Reilly, Softball Blank Tufts, 3-0

Reilly, Softball Blank Tufts, 3-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) tossed a complete-game shutout and Babson College scored three unearned runs to defeat Tufts University, 3-0, in non-conference softball action on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The teams also completed the second game of last Tuesday's doubleheader that was halted by darkness with the Jumbos winning 5-4 in nine innings.

Babson, which was fifth in the first NCAA regional rankings last week, improves to 24-12 overall, while Tufts, which was sixth in the region, is now 23-7.

Reilly, who worked out of a pair of jams, struck out four and walked none while scattering six hits to improve to 14-4 this spring with the win. Junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) singled and drove in a run and classmate Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) also had a single and scored once for the Beavers.

Senior Samantha Siciliano (Chatsworth, Calif.) was 3-for-3 with a double for the Jumbos. First-year Kristi Van Meter (Amston, Conn.) struck out eight and was the hard-luck loser after giving up just two unearned runs on two hits in 5.0 innings to fall to 11-3 overall.

Reilly worked around Siciliano's lead-off double in the first and then retired eight straight batters prior to a single by Siciliano with two outs in the third. Van Meter retired the first eight hitters she faced before running into the trouble in the bottom of the fourth.

Junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) reached on an error by Van Meter and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring the game's first run on Corrigan's base hit to center. Mares came on as a pinch hitter and laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring in sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) from third for a 2-0 advantage.

Reilly left a pair of runners in scoring position with a strikeout to end the top of the sixth and the Beavers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame as Mares stroked a two-out single to center, moved to third on back-to-back walks and scored on an error to make it 3-0.

Babson's win came on the heels of a 5-4 loss to Tufts in the conclusion of last week's suspended game. Sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) worked out of a first-and-third one-out jam in the eighth, but Jumbos' first-year Mia Steinberg (Larchmont, N.Y.) hit a line drive to center that was misplayed allowing sophomore Jamie Stevens (Libertyville, Ill.) to score the winning run with two outs in the ninth.

The Beavers return to action on Tuesday when they host Brandeis for a pair games starting at 3 p.m., while Tufts takes on MIT in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

• Babson is 13-26 all-time against Tufts but has beaten in the Jumbos in each of the last three seasons.
• Reilly's shutout was the 16th of her career, leaving her just two shy of Meghan Gaskell's '06 program record of 18.
• The Beavers are one of just three teams along with Bates (1-0, April 8) and Northwestern Ohio (4-0, March 21) to shut out the Jumbos this season.
• Babson is now 6-7 against teams in the initial NCAA New England regional rankings, while Tufts is 4-1.