BOSTON, Mass.—Juniors Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) combined to drive in five runs in the opener but visiting Babson College stranded eight runners in game two and split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at Emerson College on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers took game one 7-2 before falling 6-1 in the nightcap.
With the split, Babson is now 18-9 overall and 8-4 in league play, while Emerson improves to 18-10 overall and 6-8 in the NEWMAC.
GAME ONE: Babson 7, Emerson 2
Quine was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored, while Tango went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in for the Green and White. Senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) scored three times and classmate Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) homered while improving to 11-2 with the win in the circle. She allowed just two runs on five hits in addition to striking out five in a complete-game effort.
Senior Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) was 2-for-3 with a homer and first-year Lindsey Lowe (Porter Ranch, Calif.) added two hits and scored once for the Lions. Classmate Neely Eddleston (West Wareham, Mass.) dropped to 13-4 with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in just three innings of work.
Quine tripled to right to score junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) with one out in the first and Tango followed with an RBI double to make it 2-0. Reilly added to the lead an inning later with a solo shot, and Quine and sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) both drove in runs in the third to push the margin to 5-0.
DeFusco homered to lead off the bottom of the fourth and Emerson pulled within 5-2 on junior Kallista Leonardos' (El Granada, Calif.) sacrifice fly in the last of the sixth. The Green and White responded with a pair of insurance runs in the seventh as Tango drove in Smith and sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) with the only hit of the frame, a two-out single to center to make it 7-2.
GAME TWO: Emerson 6, Babson 1
Paul, sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) and first-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) all had two hits in game two for the Beavers. Sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) started and suffered the loss to drop to 6-5 after being touched up for three runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings. Classmate Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) tossed the final 4.1 innings giving up three runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
DeFusco and first-year Maddie Tomich (Lithia, Fla.) both had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Lions, who got six strong innings from sophomore Marisa DeFranco (Falls Church, Va.). She allowed just the one run while scattering eight hits to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Emerson jumped on top 3-0 in the second as senior Molly Goldstein (Ridgefield, Conn.) drove in Tomich with a single to left and DeFusco followed with a two-out, two-run single to left. Babson stranded a pair of runners in the third and loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but came up empty.
The Lions added to their lead in the fifth when Tomich smacked a two-out, two-run homer to make it 5-0. The Green and White broke up DeFranco's shutout bid in the sixth as Paul hit a one-out triple to right and scored one batter later on Hoffman's single to center.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Tufts for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Emerson visits Clark for a pair of games next Friday at 2 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 8-3 all-time against Emerson.
• With her game one win, Reilly improved to 5-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 32.2 innings in her career against the Lions. She has also hit two of her three career homers at Rotch Field.
• With three runs scored on Saturday, Smith is just the eighth player in program history to score at least 100 career runs.
• With its win in game one, Babson improved to 10-0 this season when allowing two runs or less.