Softball at the Sunkissed Games
Saturday, March 16 vs. TCNJ (DH), 11 a.m.
Sunday, March 17 vs. Stevens, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 19 vs. Messiah, 11 a.m. | vs. Oswego, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 vs. NYU, 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 21 vs. Messiah, 9:30 a.m. | vs. Oswego, 11:45 a.m.
vs. TCNJ: The Beavers are 0-1 all-time against the Lions and suffered a 6-4 loss on March 11, 2011, in the only previous meeting between the teams.
vs. Stevens: First meeting
vs. Messiah: The Beavers were blanked 5-0 by the Eagles in the only meeting between the programs on March 20, 2009.
vs. Oswego: First meeting
vs. NYU: First meeting
SCOUTING THE LIONS
• TCNJ (2-4) heads to Florida after dropping both games of a doubleheader against Lynchburg last Sunday.
• Senior Jess McGuire is batting .538 (7-of-13) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI, classmate Gaby Bennett is hitting .421 with four RBI and six runs scored, and sophomore Katie Winchock has a .381 on-base percentage to go along with a team-high seven runs scored.
• Sophomore Alana Namit is 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA and his holding opposing hitters to a .192 average in three starts, while classmate Eliza Sweet has gone 1-2 with 11 strikeouts in 14 innings and a 7.00 ERA in three starts.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
• Stevens (0-2) was swept by New Paltz in its season-opening doubleheader on Wednesday.
• Sophomore Madison Gemma went 4-for-7 with a double and two RBI and junior Victoria Kapp, who doubled and tripled, was one of three players to recorded three hits in the twin bill.
• The Ducks returns 14 players from a team that went 21-13 last season led by junior Samantha Schattin, who batted .336 with six extra-base hits and 24 runs scored. Senior Christine LaRochelle, the team's top returning pitcher, went 9-5 with a 1.71 ERA in 106.2 innings.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
• Messiah (4-2) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Mary Washington on Tuesday.
• Senior Erin Cressman is batting .500 with four extra-base hits and seven runs batted in, junior Ashley Carroll is 5-of-14 (.357) at the plate with five runs scored, and classmate McKenzie Tebbs is batting .333 with two home runs and nine RBI.
• Sophomore Joy Kolakowski is 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA and three complete games in three starts, while first-year Emily Albanese has gone 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA in 6.2 innings out of the bullpen.
SCOUTING THE LAKERS
• Oswego (0-0) opens the season at Ferrum on March 16 and returns 15 players from a team that finished 19-15 last season.
• Reigning SUNYAC Player of the Year, junior Rebecca Vilchez, hit .378 with 15 doubles and 22 RBI, senior Angela Frampton batted .374 with 10 doubles, four homers and 30 runs batted in, and sophomore Madelana Wrubel finished with a .349 average to go along with five extra-base hits and 14 runs scored.
• Vilchez, who also earned league pitcher of the year honors, went 14-10 with a 2.61 ERA, while Frampton was 4-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 20 appearances.
SCOUTING THE VIOLETS
• NYU (0-0) begins the year against Messiah and Stevens on March 16 and returns 16 players from a squad that went 21-20 in 2018.
• Senior Claire Stefanelli batted .404 with 10 extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in, classmate Diana King was named to the NFHCA Player of the Year Watch List after hitting .389 with 11 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 33 RBI, and fellow senior Jacqueline Finn smacked seven doubles and five homers while driving in 18 runs.
• Senior Karissa Zubulake went 7-3 with a 1.83 ERA in 65.0 innings, while classmate Cassi Parulis (5-3) finished with a 4.13 ERA and struck out 53 batters in 62.2 innings pitched.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (0-0) returns 14 players from a team that finished 27-16 after reaching the NEWMAC Tournament final for the second year in a row.
• Senior Ashley Tango batted a career-best .336 to go along with 11 doubles and 24 runs batted in, junior Jacqueline Paul hit .331 and led the team with 32 RBI, and classmate Victoria Casey finished with a .331 average while smacking eight doubles and driving in 14 runs.
• Junior Brooke Stock went 8-7 with a 2.04 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 89.1 innings, while classmate Katie Gademsky appeared in 13 games going 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA.
• The Beavers received three first-place votes and came in second when the NEWMAC released its preseason poll back in February. Defending regular season and tournament champions MIT, which reached the College World Series last year, came in first, while WPI was third.
SUCCESS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
• The Beavers went 4-1 in five games last season and are 12-5 dating back to 2017 in the state of Florida.
• Paul is batting .351 with seven RBI in 14 career games in Florida, Casey is hitting .346 with four doubles and seven RBI in nine starts Florida starts, and classmate Tori Roche has doubled and homered to go along with a .375 average in two spring break trips.
• Stock, who is a native of Fort Lauderdale, has gone 7-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 57.1 innings in Florida over her first two seasons.
CANAN BEGINS 20TH SEASON
• The winningest coach in program history, Dave Canan begins his 20th season at the helm of the Babson softball program. He has guided the Beavers to the NEWMAC Tournament final in four of the last seven years in addition to winning at least 27 games in three consecutive seasons.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers went 27-3 in 2018 when scoring at least three runs.