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Softball Takes Out Emerson, WPI to Open NEWMAC Tournament

Softball Takes Out Emerson, WPI to Open NEWMAC Tournament

WORCESTER, Mass.—Junior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning against Emerson College and Babson College scored four times in the top of the seventh against WPI to open the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament with a pair of wins on Wednesday afternoon at Rooftop Field.

The third-seeded Beavers (26-14) edged the sixth-seeded Lions 5-3 before rallying for a 7-3 victory over the second-seeded Engineers in their second game of the day.

NEWMAC TOURNAMENT GAME #2: Babson 5, Emerson 3
Sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) went 3-for-3 with two RBI and junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) had two hits, including an RBI double, and scored twice for the Beavers. Sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) doubled and drove in a run in support of senior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.), who improved to 15-4 after striking out eight and giving up three unearned runs in a complete-game effort.

Alena Jones was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while senior Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) and classmate Molly Goldstein (Ridgefield, Conn.) both added two hits apiece for the Lions (20-13). First-year Neely Eddleston (West Wareham, Mass.) suffered the loss to drop to 14-7 overall after giving up five runs, three of them earned, on eight hits over six innings.

Quine doubled home senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.), who reached on an error, and later scored on a one-out base hit by Paul to give the Green and White a 2-0 lead after one. Babson extended its advantage to three on another RBI single by Paul in the third, but Emerson took advantage of a two-out error and tied the game at 3-3 on Jones' two-run double to left in the fourth.

Reilly worked out of a two-on, no-out jam with back-to-back strikeouts in the fifth and worked around a one-out single by Goldstein in the top of the sixth before taking the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame. Paul led off with a single to right and reached second on an error before scoring on Corrigan's pinch-hit double to left for a 4-3 lead. Junior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) came back in to run for Corrigan and scored on a sacrifice fly by Roche two batters later for a 5-3 advantage.

Reilly gave up a pair of singles in the top of the seventh before fanning Emerson first-year Maddie Tomich (Lithia, Fla.) to close out the win.

Sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) was 2-for-4 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored, while classmate Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) struck out four and allowed just two earned runs on six hits in a complete-game win for the Green and White. Stock, who improved to 8-6 in the circle, also went 2-for-4 with two RBI at the plate.

First-year Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, Calif.) homered and senior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored for WPI (27-12). Classmate Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, Mass.) gave up two runs over 3.2 innings, while first-year Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, Calif.) allowed five runs in 3.1 innings and dropped to 6-3 with the loss.

Stock drove in Roche to pull even at 1-1 in the top of the second, but Gonzales led off the bottom of the frame with a home to right and Biney contributed a two-out RBI single to put the Engineers in front 3-1 in the second. Casey led off the fourth with a double and later scored on an RBI single by Smith to make it 3-2, and Babson pulled even in the sixth when Stock drove in sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) with a base hit to right.

Despite the benefit of just one hit in the seventh, the Beavers scratched out four runs to pull away. Paul singled and scored to take a 4-3 lead and senior Nicole Civello (Huntington Station, N.Y.) raced home on a sacrifice bunt by Mares to make it 5-3. Babson tacked on a pair of insurance runs when Casey and Mares scored on a two-out fielding error for a four-run advantage.

Stock allowed just two hits over the final five innings and retired seven of the final eight batters she faced.

Babson returns to action on Friday when it takes on top-seeded MIT at 4 p.m. in Cambridge.

• The Beavers are now 9-3 all-time against Emerson and 32-35 against WPI.
• Babson is 7-1 over the last two years in NEWMAC Tournament games, which includes a 3-0 mark against the Engineers.
• Paul has now driven in nine runs in eight career conference tournament outings, while Stock improves to 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 35.0 innings over the last years in the league playoffs.
• With eight strikeouts on Wednesday, Reilly is one of just two players in program history with 400 or more strikeouts.