Babson Park, MA --- Babson and WPI split their NEWMAC softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers pulled away for a 13-1 win in the opener before the Beavers rallied a 4-0 game-two victory.
Babson, which is sixth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, is now 21-12 overall and 10-6 in conference, while WPI (25-11, 12-4), ranked fifth in the region, saw its 13-game winning streak come to an end.
The Beavers were limited to just four hits and left eight on base in their 13-1 game one loss. Sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, MA) doubled and drove in a run, while first-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, NJ) singled and scored in the loss.
The Engineers, who scored 10 runs over the final two innings, pounded out 17 hits and had six players finish with at least two knocks in the victory. Sophomore Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, NH) went 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored, while sophomore Kylie Juarez (Elk Grove, CA) and first-year Cassie Graca (Somerset, MA) both added two hits and drove in three runs apiece.
WPI took a 1-0 lead on Juarez's two-out single in the first inning and pushed its lead to 3-0 when Graca drove in a pair of runs with two outs in the second. The Green and White, which left the bases loaded in the fourth, cut its deficit to 3-1 an inning later when Tango's double down the left field line plated Casey.
The Engineers responded sending nine batters the plate and scoring five runs on four hits and two walks in the sixth. The onslaught continued in the seventh as senior Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) smacked a two-run homer and junior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) added a solo shot as part of a five-run uprising.
First-year Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, MA) gave up one unearned run on four hits while striking out seven to earn her 10th win of the year for WPI. Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, CT) shouldered the loss for the Beavers to drop to 9-7 on the season.
Following the game-one loss, first-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed a complete-game shutout in the nightcap as Tango went 2-for-3 with two RBI and sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, TX) added a pair of hits and scored once to help Babson earn a split. Stock (12-5) was superb in the circle allowing just four hits while striking out four and walking one to record her fourth shutout of the season.
Senior Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) doubled for the Engineers, who were limited to just six baserunners in the contest. Junior Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) suffered the loss to slip to 9-6 this spring after giving up three runs on four hits and two walks in 1.2 innings.
Mares led off with an infield single, Casey walked and both came home on Tango's single through the right side to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Tango moved to second on a passed ball and later came home on a two-out base hit by first-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, MA) to make it 3-0.
The Green and White added to its lead in the fourth as first-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, NJ) led off with an infield single and stole second before coming around on a two-out single to left by Casey. The lead was more than enough for Stock, who retired 12 straight batters after issuing a leadoff walk to Juarez in the second.
WPI's best threat of the game came in the sixth after senior Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) and LeClaire reached on infield hits. The visitors advanced both runners to scoring position with two outs, but Stock induced an inning-ending ground out from junior RiAnna May (Westminster, CO) to get out of the jam.
Both teams wrap up regular season conference play on Sunday with doubleheaders beginning at 12pm when Babson hosts Clark and continues at 1pm when WPI entertains MIT.
Release Courtesy Babson Sports Information