PLANT CITY, Fla.—The Babson College softball team erupted for 14 hits in game two to earn a split of its non-conference doubleheader against New York University on Wednesday afternoon at the Larson Softball Complex.
Babson, which has split its last six games, is now 3-5 on the year, while NYU is 5-3 overall.
Game 1: NYU 6, Babson 1
Senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) went 2-for-4 with a triple and classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both finished with two hits apiece in the opener for the Beavers. First-year Logan MacDonald (Wilmington, Mass.) made the first start of her career and fell to 0-1 with loss after giving up six runs on nine hits to go along with three strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Tango followed a leadoff triple by Mares with an RBI groundout. The Violets wasted little time responding though, as senior Claire Stefaneli (Lavalette, N.J.) hit a two-run homer and classmate Ashley Mains (Los Gatos, Calif.) added a solo blast in the bottom of the frame to make it 3-1.
NYU tacked on three more runs in the second as senior Diana King (Rye, N.Y.), first-year Serena Ponciano (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Stefaneli produced three straight two-out singles to extend its advantage to 6-1. Babson had its chances to cut into the deficit but was unable to come up with a timely hit leaving the bases loaded in the fifth and stranding 12 runners in the game.
Junior Scarlett Murphy (Stuart, Fla.) started and went five innings to improve to 2-1 with the win allowing one run on six hits. Senior Oliver Mould (Kennesaw, Ga.) struck out one and gave up three hits in two scoreless innings of relief for the Violets.
Game 2: Babson 12, NYU 10
Six different players finished with two hits and Hoffman and junior Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) both drove in three runs to pace the Beavers offense. Junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) both had two hits and two RBI, while Mares singled and walked twice to go along with three runs scored.
Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) earned the win in relief to improve to 2-2 on the year for Babson. She gave up four runs, just one of them earned, on three hits while striking out three in 3.2 innings. Classmate Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) pitched the first three innings allowing six runs while fanning three.
Ponciano had three hits and scored three times, while first-year Kaleena Paredes (Gilroy, Calif.) homered, scored twice and drove in four runs to lead the Violets.
Aguilar, Hoffman, Casey and junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) all drove in a run in the first inning, and the Green and White answered a solo blast by Paredes with an RBI single from Aguilar and a sacrifice fly from Hoffman to build a 6-3 lead after two. Parades tied the game with a three-run blast in the top of the fourth, but Hoffman answered with a two-out single in the bottom of the frame to put the Beavers back in front 7-6.
NYU pulled even again in the fifth, but Babson responded once more as Paul singled through the left side with two outs to drive in Casey and Mares for a 9-7 advantage. Gademsky retired the side in order in the top of the sixth and the Green and White tacked on three important insurance runs, highlighted by Casey's second double of the afternoon to drive in Hoffman and Roche.
The Violets loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh and took advantage of two errors to score three times before Gademsky got Paredes to ground out with the tying run at first to end the game.
Senior Cassi Parulis (Roanoke, Va.), who came on in relief of classmate Karissa Zubulake (Whitehouse Station, N.J.), gave up six runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings and suffered the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year for NYU.
Babson wraps up its spring break trip on Wednesday when it faces Messiah at 9 a.m. and Oswego at 11:15 a.m.
• Wednesday's doubleheader marked the first and second all-time meetings between Babson and NYU.
• The Beavers' 12 runs scored and 14 hits in game two are their highest totals since scoring 14 runs on 16 hits in a win at Smith back on April 18, 2018.
• Babson has recorded at least one extra-base hit in seven consecutive games