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Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Emerson

Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Emerson

Softball at Emerson
Saturday, April 14—12/2 p.m.
Rotch Field—Boston, Mass.

Babson and Emerson will meet in a doubleheader for the fifth consecutive season on Saturday in Babson. The Beavers are 7-2 all-time against the Lions in a series that dates back to 2009 and have won four consecutive matchups between the teams.

Senior Samantha Smith and sophomore Victoria Casey combined to go 5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and six runs batted in to help Babson defeat Emerson, 13-9, in game two of a doubleheader on April 14, 2017, in Boston. Junior Josephine Mares also went 3-for-4 with two triples and four runs scored for the Beavers. Shelby Carney doubled and drove in three runs for the Lions, who trailed 10-0 after three innings.

Current Babson assistant coach Shannon Torosian went 2-for-3 with two RBI as the Lions cruised past the Beavers, 6-0, in the back end of a doubleheader on April 11, 2014, in Babson Park. Brittany Rochford went 3-for-3 with a run scored, and Alicia Daniele struck out six and tossed a complete-game shutout for Emerson. Katie Guido '14, Caitie Benoit '16 and Meaghan Merullo '17 all had two hits for the Beavers, who left 10 runners on base.

Emerson (17-9, 5-7 NEWMAC) has won four straight after finishing off a sweep of Smith with an 8-0 five-inning victory on Friday afternoon. Senior Jacqueline DeFusco doubled, homered and drove in two runs, while first-year Neely Eddleston tossed a no-hitter for the Lions, who scored twice in their final at-bat to take game one 9-8. First-year Lindsey Lowe is batting .419 with seven doubles, two homers and 17 runs batted in, DeFusco boasts a .521 on-base percentage to go along with 12 extra-base hits and 25 RBI, and junior Kallista Leonardo is hitting .329 with eight doubles, three homers and a team-high 25 runs driven in. Eddleston is 12-4 with a 3.37 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 81.0 innings.

Babson (17-8, 7-3 NEWMAC) has won five out of six after sweeping Wheaton, 6-2 and 8-0 on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Brooke Stock hit a grand slam and drove in five runs while tossing her seventh career shutout in game two for the Beavers, who scored six unanswered runs to win the opener. Junior Annie Quine is batting .370 with eight extra-base hits and 20 runs batted in, sophomore Jacqueline Paul is hitting .349 with two doubles and 22 RBI, and junior Ashley Tango enters the day with a .321 average to go along with eight extra-base hits and 13 runs driven in. Reilly (10-2) has a 2.09 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 80.1 innings, while Stock is now 6-4 with a 1.86 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.

The trio of Smith, Quine and Mares is batting .563 (18-for-32) with four doubles, three triples, a home run, 15 runs scored and 12 RBI in four games over the last two seasons against Emerson. Casey and fellow sophomore Annie Mitchell also had big games last season combining to go 8-for-14with three doubles, two triples and seven runs batted in against the Lions.

In five appearances against Emerson, Reilly is 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 25.2 innings pitched. She has also put in work at the plate going 5-for-8 with a double, a homer and three runs batted in.

The Beavers rank second in the NEWMAC with a .966 fielding percentage.