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Weekend Preview: Softball Continues Home Stand Against Wheaton, Emerson

Weekend Preview: Softball Continues Home Stand Against Wheaton, Emerson

Softball vs. Wheaton | Friday, April 12 | 3/5 p.m. | Alumni Field | Babson Park, Mass.
Softball vs. Emerson | Saturday, April 13 | 12/2 p.m. | Alumni Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
Babson vs. Wheaton
• The Beavers and Lyons will meet for the 32nd consecutive season on Friday.
• Babson is 22-46 all-time against Wheaton and swept last season's doubleheader with 8-0 and 6-2 wins for the first time since 2011.
• The Green and White has not hosted the Lyons at Alumni Field since 2015.

Babson vs. Emerson
• The Beavers and Lions will hook up for the sixth year in a row on Saturday with the Green and White leading the all-time series 9-3.
• Babson defeated Emerson, 5-3, in the opening round of the NEWMAC Tournament after splitting a pair of five-run decisions in the regular season doubleheader last April.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Wheaton (18-10, 4-6 NEWMAC) has won three straight games and is coming off a 1-0 victory to finish off a sweep of Emmanuel on Tuesday.
• First-year Sarah Pritchard tossed a two-hit shutout and Hannah Arkin drove in the only run of the game for the Lyons with a third-inning single.
• Senior Jade Assad is batting .333 with six doubles, four homers and 16 runs batted in, sophomore Lindsay Whittles is hitting .323 with four extra-base hits and 10 RBI, and first-year Katelyn Barton enters the weekend with a .304 average to go along with three doubles, two home runs and 15 runs driven in.
• Senior Shelbi Wilson is 9-8 with a 2.46 ERA in 88.1 innings, while Pritchard (8-0) has gone the distance in six of her eight starts, and owns a 2.44 ERA in 60.1 innings of work.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
• Emerson (11-14, 2-7 NEWMAC) has dropped nine of its last 11 games after suffering a 5-2 loss in the back end of last Saturday's doubleheader against Coast Guard.
• Senior Marisa DeFranco had two hits and classmate Kallista Leonardos and sophomore Lindsey Lowe each drove in a run for the Lions, who struggled defensively with three errors.
• DeFranco is batting .408 with four extra-base hits and 25 runs scored, Lowe is hitting .361 with nine doubles, two homers and 25 runs batted in, and Leonardos enters the weekend with a .325 average to go along with four doubles, five homers and 23 RBI.
• Sophomore Neely Eddleston is 6-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 68.2 innings, while first-year Karagan Knowles has gone 4-5 with a 5.06 ERA in 54.0 innings this spring.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-10, 7-3 NEWMAC) dropped game two of a doubleheader with Tufts, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon.
• Juniors Brooke Stock and Annie Mitchell both contributed RBI singles, and senior Ashley Tango had a double for the Beavers, who left 12 runners on base.
• Senior Josephine Mares is batting .431 with six extra-base hits, 22 runs scored and 10 runs batted in, sophomore Jamie Hoffman is hitting .404 with three extra-base hits and nine RBI, and Tango enters the weekend with a .400 average to go along with seven doubles, four triples and 13 runs drive in.
• Stock is 6-5 with a 2.80 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 70.0 innings, while junior Katie Gademsky (5-4) has won three straight decisions and owns a 4.47 ERA in 11 appearances.

SPLITTSVILLE
• Outside of sweeps over Clark and Smith, and dropping a pair of games to TCNJ to open the season back in March, the Green and White has split eight of its 11 doubleheaders this spring.
• In their eight splits, the Beavers are 4-4 in game one and 4-4 in game two.

LYON TAMERS
• Junior Jacqueline Paul is 7-for-10 (.700) with two doubles and two RBI in four career games against Wheaton, while Mares went 4-for-8 with a pair of multi-hit games and two RBI in last year's doubleheader against the Lyons.
• In addition to tossing a three-hit shutout in last year's 8-0 game-two win over Wheaton, Stock hit her first career home run, and grand slam, and drove in a career-high five runs in all.

LION HUNTERS
• Mares is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, three triples and eight runs scored in seven career games versus Emerson.
• Casey has gone 7-for-12 (.583) at the dish with three extra-base hits and five runs scored in four contests over the last two years.
• Paul went 6-for-10 with a triple and three RBI in three game last spring against the Lions.

AMONG THE LEAGUE'S BEST
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in runs per game (6.8), hits (105), batting average (.379) and on-base percentage (.437) in league play.
• Babson also ranks second in ERA (2.47) and WHIP (1.20), and third in fielding percentage (.971).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 8-2 over their last 10 NEWMAC games at home.

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