times as part of the Beavers' 20-hit onslaught. Harnick was 2-for-2 with two RBI, Paul went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and both Schinik and senior Alex Corigan (Middletown, N.J.) drove in a pair of runs in the victory.

Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) went the distance in the circle and improved to 3-4 on the year after giving up three runs while scattering six hits for Babson.

Wagner doubled twice and drove in a run, while senior Tyler Feeney (Merrimac, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Smith. First-year Emma Gardecki (Acton, Mass.) dropped to 0-6 after recording just one out and allowing six runs in the first inning.

Twelve of Babson's first 13 hitters reached base safely in a first inning that included eight hits, three walks, one hit batsman and one error as 17 players came to the plate. Mares cleared the bases with her first career home run, a grand slam over the wall in right, in her second at-bat of the frame as eight of the Beavers' nine starters recorded at least one RBI in the 12-run explosion.

Tango produced an RBI single in the second, Harnick came through with a two-out base hit to drive in another run in the third, and the Green and White scored five times all with two outs in the fourth. Schinik contributed a two-run single, while Harnick, Tango and Paul followed with three straight RBI knocks after the Pioneers kept the inning going with a fielding error.

Both teams return to action on Saturday with doubleheader action starting at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to WPI, while Smith visits Wellesley.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 32-31 all-time against Smith and has won 20 of the last 24 games between the programs.
• Paul is now 11-for-20 (.555) with three doubles, a homer, seven RBI and seven runs scored in six career games against Smith.
• Babson's 19-run uprising in game two was the most scored since posting a 20-1 win in the opening game of a doubleheader against Eastern Connecticut State on April 24, 2015.
• The 31 runs scored on Friday are the most in school history against one opponent in a doubleheader.

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