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Softball Drops Opener at Tufts, Game Two Halted by Darkness

Softball Drops Opener at Tufts, Game Two Halted by Darkness

MEFORD, Mass.—Senior Erica Pavlo (Coconut Creek, Fla.) hit a two run-homer to put the Beavers on the board first, but visiting Babson College stranded 11 runners on base in  and fell to Tufts University, 9-6, in game one of a non-conference softball doubleheader at Tufts University on Tuesday afternoon. The Green and White erased a three-run deficit to pull even in the second game before it was halted at 4-4 because of darkness after seven innings.

With the loss, Babson is now 18-10 overall, while Tufts improves to 19-6 on the year.

GAME ONE: Tufts 9, Babson 6

Pavlo was 2-for-2 with a homer for two RBI and one run scored, while sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Green and White. Six different Beavers scored a run, while senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) dropped to 11-3 with the loss after allowing nine runs on seven hits in just 3.1 innings.

Junior Kristen Caporelli (Taunton, Mass.) was 1-for-3 with three RBI, and first-year Edie Huling (Fort Worth, Texas) added two hits and scored twice for Tufts. Classmate Kristi Van Meter (Amston, Conn.) gave up 14 hits, six runs, and struck out seven runners in a complete game to improve to 9-2 on the year.

Pavlo homered to left center to score sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) for a 2-0 at the top of the second. Tufts took the lead in third, scoring five runs after taking advantage of a hit batsman, a single, a sacrafice fly, and a throwing error. The Jumbos added four more insurance runs in the fourth as Huling scored off a fielding error, followed by Caporelli hitting a single to right center to drive in two more runs. After a pitching change by the Beavers, senior Raven Fournier (Springfield, Mass.) stole home to extend the Jumbos lead to 9-2.

Still trailing by seven in the sixth, sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) singled to center field to bring classmate Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) home. With two outs in the seventh, junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) scored off a muffed throw, which was followed by Roche's double to center field to bring senior Nicole Civello (Huntington Station, N.Y.) home. Sophomore Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) singled to left field to bring Roche home, making it 9-6.

GAME TWO: Babson 4, Tufts 4

Sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with two doubles for three RBI, while Paul added an RBI single and a run scored for the Beavers. Gademsky pitched five innings allowing eight hits and four runs before being relieved by sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who struck out one in two scoreless innings. 

First-year Reegan Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) went 2-for-4 with two singles and three RBI, while classmate Mia Steinberg (Larchmont, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Tufts. First-year Kristina Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) pitched seven innings allowing four runs off seven hits while striking out five batters.

The Jumbos took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame when Coleman hit a single up the middle to bring one runner in, followed by Steinberg hitting a double to left center to drive in another run. Babson cut its deficit in half in the fouth as Casey doubled to left to plate Civello making it 2-1.   

Coleman came through with a two-run single for the Jumbos to extend their lead to 4-1 before the Beavers rallied with three late runs. Down three entering the sixth, Paul singled down the right field line to bring junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) home, and two batters later, Casey smacked a two-run double to center that scored Paul and Tango to tie the game at 4-4.

The Jumbos stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the sixth, and after a scoreless seventh inning the game was suspended due to darkness and will resume at a later date.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Smith for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Tufts visits Amherst for a pair of games on Saturday at 12 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 12-25 all-time against Tufts.
• Pavlo's second-inning home run in game one was the first of her career.
• Paul extended her hitting streak to nine games with a hit in both ends of the doubleheader.