CLERMONT, Fla.—The 14th-ranked Babson College softball team opened its trip to Florida with a pair of wins on Saturday afternoon at the NTC Complex. The Beavers held off Wesleyan University 3-2 and then defeated Clarkson University 5-2.
Babson, which has won three straight games, imrpoves to 5-3 overall. Wesleyan is now 2-4 and Clarkson falls to 1-6 on the year.
GAME ONE: Babson 3, Wesleyan 2
Sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) finished with two hits and a scored run, junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) went 2-for-4, and classmate Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) drove one run in to help the Green and White open the day with a victory. Stock also allowed just five hits and struck out seven over 6.1 innings to pick up her first win of the year. Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded the final two outs to earn the save.
First-year Marina Williams (San Dimas, Calif.) went 2-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored, while senior Julia McDonald (Commack, N.Y.) singled and drove in a run for the Cardinals.
Following three scoreless innings, Babson got all the runs it would need in the top of the fourth. First-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) both singled, and pinch runner Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) came around to score when Stock reached on an error in the infield. Roche scored on a wild pitch two batters later and Mares drove in Stock with an RBI groundout for a 3-0 lead.
Wesleyan cut its deficit to one in the last of the six as Williams drove in sophomore Jo Jo Diaz (West New York, N.J.) with a triple to right and later scored on a two-out single by McDonald. Stock gave up a one-out single to junior Olivia Gorman (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) in the seventh, but Reilly came on an induced a ground out and a pop out to end the game.
First-year Danielle Rinaldi (Ewing, N.J.) gave up two earned runs on five hits to fall to 0-2 on the year in the circle for the Cardinals.
GAME TWO: Babson 5, Clarkson 2
Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) went 2-for-3 at the plate and went the distance in the circle in the Beavers' 5-2 win over Clark. She allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking four. to improve to 4-0 on the year. Junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) went 1-for-2 for an RBI and and Mares reached twice and scored once for the Green and White.
Babson capitalized on four hits and two errors to bring in four runners in the bottom of the second. A single by Reilly and a throwing error brought senior Erica Pavlo (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Stock home, sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) raced home following another error, and Mares made it 4-0 when she came around on a wild pitch.
The Golden Knights cut into their deficit in half thanks to a two-out RBI single by Summer Lancette (Oneida, N.Y.) in the fourth and an unearned run in the fifth. The Green and White loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth andtacked on an insurance run when sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) scored on a sacrafice fly by Corrigan.
Clarkson stranded a pair of runners in the sixth and got the tying run to the plate thanks to an error and a single in the seventh before Reilly got a line drive to shortstop for the final out.
Junior Maggie Stark (Newfields N.H.) dropped to 0-3 on the year after giving up four runs, two of them earned, in two innings. Sophomore Leah Allen (North Grafton, Mass.) gave up just one run in four innings of relief.
The Beavers return to action on Sunday when they take on Wis.-Esu Claire at 9 a.m. and face Plymouth State at 11:30 a.m. in Clermont, Fla.
• The Beavers are now 2-5 all-time against Wesleyan and 2-1 against Clarkson.
• Reilly has now won 12 straight decisions dating back to last year. With 48 career victories, she is also just two away from matching Meghan Gaskell's '06 program record of 50.