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Doubleheader Preview: No. 20 Softball vs. WPI

Doubleheader Preview: No. 20 Softball vs. WPI

No. 20 Softball vs. WPI
Saturday, April 7—1/3 p.m.
Alumni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and WPI will meet 65th and 66th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1989. The Beavers are 31-33 all-time against the Engineers and won three of four matchups between the teams last season.

Sophomore Jacqueline Paul drove in senior Samantha Smith in the top of the eighth inning and sophomore Brock Stock struck out eight in a complete-game shutout as Babson edged WPI, 1-0, in a NEWMAC Tournament elimination game on May 4, 2017, in Worcester. Senior RiAnna May doubled and Kristin Gallagher tripled for the Engineers, who stranded eight runners in scoring position.

Lindsay Gurska and senior Ama Biney both homered, while sophomore Cassie Graca and junior Kylie Juarez drove in three runs apiece as WPI defeated the Beavers, 13-1, in the opening game of a doubleheader on April 22, 2017, in Babson Park. Junior Ashley Tango doubled and drove in a run for the Green and White, which allowed 10 runs over the final two innings.

WPI (15-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) has won four straight games after finishing off its sweep of Wheaton with a 9-4 victory last Saturday. May homered, junior Renee LeClaire was 3-for-3 with a double and first-year Marissa Gonzales drove in two runs for the Engineers, who swiped 10 bags over two games against the Lyons. Gonzales is batting .470 with eight extra-base hits and 26 runs batted in, May is hitting .466 with eight extra-base hits and 20 RBI, and Biney boasts a .532 on-base percentage to go along with 21 stolen bases and 29 runs scored. Senior Kelsey Saucier is 6-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 42.1 innings, while first-year Nicole Kuberka has gone 6-1 with two saves in 45.1 innings pitched.

No. 20 Babson (12-5, 3-1 NEWMAC) has won 10 of its last 12 games after picking up a 4-1 victory over Wellesley to finish off a sweep of Saturday's doubleheader. Sophomore Brooke Stock carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Tango went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored for the Beavers. Paul is batting .372 with one double and 17 runs batted in, junior Annie Quine is hitting .365 with six extra-base hits and 12 RBI, and classmate Josephine Mares boasts a .468 on-base percentage and is tied for the team lead with 15 runs scored. Stock is 5-3 with a 1.88 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 48.1 innings, while senior Ali Reilly is 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA and six complete games in seven starts.

After suffering her first loss since April 22 of last year at MIT last Friday, Reilly bounced back with a one-hit shutout at Wellesley to become the program's career wins leader on Saturday. Her 51 victories give her one more than Babson Hall of Famer Meghan Gaskell '06.

Since returning north from Florida, Smith is batting .400 (6-for-15) with two doubles and three runs batted in. She also enters Saturday's doubleheader with the Engineers riding a six-game hitting streak.

The Beavers' six stolen bases in Saturday's 4-1 game-two win at Wellesley matched the program's highest total since 2008. The Green and White also swiped six bags in a 10-4 victory over Gordon on March 13, 2015, and in a 5-1 win over Allegheny on March 19, 2017.

Since the start of the 2015 season, the Beavers are 51-3 when giving up two runs or less.