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Softball Takes Opener Behind 10-Run Fifth, Splits Doubleheader with Tufts

Softball Takes Opener Behind 10-Run Fifth, Splits Doubleheader with Tufts

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College put together a 10-run fifth inning in game one, but stranded 12 runners on base in the nightcap on the way to splitting a non-conference softball doubleheader with visiting Tufts University on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Beavers (12-10) overcame a pair of two-run deficits to win the opener 12-4 in five innings before dropping game two to the Jumbos (20-5), 5-2.

Game 1: Babson 12, Tufts 4 (5 innings)
Senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) and junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) both drove in three runs, while first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) singled and finished with two RBI for the Beavers. Senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) walked twice and scored three times in the win.

Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) retired the only two batters she faced to improve to 6-4 with the win. First-year Logan MacDonald (Wilmington, Mass.) gave up four runs, just one of them earned, on six hits over 4.1 innings for Babson.

First-year Alexis Aboulafia (Houston, Texas) singled and scored twice, while both junior Casey Maggiore (North Hampton, N.H.) and senior Christian Cain (Houston, Texas) drove in a pair of runs for the Jumbos. Junior Allison Tilton (Jupiter, Fla.), who relieved sophomore Kristina Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) after two batters into the fifth, fell to 0-1 on the year after giving up six runs while recording just one out.

Down 4-2 going to the bottom of the fifth, the Green and White sent 14 batters to the plate and took advantage of four walks, a hit batsman and an error to go along with five hits as part of its 10-run uprising. Paul tied the game with a two-run single to center, Corrigan drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, and Paul scored thanks to an error to make it 6-4.

Juniors Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) both contributed RBI singles, Mares and Paul drove in runs without having to put the ball in play, and Aguilar capped the rally by driving in two more with a two-out single to right center.

Game 2: Tufts 5, Babson 2
Mares and Paul both walked twice, while juniors Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) each drove in a run for the Beavers, who were limited to just five hits. Stock (6-5) went the distance in the circle allowing three earned runs on six hits in addition to striking out five.

Junior Jamie Stevens (Libertyville, Ill.) was 3-for-3 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored for the Jumbos, who got a complete-game effort from sophomore Kristi Van Meter (Amston, Conn.). She gave up two runs and walked six to go along with two strikeouts while improving to 11-1 on the year.

Tufts broke a scoreless deadlock with two outs in the fourth as Stevens doubled home Maggiore and then scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Following a number of missed opportunities, the Green and White cut its deficit in half on Mitchell's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.

The momentum was short-lived however, as the Jumbos tacked on three insurance runs thanks to an RBI by junior Maggie Lebinski (Monroe, Conn.), a passed ball and a wild pitch to build a 5-1 advantage. The Beavers twice brought the tying run to the plate following Stock's RBI single in the bottom of the frame, but Van Meter got a pop up and a grounder to second to end the threat.

Both teams are back in action on Friday as Babson hosts Wheaton in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Tufts kicks off a three-game weekend on the road against Trinity at 4 p.m.

• The Beavers are 14-27 all-time against Tufts but have taken at least one game from the Jumbos in each of the last four seasons.
• Babson has now scored 106 runs in its 12 wins, but just 14 in its 10 losses this spring.
• Prior to putting up 10 runs in the fifth inning of game one on Wednesday, the Beavers had scored just twice in the fifth over their first 20 outings of the year.