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Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Tufts

Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Tufts

Softball at Tufts
Tuesday, April 17—3/5 p.m.
Spicer Field—Medford, Mass.

Babson and Tufts will meet for the 37th and 38th times on Tuesday afternoon. The Beavers are 12-24 all-time against the Jumbos and the teams have split a pair of doubleheaders over the last two seasons.

Cassie Ruscz hit a three-run homer in the first inning and senior Raven Fournier added a two-run blast in the second as Tufts rolled to an 8-0 five-inning victory over the Beavers in the second game of a doubleheader on April 11, 2017, in Babson Park. Sophomore Kayla Schinik finished with a pair of hits for Babson.

Meaghan Merullo '17 was 2-for-4 with two RBI and sophomores Jacqueline Paul and Tori Roche both added two hits and drove in a run apiece to help the Beavers defeat Tufts, 9-4, in the opening game of a twin bill on April 11, 2017, in Babson Park. Junior Ashley Tango and sophomore Victoria Casey both scored twice for Babson, which put up six runs in the third inning.

Tufts (18-6) is coming off a 12-4 win over Colby in the final game of a weekend series on Saturday. Sophomore Jamie Stevens homered and drove in four runs, while junior Kristen Caporelli had two hits and three RBI for the Jumbos, who outscored the Mules 33-8 in their three-game sweep. Fournier is batting .393 with five extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in, senior Samantha Siciliano is hitting .362 with eight extra-base hits and 14 RBI, and Caporelli has driven in a team-high 17 runs to go along with a .309 average in 55 at-bats. First-year Kristi Van Meter is 8-2 with a 0.98 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 64.0 innings, while classmate Kristina Haghdan has gone 5-3 with a 1.16 ERA and 61 strikeouts over 48.1 innings pitched this spring.

Babson (18-9) had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 6-1 loss at Emerson in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday. Paul, Casey and first-year Jamie Hoffman all finished with two hits apiece for the Beavers, who left eight on base. Junior Annie Quine is batting .358 with 10 extra-base hits and 22 runs batted in, Paul is hitting .357 with two doubles, a triple and 23 RBI, and Tango enters the day at .337 with eight doubles, a homer and 16 runs batted in. Senior Ali Reilly (11-2) has won four straight starts and has a 2.00 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 87.1 innings, while sophomore Brooke Stock is 6-5 with a 2.15 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 62.0 innings pitched for the Green and White.

Reilly and Stock have combined to bat .378 (17-for-45) over the last 21 games for the Green and White. Reilly, who has four doubles, hit her third career home run on Saturday at Emerson, while Stock hit her first career grand slam on Friday at Wheaton.

Paul is riding a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .429 (9-for-21) with a double, a triple and six runs batted in during this stretch. In addition to her success, Quine went 10-for-24 (.417) with four extra-base hits, nine RBI and eight runs scored in eight contest last week, and Schinik batted .400 (6-for-15) a double, a triple and five runs driven in.

Senior Samantha Smith is tied for fifth in doubles (41), ranks eighth in runs scored (102) and is 10th in program history in hits (145), runs batted in (77) and total bases (204).

The Beavers are batting .344 (89-for-259) with runners in scoring position this spring.