LAKELAND, Fla.—The Babson College softball team dropped both ends of its season opening doubleheader against TCNJ on Saturday afternoon. The Lions took game one 9-0 in six innings and won game two 12-1.
The Beavers open the season at 0-2, while TCNJ evens its record at 4-4.
GAME 1: TNCJ 9, Babson 0 (6 innings)
Senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) doubled and classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) both singled as the Green and White was limited to just three hits in the loss. Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) struck out three but allowed six runs on six hits in four innings.
Sophomore Lauren Conroy (Aberdeen, N.J.) hit a three-run homer and classmate Elyse Nardozza (Pennington, N.J.) produced a two-run blast as part of the Lions' 11-hit attack. Senior Gaby Bennett (Hamilton, N.J.) also had two hits, two stolen bases and two RBI, while sophomore Alanna Namit (Mountainside, N.J.) improved to 2-2 with a complete-game effort.
Junior Annalise Suitovsky (Warren Township, N.J.) gave TCNJ the lead with a two-out double in the second and Conroy followed a single and a walk with a three-run homer to make it 4-0 in the third. The Beavers stranded a pair of runners in the top of the fourth and Nardozza drilled a two-run homer over the wall in left in the bottom of the frame to extend the Lions' advantage to 6-0.
GAME 2: TCNJ 12, Babson 1
Junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and first-year Marlee Hamor (Beverly, Mass.) both singled for the Beavers, while first year Cara Harnick (Sammamish, Wash.) came across with the team's lone run of the game in the fourth inning. Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) started and allowed 10 earned runs over 6.1 innings in the loss.
Conroy, who drove in three runs, and Suitovsky both had three hits, senior Jess McGuire (Stockton, N.J.) doubled twice and had an RBI, and Bennett chipped in with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored to pace TCNJ's 14-hit attack. Sweet struck out five and allowed just the one unearned run and two hits in a complete game effort to improve to 2-2 on the year.
The Lions jumped on top with three runs in the tip of the first and batted around in the way to scoring five more times, highlighted by a two-run single from Bennett, for an 8-0 lead. Harnick reaches in an error in the bottom of the frame, Hamor snacked a single to center, and Paul followed with an RBI knock to get the Green and White on the board.
Gademsky retired the side in order in both the fifth and sixth innings, but the Lions took advantage of an error and three walks in the top of the seventh to tack on four more runs.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it takes on Stevens in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. in Plant City.