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Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Smith

Doubleheader Preview: Softball at Smith

Softball at Smith
Wednesday, April 18—3/5 p.m.
Smith Softball Field—Northampton, Mass.

Babson and Smith will meet for the 60th and 61st times on Wednesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1988. The Beavers are 28-31 all-time against the Pioneers but have won 16 of the last 20 games between the teams.

Brittney Blokker was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI as Smith defeated Babson, 7-4, in the opening game of a doubleheader on March 29, 2017, in Northampton, Mass. Sophomore Elodie Townsend and junior Tyler Feeney both had two hits and drove in one run apiece for the Pioneers. Leslie Moore '17 went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Beavers.

Moore, junior Josephine Mares, classmate Ashley Tango and first-year Kayla Schinik all had two hits, while senior Samantha Smith doubled and drove in two runs to help the Beavers rally for a 5-4 win at Smith in game two of a doubleheader on March 29, 2017, in Northampton. Senior Rowan Turner, Ally Snyder and junior Alyssa Pioggia all drove in a run for the Pioneers, who led 4-0 entering the sixth inning.

Smith (5-20, 2-10 NEWMAC) has dropped seven consecutive games after getting swept by WPI on Saturday afternoon. Senior Lindsay Lord was 2-for-2 with a double for the Pioneers, who suffered back-to-back 11-1 five-inning losses to the Engineers. Pioggia is batting .391 with six doubles and 12 runs batted in, sophomore Stephanie Konas is hitting .367 with six doubles and 13 runs scored, and Townsend enters the day with a .286 average to go along with eight extra-base hits and 17 RBI. Turner (4-11) and Jessica Flohr (1-9) have struggled in the circle with a 7.02 ERA and a .377 opponents' batting average.

Babson (18-10, 8-4 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight games following Tuesday's 9-6 loss at Tufts. Senior Erica Pavlo hit her first career home run in the second inning for the Beavers, who made a season-high four errors. Junior Annie Quine is batting .353 with 10 extra-base hits and 22 runs batted in, sophomore Jacqueline Paul is hitting .351 with two doubles, a triple and 23 RBI, and Tango enters the day at .345 with nine doubles, a homer and 16 runs batted in. Senior Ali Reilly (11-3) has a 2.55 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 90.2 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.

Paul had an RBI single and sophomore Victoria Casey came through with a two-run double to help the Green and White erase a 4-1 deficit in the top of the sixth inning before Tuesday's nightcap at Tufts was suspended after seven innings tied at 4-4. The teams will resume the contest at a later date.

The Beavers enter the final week of regular season conference play having already clinched one of six NEWMAC Tournament berths. Babson enters Wednesday's twin bill one game ahead of Saturday's foe Coast Guard in the loss column and two full games ahead of Friday's opponent Springfield.

Reilly, who is in line to become the first pitcher in program history to appear in 100 career games on Wednesday, was selected as the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. She went 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 30.0 innings last week.

The Beavers have recorded at least two extra-base hits in eight of the last nine games going back to April 10.