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Doubleheader Preview: Softball vs. Coast Guard

Doubleheader Preview: Softball vs. Coast Guard

Softball vs. Coast Guard
Saturday, April 21—12/2 p.m.
Alumni Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 54th and 55th times on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1991. The Beavers are 20-35 all-time and swept the Bears for the first time since 2013 last season.

Leslie Moore '17 homered and sophomore Victoria Casey went 3-for-3 with two RBI to help Babson defeat Coast Guard, 8-4, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep on April 8, 2017, in New London, Conn. Juniors Ashley Tango and Annie Quine both had two hits and seven different players drove in a run for the Beavers. Courtney McKenna was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Bears.

Hayden Short doubled and drove in three runs as the Bears edged the Beavers, 4-3, in the opening game of a doubleheader on April 9, 2016, in Babson Park. Four different players had two hits for the Green and White, which stranded seven runners on base in the loss.

Coast Guard (21-9, 10-6 NEWMAC) bounced back from an 8-5 loss in the opener with an 8-5 win to split Friday's doubleheader with Wheaton. Sophomore Kayla Sowers hit a three-run homer in the fifth innings and first-year Sydney Arendt tossed three innings of one-run relief for the Bears, who finished with 12 hits in the victory. Sophomore Carly Hattman is batting .432 with 14 stolen bases and 31 runs scored, junior Emily Hogan is hitting .405 with 10 doubles and 15 RBI, and senior Emma Hvozdovich enters the day with a .400 average to go along with 15 extra-base hits 38 runs driven in. Arendt is 11-2 with a 2.94 ERA 85.2 innings, while sophomore Julia Ferris has gone 10-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 99.0 innings pitched.

Babson (21-11, 11-5 NEWMAC) rallied from a 4-1 loss in game one to defeat Springfield, 4-2, to earn a split of Friday's doubleheader. Quine and Tango both drove in two runs and junior Josephine Mares had two hits and scored twice for the Beavers, who went in front for good in the third inning. Quine is batting .364 with 11 extra-base hits and 29 runs batted in, sophomore Jacqueline Paul is hitting .356 with five extra-base hits and 26 RBI, and Tango enters Saturday's twin with a .354 average to go along with 11 doubles, a homer and 20 runs driven in. Senior Ali Reilly is 12-4 with a 2.54 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 104.2 innings, while sophomore Brooke Stock is now 7-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 69.0 innings.

The Green and White will honor Reilly and fellow seniors Nicole Civello, Erica Pavlo and Samantha Smith prior to Saturday's first game. The quartet has amassed 105 wins during their four-year career and helped the program capture its first NEWMAC Tournament championship since 2006 in addition to reaching the NCAA super regionals last spring.

Babson (fifth) and Coast Guard (eighth) are two of six NEWMAC teams to appear in Thursday's initial NCAA New England regional rankings. The Beavers split with 10th-ranked Springfield on Friday, while MIT (second), WPI (fourth) and Emerson (ninth) are also in the poll.

While MIT and WPI will be the top two seeds in May's NEWMAC Tournament, the Green and White can clinch the third spot with a win in either game on Saturday. Should the Bears sweep Babson, they would earn the third seed for next month's conference championship.

The Beavers enter Saturday's twin bill with a 21-2 record on the year when scoring at least three runs.