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Softball Rides Timely Hitting, Solid Pitching to Sweep of Wheaton

Softball Rides Timely Hitting, Solid Pitching to Sweep of Wheaton

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) and junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) both had two hits in each game to help Babson College sweep a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader against visiting Wheaton College on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Beavers (14-10, 9-3 NEWMAC) scored 10 run in the first inning on the way to taking the opener 13-0 in five innings, and then defeated the Lyons (18-12, 4-8 NEWMAC), 4-2, in the nightcap.

Game 1: Babson 13, Wheaton 0 (5 innings)
Paul went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI, classmate Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) homered and drove in a pair of runs, and Corrigan singled twice and drove in two more runs for the Beavers. First-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) also had three hits and drove in two runs, while senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the win.

Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and first-year Logan MacDonald (Wilmington, Mass.) combined on a four-hit shutout for the Green and White. Stock (7-5) struck out three over four innings, while MacDonald faced retired the side in order in the fifth.

Senior Shelbi Wilson (Peabody, Mass.) had a double and first-year Sarah Pritchard (Malta, N.Y.) suffered her first loss of the year to fall to 8-1 after giving up six runs and recording just one out in the first inning.

Babson sent 16 batters to the plate in the first and had seven different players drive in a run on the way to building a 10-0 advantage. Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.), Aguilar, Casey, Mares and Corrigan all recorded RBI singles, while Paul followed up a sacrifice fly in her first at-bat with a two-run double to right her second time up.

Casey hit her first career home run in the second, a solo shot off the top of the wall in left to make it 11-0. Aguilar singled home Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) in the third and Corrigan followed with a sacrifice fly for a 13-run cushion.

Game 2: Babson 4, Wheaton 2
Paul was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, Corrigan singled twice and Mares went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Beavers. Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) gave up two runs on four hits in four innings of work to improve to 6-4 with her fourth straight win, and Stock picked up her third save by striking out six and allowing just one baserunner over the final three frames.

Senior Jade Assad (Lambertville, N.J.) homered and scored twice, while Wilson contributed an RBI double at the dish for Wheaton. She also tossed a complete game in the circle giving up four runs, three of them earned, on 10 hits to slip to 9-9 with the loss.

Wilson staked the Lyons to a 1-0 lead with her two-out double in the top of the first, but Paul answered back with a two-run homer to left to give the Green and White a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the frame. Assad tied it with a leadoff homer to center in the fourth, but the Beavers went back in front in the bottom of the frame thanks to a two-out RBI single by Mares.

Babson tacked on an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Mares in the bottom of the sixth and Stock finished off the win by striking out the final five batters she faced.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts Emerson in a doubleheader, while Wheaton meets Clark.

• The Beavers are 24-46 all-time against Wheaton but have won four straight in the series.
• Paul has dominated Lyon pitching in six career games going 12-for-16 (.750) with three doubles, a homer and seven RBI.
• Babson has won 10 of its last 12 NEWMAC games at Alumni Field going back to last April.
• By recording the sixth save of her career on Friday, Stock passed Kathleen Conway '14 as the program's all-time leader.