Softball Drops Game 1 of Super Regional to No. 19 Williams, 6-2

Softball Drops Game 1 of Super Regional to No. 19 Williams, 6-2

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—No. 19 Williams College scored three first-inning runs and homered three times on its way to defeating visiting Babson College, 6-2, in game one of an NCAA Tournament Super Regional series on Friday afternoon at Cole Field.

Babson (32-15), which is making its first super regional appearance, must defeat Williams twice on Saturday to reach the Division III College World Series. The Ephs (35-10) are now 15-0 at home and have won 28 of their last 29 games since April 2.

Junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) and sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) each had two hits for the Beavers. Smith also drove in a run, while senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) and sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) both scored in the loss.

Junior Brenna Martinez (Arvada, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with a double a homer and three runs batted in, while sophomore Mackenzie Murphy (Diablo, Calif.) and first-year Rebecca Duncan (Simi Valley, Calif.) added home runs for the Ephs. Duncan (16-4) also started and tossed a complete game in the circle allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four and walking four.

Murphy hit a two-run blast to center with one out in the first and Martinez followed with a two-out RBI double to the gap in left center to give Williams a 3-0 lead. Duncan added to the lead with a solo shot in the third and Martinez drilled a two-run homer to left in the sixth to extend the margin to 6-0.

The Green and White, which left the bases loaded in both the second and fifth innings, finally broke through with a pair of runs in the seventh. Mares reached on an error and later scored on an error, while Smith smacked a two-out single through the left side to bring the tying run to the plate before Duncan closed out the threat with a strikeout.

First-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) went the distance for the Beavers allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out five. She falls to 16-8 on the year with the loss.

The teams return to Cole Field for game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. A decisive game three is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. if necessary.

GAME NOTES
•    Babson is 0-3 all-time against Williams, which includes a pair of losses in NCAA Tournament play.
•    The Beavers left 12 runners on base in Friday's loss, which is their highest total in a seven-inning game this season.
•    Williams made a season-high five errors in the game.
•    Friday's loss snapped Babson's eight-game road winning streak.

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