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No. 24 Softball Splits with William Paterson, No. 9 Texas Lutheran to Close NFCA Leadoff Classic

No. 24 Softball Splits with William Paterson, No. 9 Texas Lutheran to Close NFCA Leadoff Classic

TUCSON, Ariz.—The 24th-ranked Babson College softball team wrapped up play at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic by splitting a pair of games for the third day in a row on Sunday. The Beavers suffered a 14-4 five-inning loss to ninth-ranked Texas Lutheran University before bouncing back with a 16-4 five-inning win over William Paterson University.

Babson wraps up the weekend at 3-3 overall, Texas Lutheran is 7-1 and William Paterson is 2-4 on the year.

GAME ONE: Texas Lutheran 14, Babson 4
Junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) both homered in the Beavers' loss to Texas Lutheran. Tango had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) went 2-for-3 at the plate, and sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) singled and drove in a run for the Green and White.

The Bulldogs, who finished with 17 hits, got a home run from junior Kassie Maddox (Midland, Texas) to take a 2-0 lead in the first, and then scored five runs apiece in the second and third innings. Senior Kyla Lockley (Wharton, Texas) came through with a two-run single in each frame for Texas Lutheran, which took advantage of two errors and sent 10 batters to the plate in the third on the way to building a 12-0 lead.

Trailing 14-0 in the last of the fourth, Paul got Babson on the board with a single to center that plated junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.). Tango followed with a two-run blast, and Roche hit her first career home run two batters later to cap the four-run rally.

Senior Maitlin Raycroft (Spring, Texas) struck out six over three scoreless innings to earn her fourth win of the season for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.), who shouldered the loss for the Beavers, struck out three over five innings.

GAME TWO: Babson 16, William Paterson 4
Paul, Quine and Mares each had three hits and combined for eight RBI and eight runs scored as the Beavers capped their trip with a 12-run victory. First-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) was 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs batted in, sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, and Roche added a pair of hits to go along with an RBI and two runs scored as part of the team's 16-hit attack.

Leading 4-3 after one, Babson added to its lead with a pair of two-out runs in the second thanks to RBI singles by Quine and Paul. Casey drove in Roche with another two-out base hit to make it 7-3 in the third, and the Green and White broke the game open with nine runs in the top of the fourth.

The Beavers sent 13 batters to plate in a frame that featured Hoffman's first career homer, a two-run double by Mares and a pair of runs batted in for Paul. The lead was more than enough for senior hurler Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.), who allowed just one earned run while scattering six hits and striking out two in a complete-game effort to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Sophomore Andee Lupica (Maywood, N.J.) took the loss for William Paterson after allowing six runs, three of them earned, on six hits over 2.2 innings.

Babson returns to action on March 17 when it faces Wesleyan at 2 p.m. and Clarkson at 4:30 p.m. in Clermont, Fla.

• Sunday's matchups with Texas Lutheran and William Paterson were the first in program history for the Beavers.
• Reilly, who was named to the all-tournament team, has now won 11 straight decisions dating back to last year. With 47 career victories, she is also just three away from matching Meghan Gaskell's '06 program record of 50.
• Mares batted .571 (12-for-21) with seven runs scored, while Paul hit .500 (10-for-20) with a team-high 12 runs batted in in six games in Arizona.
• Tango has now hit safely in nine consecutive games and batted .476 (10-for-21) at the Leadoff Classic.