PLANT CITY, Fla.—The Babson College softball split a pair of games on Tuesday falling to Messiah College 5-4 in its opener before bouncing back with an 8-5 victory over SUNY Oswego in the nightcap.
The Beavers, who have split two straight doubleheaders, are now 2-4 on the year. Oswego is also 2-4, while Messiah sits at 5-7 on the year.
Game 1: Messiah 5, Babson 4
Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) doubled twice to help the Green and White build a 4-1 lead before Messiah rallied with a four-run ninth inning. Fellow junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) drove in a run, sophomore Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) doubled and scored, and junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) doubled and scored in the loss.
Sophomore Isabel Seise (Jefferson Township, Pa.) drove in two runs and junior Jaelynn Harbold (Jacobus, Pa.) doubled for the Eagles, who recorded just one hit prior to the seventh inning. First-year Emily Albanese (Rexford, N.Y.) tossed five shutout innings of relief to improve to 3-0 on the year, while sophomore Joy Kolakowski (Cordova, Md.) allowed four runs, just one of them earned, over the first two frames.
The Beavers did all their damage with two outs in the top of the second. Roche plated Hoffman with a double to right center, sophomore Alicia Bagan (Winnetka, Ill.) reached on an error, Schinik drove in Roche with a single up the middle, and Tango capped the rally with a double to left to make it 4-0.
Babson junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was on cruise control for much of her outing before running into trouble in the seventh. Four straight hitters reached base as Messiah tied the game at 4-4 on Haylee Anders' (Seven Valleys, Pa.) single to left. Anders raced to third on a fielding error one batter later and then scored the game-winning run when junior Ashley Carroll (Etters, Pa.) legged out an infield single.
Stock (1-2) went the distance for the Beavers giving up four earned runs on six hits to go along with one strikeout and three walks.
GAME 2: Babson 8, Oswego 5
Tango, Paul and first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) all finished with two hits and combined for five extra-base hits and six RBI in Babson's victory over Oswego. Tango had a double and a triple, Paul doubled twice and Aguilar added the first two-bagger of her career in the win. Senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) also singled and scored twice in support of junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.), who gave up four earned runs in a complete-game effort to improve to 1-2 on the season.
Senior Emily Knowlden (Horseheads, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while classmate Angela Frampton (Corning, N.Y.), sophomore Madelana Wrubel (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and senior Sarah McCullogh (Montgomery, N.Y.) all finished with two hits apiece for the Lakers. First-year Brianna Harrington (Gansevoort, N.Y.) gave up six runs, just one of them earned, on five hits in 2.1 innings and dropped to 1-1 with the loss.
The Green and White quickly erased a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the first. Tango drove in Mares with a triple to right and Aguilar and Mitchell came through with back-to-back two-out singles to go in front 3-2. Oswego left the bases loaded in the top of the third and Babson extended its lead with three more runs in the bottom of the frame, which included a two-run double by Aguilar.
The Beavers extended their advantage to 8-2 on consecutive RBI doubles by Tango and Paul in the top of the sixth, and then held off a late Oswego rally in the top of the seventh. The Lakers, who stranded a pair of runners on base in their final at-bat, left 12 on base for the game.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the first of two games against NYU at the Larson Softball Complex in Plant City.
• The Beavers are now 0-2 all-time against Messiah and 1-0 versus Oswego. Babson will face both opponents again on Thursday morning.
• After scoring just four runs over their first four games, the Beavers erupted for 12 runs on Tuesday and scored at least three runs in three separate innings over the two contests.
• Babson has recorded 12 doubles over its last three outings.