WORCESTER, Mass.—Visiting Babson College overcame a one-run loss in the opener by scoring in each of the first three innings of game two on the way to earning a split of Saturday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at Rooftop Field.
The Engineers took the opener 4-3, while the Beavers rebounded with a 5-3 win over the hosts in the nightcap.
Babson, which has won eight of its last 11 games, is now 11-9 overall and 7-3 in league play, while WPI, which had its nine-game winning streak snapped, is 19-7 overall and 9-1 in the NEWMAC.
Game 1: WPI 4, Babson 3
Junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, Mass.) singled twice and reached base three times, senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) drove in a pair of runs, and junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) had an RBI double for the Beavers. Classmate Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) went the distance giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out seven to fall to 6-4 on the year.
Sophomore Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, Calif.) doubled and homered and senior Caraline Wood (Averill Park, N.Y.) hit a solo shot for the Engineers. Junior Cassie Graca (Somerset, Mass.) also had two hits and an RBI in support of classmate Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, Mass.), who struck out eight and gave up three runs on seven hits in a complete-game effort to improve to 11-2.
Wood homered with two outs in the first and Kuberka started the fourth with a solo shot to give WPI a 2-0 lead. Limited to just two hits over the first five innings, the Green and White scored three times with two outs in the sixth to take its first lead. Junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) reached with a bunt single to put the tying run on base and Corrigan came through with a two-run triple down the right field line to tie the game. Roche smoked a double to the gap in left center one batter later to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead.
Graca tied the game with an RBI double in the last of the sixth and the Engineers got an RBI single from Wood with one out in the seventh to rally for a one-run victory.
Game 2: Babson 5, WPI 3
Paul went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Roche and Schinik contributed two hits apiece as part of the Beavers' 12-hit attack. Senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) improved to 4-4 with win after allowing three runs over 6.1 innings. Stock struck out the only two batters she faced to record her second save of the spring.
Wood went 3-for-4, sophomores Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, Calif.) and Skylar O'Connell (North Attleboro, Mass.) both had two hits, and Kuberka drove a pair of runs for WPI. Fellow sophomore Katie Martin (Bedford, N.H.) did not make it out of the second inning after giving up four runs, three of them earned, and dropped to 5-2 with the loss.
Paul opened the scoring with a one-out RBI double and then scored on a throwing error to give the Green and White a 2-0 lead in the first. WPI got one back but left the bases loaded in the bottom half the frame, and Babson responded with two more runs in the second thanks to an RBI single by Mares and a triple to center by senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.).
The Engineers took advantage of a pair of errors to cut their deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the second, but the Beavers again answered as first-year Cara Harnick (Sammamish, Wash.) hit a two-out double to left to bring home classmate Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.). WPI cut its deficit to 5-3 with three straight one-out singles in the seventh, but Stock fanned back-to-back hitters with the tying run at first to end the game.
Babson is back in action on Monday when it hosts No. 21 Tufts in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while WPI travels to Coast Guard for a twin bill next Friday at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 33-36 all-time against WPI and the teams have split their last 12 meetings going back to 2016.
• Babson is 9-2 in its last 11 games at Rooftop Field.
• The Green and White is 4-3 this season in games decided by two runs or less.
• The Beavers are 9-2 this spring when scoring at least three runs.