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Doubleheader Preview: Softball at No. 20 MIT

Doubleheader Preview: Softball at No. 20 MIT

Softball at No. 20 MIT
Monday, April 3—3/5 p.m.
Briggs Field—Cambridge, Mass.


Babson and MIT will meet for the 55th and 56th times on Monday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1988. The Beavers are 36-18 all-time but have been swept by the Engineers in each of the last two seasons.

Sophomore Ravenne Nasser and Alexandra Marshall combined on a five-hit shutout as MIT blanked the Beavers, 2-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep on April 1, 2016, in Babson Park. Sophomore Erika Anderson drove in a run and later scored to break a scoreless deadlock in the top of the seventh for the Engineers, who slipped past Babson 2-1 in game one. Junior Ali Reilly tossed a pair of complete games in defeat for the Green and White.

Christa Shorette '14 and Meghan Hayes '15 both homered and combined to drive in five runs as the Beavers defeated MIT, 9-2, to complete the sweep of a doubleheader on April 2, 2014, in Babson Park, Mass. Hayes also tossed a complete game for Babson giving up just one earned run on five hits. Junior Natalie Shifflet drove in a run and scored once for the Engineers.

No. 20 MIT (8-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) has been idle since routing Maine-Farmington, 18-7, in game two of a doubleheader on Wednesday in Florida. Anderson went 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and four RBI for the Engineers, who pounded out 20 hits in the win. First-year Devon Goetz is batting .600 with a pair of extra-base hits and even RBI, junior Jasmine Joseph is hitting .522 with two doubles, two triples, six RBI and 11 runs scored, and classmate Zoe Hinton enters the day with a .476 average to go along with four runs batted in. Nasser (3-0) leads a pitching staff that owns a 1.85 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 53.0 innings this spring.

Babson (9-7, 1-3 NEWMAC) is looking to bounce back from a sweep at the hands of Wheaton on Sunday afternoon. First-years Jacqueline Paul and Tori Roche both had two hits and drove in a run, and classmate Victoria Casey had two RBI for the Beavers, who dropped game two 6-4 after suffering a 5-0 loss in the opener.  Paul is batting .400 with two doubles and five RBI, senior Leslie Moore is hitting .360 with five extra-base hits and 12 RBI, and Casey owns a .316 average to go along with three doubles and six runs batted in. Reilly and first-year Brooke Stock have combined to go 9-7 with a 3.05 ERA and 81 strikeouts over 109.0 innings this spring.

Stock, who ranks first in the NEWMAC with 48 strikeouts, is also second in wins (6) and innings pitched (57.1), and 10th in the conference with a 2.69 ERA.

Paul has hit safely in four straight games, which ties five of her teammates for the team's longest hitting streak of the season over the first 16 games. Additionally, Moore, who is one of just two players to start every game this spring, has reached base in four straight contests.

The Beavers are 7-0 this season when recording more hits than their opponents.