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Softball Picks Up Key Sweep of No. 20 MIT

Softball Picks Up Key Sweep of No. 20 MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) drove in two runs in each game and first-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) earned a win and a save as visiting Babson College swept 20th-ranked MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Monday at Briggs Field. The Beavers rallied for a 4-2 win in game one and then defeated the Engineers, 8-3, in the nightcap.

Babson is now 11-7 overall and 3-3 in conference play, while previously-unbeaten MIT, which reached the College World Series last spring, drops to 8-2 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) had two hits and Merullo doubled and drove in a pair of runs as the Green and White erased a 2-0 deficit with a four-run fifth inning. Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) allowed two runs over 4.2 innings to earn the win, while Stock stuck out two in 2.1 frames of relief to earn her first career save.

Sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) led off the fifth with a single to right, Smith followed with a base hit and both runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by first-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.). Merullo tied the game with a double to the gap in right center, and Mares came through with a two-out triple three batters later to give Babson a 4-2 advantage.

Stock recorded the final out of the fifth after the Engineers moved a pair of runners into scoring position, retired the side in order in the sixth, and then worked around a two-out walk in the seventh to snap the Beavers' three-game losing streak.

Sophomore Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.), who homered in the fourth inning, suffered the loss after giving up two earned runs on five hits over 5.0 innings.

Merullo, who went 3-for-4 with a double, Smith and sophomore Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) all drove in a pair of runs as the Green and White scored in every inning but the sixth in game two. Tango was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, and Stock moved to 7-3 on the year with a complete-game effort.

The teams traded a pair of runs in the first before Babson took the lead for good on Smith's two-run single in the top of the second. Merullo plated Tango with a one-out double in the third and Quine drove in junior Nicole Civello (Huntington Station, N.Y.) with a base hit in the fourth to extended the lead to 6-2.

Tango scored on an RBI ground out by first-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) in the fifth, and again on a single to center field by Merullo in the seventh.

Junior Deanna Delgado (Miami, Fla.), who came on in relief with no outs in the first inning, dropped to 2-1 on the year after giving up three runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work.

Babson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Wellesley in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while MIT travels to Worcester State for a pair of games on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

•    The Beavers, who had dropped four straight to MIT, is now 38-18 all-time against the Engineers.
•    Opposing pitchers have recorded just eight strikeouts against Babson over the first six conference games.
•    The Beavers put their leadoff hitter on base in everything inning of game two.
•    Babson is 20-11 on the road since the start of the 2015 season.