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2017 NCAA Tournament Super Regional | 4 NCAA Tournaments | 3 Conference Championships

Softball Falls to No. 19 Williams in NCAA Tournament Super Regional Series, 2-1

Softball Falls to No. 19 Williams in NCAA Tournament Super Regional Series, 2-1

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) tossed a three-hit shutout in game two, but visiting Babson College saw its NCAA Tournament run come to an end when 19th-ranked Williams College rallied for six runs in the sixth inning of game three to win the Williamstown Super Regional series, 2-1.

The Beavers forced a winner-take-all game with a 1-0 victory in the day's first contest, and led 1-0 going to the bottom of the sixth in game three. Babson, which was making its first super regional appearance, closes out the year at 33-16.

Williams (36-11), which suffered its first home loss of the season in game two, has now won 29 of its last 31 games and is set to make its first Division III College World Series appearance next week in Oklahoma City.

GAME 2: Babson 1, Williams 0
Reilly was superb in her first start of the regional as she won her eighth straight decision while recording her eighth shutout of the year and the 14th of her career to keep the Beavers alive. First-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) produced an RBI double and reached base twice, while junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) singled and scored the only run of the game.

Senior Brooke Bovier (Port Orange, Fla.), who was making just her ninth start of the year, gave up just one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking three in a complete-game effort for Williams. She suffered her first loss of the year to drop to 4-1.

The Green and White stranded a pair of runners in the first before getting the only run they would need in the second. Smith laced a one-out single to left, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by first-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) and scored on Paul's two-out double to left center.

Reilly (17-7), who retired eight straight batters before issuing a lead-off walk in the seventh, was in control for much of the contest. The Ephs' best scoring chance of the game came in the final inning when first-year Riley Salvo (Danville, Calif.) doubled down the right field line to move junior senior Ashley Worth (Albany, Ore.) to third with two outs. Reilly intentionally walked senior Alison Michalik (Naperville, Ill.) before getting sophomore Kristina Alvarado (Murrieta, Calif.) to ground out to second to end the game.

GAME 3: Williams 6, Babson 1
The teams combined for just four hits over the first five innings and were locked in a scoreless deadlock before Babson senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) hit a two-out home run to left center for a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Six outs away from seeing the Beavers advance to Oklahoma City, Williams responded with a six-run rally in the bottom of the frame.

Sophomore Jessica Kim (Tustin, Calif.) legged out a controversial infield single, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch to start the inning. Sophomore Mackenzie Murphy (Diablo, Calif.) tied the game with an RBI double before Reilly, who had been relieved by first-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to start the fifth, returned to the circle for the Green and White.

Junior Lexi Curt (Moorpark, Calif.) scored on an error to put the Ephs in front 2-1 and junior Margo Beck (Plano, Texas) delivered the big blow in the inning with a three-run homer to left center. First-year Rebecca Duncan (Simi Valley, Calif.), who won game one on Friday, relieved Murphy and recorded the final three outs for the hosts.

In addition to Moore's homer, sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) doubled, while Smith and Mitchell both singled for the Beavers. Reilly, who selected as the super regional's most outstanding pitcher, allowed two earned runs on five hits to go along with one strikeout over 5.0 innings. Stock (16-9) was saddled with the loss after giving up two earned runs in an innings of work.

Kim, Murphy (13-4), who earned the win with a six-inning effort, and junior Brenna Martinez (Arvada, Colo.) all finished with two hits and a run scored for Williams.

SUPER REGIONAL NOTES
•    Babson's five NCAA Tournament wins this spring matched its total in three previous postseason appearances.
•    The Beavers went 7-1 in elimination games during their NEWMAC and NCAA Tournament runs.
•    Babson's 33 victories are good for the fourth most in program history behind the 2005 (38), 2006 (35) and 2013 (34) squads.
•    In six NCAA Tournament appearances, Reilly went 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 37.0 innings. She struck out 17 and allowed just 21 hits while tossing three shutouts.
•    Moore hit a two-run homer in her final at-bat at Babson's Alumni Field in a 3-2 win over Rowan on Monday, while Saturday's home run came in her final collegiate at-bat.

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