Program History

After enjoying moderate success in its first 14 years at the varsity level, the Babson softball program has erupted onto the New England and national scene over the past 12 years. In 2001, the Beavers set a new team record with 18 victories, matching their win total from the two previous years combined. That set the stage for a spectacular 2002 campaign in which All-Conference and All-New England star Colleen Kelly '04 led the team to a 25-14 record and the squad's first-ever ECAC Tournament berth.

Following a solid 18-win season in 2003, Babson continued its stellar play with a 26-18 mark in 2004. The Beavers then enjoyed the finest season in program history in 2005, going 38-8 overall, winning their first NEWMAC Tournament championship and gaining the team's first NCAA Division III Tournament bid. Setting program records for most victories and highest winning percentage, Babson was also selected as the host for the six-team NCAA New England Regional.

In 2006, the Beavers enjoyed another historic campaign, going 35-12, winning their second straight NEWMAC Championship, and hosting the NCAA New England Regional for the second year in a row. In addition, pitcher/outfielder Meghan Gaskell '06 became the program's first All-American selection when she received Second Team honors from the NFCA, and she became the first player in team history to be named NEWMAC Player of the Year and NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year. Babson's success continued in 2007, when the squad went 27-16-1 and advanced all the way to the NEWMAC Tournament finals. Following the season, centerfielder Andrea Cartullo '07 became the first person in program history to earn All-New England honors for four straight seasons. Babson then won at least 20 games in each of the next five years, setting the stage for a magnificent 2013 campaign.

Led by slugging shortstop Catie Funk '13 and lefthanded ace Kathleen Conway '14, the 2013 Beavers went 34-14, advanced to the championship game of the NEWMAC Tournament, and received the program's first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where Babson was once again selected to host the New England Regional. After setting batting .460 with program records of 10 homers and 59 runs scored, Funk was named NEWMAC Player of the Year for the second straight season while also becoming the first position player in team history to earn NFCA All-America third team honors. She later graduated as the school's all-time leader with a .438 career batting average, 231 hits, 71 doubles, 33 home runs, 187 runs scored, 166 RBIs, 417 total bases, and a .790 slugging percentage. Meanwhile, Division-I transfer Conway garnered both NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year and NFCA All-America second team honors in her first season as a Beaver thanks to a 1.06 ERA and new Babson records of 22 wins, four saves, and 257 strikeouts.

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