SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Following an extra-inning loss in the opener, junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) tossed a complete-game five-hitter to help visiting Babson College earn a split of Friday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at Potter Field.
The Beavers, who are fifth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, have won seven of their last eight games to improve to 19-11 overall and 12-4 in league play. Springfield is 18-14 overall and 9-7 in the NEWMAC.
Game 1: Springfield 7, Babson 6 (8 innings)
Sophomore Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with an RBI, senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, and classmate Josephine Mares (Houston Texas) singled, walked twice and drove in a run for Babson. Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) went the distance allowing six earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking three. She is now 9-6 on the year.
Junior Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) doubled, homered and drove in two runs, while classmate Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) tripled and drove in three runs for the Pride. Fellow junior Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) went 2-for-2 with two runs scored at the plate and tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, improving to 4-4 on the season.
Hoffman's RBI single in the first held up until the fifth when Conley capped a three-run rally with a two-run homer to left to put Springfield in front 3-1. The Beavers responded with a five-run sixth inning that included a two-out error to load the bases, an RBI walk by Mares, and another miscue by the Pride following Tango's single that cleared the bases and made it 6-3.
Springfield went down in order in the sixth, but loaded the bases in the seventh and tied the game when Sastram tripled to the wall in right center. Babson junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) was gunned down at home trying to score on a fly ball to right in the top of the eighth, and junior Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) drove in the game-winning run with a bouncing single through the left side in the bottom of the frame.
Game 2: Babson 4, Springfield 1
First-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) recorded two of Babson's four hits and Mares went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in support of Gademsky, who improved to 10-4 with the win. She struck out two and allowed just five hits while walking three in the victory.
Wheeler doubled and drove in a run for the Pride. First-year Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) gave up three runs, all unearned, on three hits and two walks in 6.0 innings to fall to 7-5 with the loss.
Trailing 1-0 going to the third, the Green and White took the lead with a three-run rally that included just one hit. Junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) drew the first of two straight two-out walks, and Conley made back-to-back errors at shortstop to help the Beavers take a 3-1 lead.
After stranding a pair of runners on base in the sixth, Babson tacked on an insurance run in the seventh as Schinik walked with one out, stole second with two outs and came around to score on Mares' single to center to make it 4-1. Springfield left five of its eight runners on base over the first three frames, and Gademsky used a line drive double play to get out of the fifth.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Coast Guard for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Pride heads to Smith for a pair of games starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
• The Beavers are 23-37 all-time against the Pride and the teams have split their regular season doubleheader in seven consecutive seasons going back to 2013.
• Babson had not gone to extra innings this season prior to Friday's game one loss.
• The Beavers are now 13-1 on the year when limiting their opponents to two runs or less.