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Regionally-Ranked Softball Sweeps UMass Boston in Final Regular Season Doubleheader

Regionally-Ranked Softball Sweeps UMass Boston in Final Regular Season Doubleheader

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) fired a one-hitter in the opener and senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) drove in classmate Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh in game two as Babson College swept visiting UMass Boston in non-conference softball action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Beavers won game one 11-0 in five innings and rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Beacons in the nightcap.

Babson, which is seventh in the most recent NCAA regional rankings, improves to 23-13, while UMass Boston drops to 21-18 overall.

Game 1: Babson 11, UMass Boston 0 (5 innings)
Junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, Mass.) doubled twice and drove in four runs, sophomore Elizabeth D'Agostino (Newton, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, and junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) singled and drove in two to pace the Beavers' 13-hit attack. Stock improved to 11-7 with the win as she struck out six while walking just one.

Senior Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) doubled to start the second inning, while classmate Jess Greenpsan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took the loss to fall to 14-7 for the Beacons after giving up three runs on five hits in 2.0 innings. First-year Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) struggled in two innings of relief allowing seven earned runs on eight hits.

The Green and White jumped on top 3-0 I the first thanks to a two-run double by Paul and an RBI single by junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.), and then broke the game open with a six-run third. D'Agostino doubled to right center to score first-year Cara Harnick (Sammamish, Wash.), while Mitchell's bunt single got past Catania and scooted to the outfield grass to bring home two more runs to make it 6-0.

Mares followed a walk by senior Allison King (Kennebunk, Maine) with an RBI knock, and Paul capped the inning with a two-run double to right center extending the lead to 9-0. D'Agostino and sophomore Alicia Bagan (Winnetka, Ill.) each recorded an RBI ground out in the fourth for Babson.

Game 2: Babson 3, UMass Boston 2
Tango, who finished with two hits and three stolen bases, and Paul both reached base three times and drove in a run, while Mares went 1-for-4 with a double for the Beavers. Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) went the distance to improve to 12-5 with the win allowing just one earned run on six hits to go along with four strikeouts.

Sophomore Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.) went 3-for-3 with an RBI, while senior Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) and classmate Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) both doubled for UMass Boston. Catania (7-7) shouldered the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks in 6.1 innings.

Washington singled and later scored thanks to a two-out error in the second, and then drove in Tulley with a single to left in the fourth to give the Beacons a 2-0 advantage. Paul cut the deficit in half with a two-out single to bring home Mitchell in the bottom of the fifth, but Babson stranded a pair of runners in scoring position and went to the sixth trailing by one.

Catania retired the side in order in the sixth but ran into trouble in the seventh as first-year Abrianna Natoli (Fairfield, Conn.) worked a lead-off walk before moving to second on Mitchell's sacrifice bunt. Mares stroked a double to the wall in left center to tie the game, and Tango followed with an RBI single to center to give the Green and White a walk-off victory.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it takes on Wellesley in the opening round of the NEWMAC Tournament in Cambridge at 2:30 p.m. UMass Boston will take part in the Little East Tournament beginning on Thursday.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 17-8 all-time against UMass Boston and have won eight straight games in the series going back to 2014.
• King, Mares, Tango and senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) were honored prior to their final home doubleheader on Saturday. The group has helped the program win 111 over the last four years.
• The Beavers set a season high with four stolen bases in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
• Babson finished the year with a 12-4 record at Alumni Field.

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