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Spring Break Preview: No. 14 Softball at the The Spring Games

Spring Break Preview: No. 14 Softball at the The Spring Games

No. 14 Softball at The Spring Games
Saturday, March 17-Tuesday, March 20
NTC Complex—Clermont, Fla.

The 14th-ranked Babson College softball team will play six games in the span of four days when it returns to The Spring Games for the 10th year in a row beginning on Saturday. All games will be held at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.

vs. Wesleyan: the teams will meet for the second year in a row and seventh time since 1998. Babson is 1-5 all-time against the Cardinals, which includes a 6-1 loss last year in Florida.

vs. Clarkson: the Beavers and Golden Knights will meet for the third time after splitting a pair of games in Florida last March.

vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire: the teams will meet for the fourth time overall and first time since 1998. The Beavers are 0-3 all-time against the Bluegolds.

vs. Plymouth State: the Beavers and Panthers will meet for the fourth year in a row and seventh time overall in a series that dates back to 2000. Babson has won five of the previous six meetings, which includes an 11-2 victory last season.

vs. Juniata: first meeting

vs. Hope: the teams will meet for the second year in a row and fourth time overall in a series that goes back to 2012. The Beavers are 2-1 all-time against the Flying Dutch but dropped last year's matchup, 8-0.

Wesleyan (1-1) blanked Rensselaer 4-0 and fell to Marian (Wis.) 4-2 on the opening day of its spring trip on Wednesday. Senior Rielly Wieners and first-year Aylay Mulholland each finished with four hits, while junior Olivia Gorman and first-year Marina Williams drove in two runs apiece for the Cardinals. Senior Julie McDonald tossed a complete-game shutout recording six strikeouts against RPI. Wesleyan returns nine players from a team that went 12-20 overall and 3-9 in the NESCAC last spring.

Clarkson (0-4) dropped a pair of games to Salisbury and Washington (Md.) to open the season on March 3-4. First-year Hannah Bowen went 5-for-11 (.455) with an RBI and a run scored, while junior Liz Caggiano was 4-for-10 with a home run for the Golden Knights, who hit just .205 as a team. Clarkson returns a pair of all-league honorees in senior Summer Lancette and sophomore Michele Winn from a team that posted 20 or more victories for the second year in a row in 2017.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire (3-1) heads to Florida after having its three-game winning streak snapped with a 9-5 loss to Saint Benedict (Minn.) back on February 25. Sophomore Katie Rongstad is hitting .583 (7-for-12) with a double, three stolen bases and three runs scored, while classmate Cheyenne Johnson is batting .538 (7-for-13) with a double and two runs batted in. Fellow sophomore Sarah Peka is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts and is holding opposing hitters to just a .156 batting average. The Blugolds have won at least 25 games in seven consecutive seasons.

Plymouth State (0-0) returns 17 players from a team that went 23-17 and tied for the Little East Conference regular season title in 2017. Junior Cassidy Emerson batted .337 with four doubles and 11 RBI, senior Nina Murray hit .291 with eight extra-base hits and 25 runs scored, and classmate Abrie Davis finished with a .290 average and led the Panthers with 22 runs batted in. Plymouth State brings back its top three pitchers, led by sophomore Caitlyn Miller, who went 11-7 with a 2.07 ERA and three shutouts over 108.1 innings.

Juniata (0-0) brings back 15 players from a team that finished 15-25 and reached the conference tournament for the first time in four seasons last spring. Senior Kerigan Ammerman hit .389 with 13 stolen bases and 27 runs scored, sophomore Alyssa Shedlock batted .387 with 15 extra-base hits and 27 runs batted in, and junior Abby Ebright smacked six doubles and three home runs to go along with 25 RBI. Sophomore Anna Baran, who went 5-7 with a 4.27 ERA and two shutouts, is one of seven returning pitchers for and Eagles staff that allowed a .311 opponents' batting average last year.

Hope (1-1) opened the season by splitting a doubleheader at Hanover last Saturday. Junior Shay Pinhey went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two stolen bases, while sophomore Amanda Diaz had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in the twin bill for the Flying Dutch. Senior Katie Singer allowed just one run in a complete-game effort after classmate Sydney Jones, who was named to the national player of the year watch list in February, gave up six runs in the opener. Hope went 27-15 last season and fell to nationally-ranked Trine in the Whitewater Regional final last season.

No. 14 Babson (3-3) wrapped up its trip to the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 16-4 five-inning victory over William Paterson on March 4. Sophomore Jacqueline Paul went 3-for-4 with four RBI, while junior Josephine Mares, classmate Annie Quine and first-year Jamie Hoffman all drove in two runs apiece for the Beavers, who finished with 16 hits against the Pioneers. Mares is batting .571 (12-for-21) with two extra-base hits and seven runs scored, Paul went 10-for-20 at the plate with 12 RBI, and junior Ashley Tango hit .476 (10-for-21) with a double, a homer and five runs batted in. Senior Ali Reilly is 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA and sophomore Brooke Stock is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings for the Green and White.

Reilly, who has won 11 straight decisions going back to last season, is now just three wins shy of Babson Hall of Famer Meghan Gaskell's '06 program record of 50. She also ranks in school history in innings pitched (473.1), which is just 11 away from the record set another Babson Hall of Famer, Collen Kelly, from 2001-04.

After beginning the season ranked 25th in the NFCA Division III poll, the Green and White is currently 14th in the latest rankings released on March 14. Babson, which was ranked as high as 10th back in 2005, went 2-3 against nationally-ranked opponents at the Leadoff Classic, which includes wins over No. 6 Christopher Newport and No. 25 Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Tango has hit safely in nine straight contests going back to last year, while Mares produced four multi-hit games and had at least one knock in all six of the Beavers' games in Arizona earlier this month.

The Beavers are 24-14 in the state of Florida over the last three seasons.