Reilly, Stock Combine to Allow Just Three Hits as Beavers Dominate Blue
WELLESLEY, Mass.—Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) became the program's all-time wins leader and sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning as 19th-ranked Babson College swept Wellesley College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers won the opener 8-0 in five innings and took game two 4-1.
Winners of 10 of its last 12 games, Babson improves to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in league play, while Wellesley slips to 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.
GAME ONE: Babson 8, Wellesley 0 (5 innings)
Reilly struck out six and allowed just one hit to record her first shutout of the season and the 15th of her career in the opener against the Blue. The victory also helped her pass Meghan Gaskell '06 as the program's all-time leader with 51 career wins.
Junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) doubled and drove in two runs, classmate Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) singled and scored, and senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) and junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) both had a hit and an RBI for the Green and White. Six different players had a hit for the Beavers, who took advantage of six walks and three errors by Wellesley.
Tango drove in Quine with a two-out single in the second before Babson broke the game open with a six-run third. Reilly walked, junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) was hit by a pitch and both runners scored when sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) reached on a three-base throwing error. Smith drove in Schinik with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 and Corrigan followed with a two-run double two batters later to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) hit a sacrifice fly to bring home sophomore pinch runner Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) to end the third-inning rally, and then singled and later scored on an error in the fifth. Reilly (7-1) was in command throughout, allowing just a leadoff single to first-year Gen Brittingham (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) in the bottom of the first.
Senior Julia Warner (Kenmore, Wash.) fell to 3-4 with the loss after giving up seven runs, three of them earned, on four hits and four walks in 2.1 innings.
GAME TWO: Babson 4, Wellesley 1
Stock (5-3) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and allowed just one run on two hits while striking out five to win her third straight decision. Tango was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Smith doubled and scored for the Beavers, who walked six times in the game.
Stock worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth and Babson broke the scoreless deadlock with a pair of runs despite not getting a hit in the fifth. Tango and Stock both walked and moved into scoring position on an error before coming into score on two separate passed balls.
The Green and White added to its lead in the sixth as Smith doubled and later scored on another passed ball to make it 3-0, while Quine walked and came home on Tango's RBI single to left center for a four-run advantage.
Stock's no-hit bid was ended when Brittingham singled to right center and sophomore Autumn Brown (Marshfield, Mass.) followed with a double to left center to begin the bottom of the seventh. Classmate Kendall Smith (Turlock, Calif.) drove in Brittingham with a sacrifice fly to get Wellesley on the board, but Stock got junior Sydney Hopper (Newcastle, Wash.) to ground out to end the game.
Hopper (1-2) was the hard-luck loser for the Blue after allowing just two hits and no earned runs in 6.1 innings.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Endicott in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Wellesley travels to Springfield for a 3 p.m. twin bill on Wednesday.
• The Beavers are now 23-13 all-time against Wellesley.
• Reilly's 15 shutouts are tied for second in program history along with Colleen Kelly '04.
• Babson is 7-0 this season and 25-0 since the start of last season when giving up less than three runs.
• The Beavers have now outscored their opponents 26-5 in the third inning this season.