Regionally-Ranked Beavers Set Record for NEWMAC Wins
NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) drove in three runs in game one and junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) fired a four-hit shutout in the nightcap as visiting Babson College swept the Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.
The Beavers (21-13, 14-4 NEWMAC) edged the Bears (18-20, 6-12 NEWMAC) 6-3 in the opener before cruising to a 7-0 win in game two. Babson, which is seventh in the most recent NCAA regional rankings, recorded its most league wins in program history and will be the third seed in next week's conference tournament.
Game 1: Babson 6, Coast Guard 3
Corrigan went 3-for-4 with three RBI and junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) added three hits and scored twice to pace the Beavers' 14-hit attack in the opener. Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, and classmate Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) contributed two hits and an RBI in the win.
Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) went the distance to improve to 10-7 on the year. She gave up three runs while scattering eight hits and struck out 12 for the Green and White.
Junior Carly Hattman (Egg Harbor, N.J.) went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Bears. Classmate Julia Ferris (Falls Church, Va.) got the start in the circle but recorded just four outs after giving up four runs on six hits to fall to 10-10 with the loss.
The Green and White started fast as Tango drove in Mares with a single to center and Corrigan followed with a two-out, two-run knock to make it 3-0 in the first. Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) doubled and scored on an RBI single by Mares in the second, and first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) and Corrigan each drove in a run in the fourth as Babson extended its lead to 6-0.
Stock retired nine straight batters after giving up a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, but ran into trouble with two outs in the last of the fourth as seniors Malia Hindle (Seaville, N.J.) and Kellie Franza (Roseto, Pa.) and junior Kayla Sowers (Rocklin, Calif.) produced three straight RBI singles as Coast Guard cut its deficit to 6-3. The Bears brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh before Stock recorded a fly out and a strikeout to end the threat.
Game 2: Babson 7, Coast Guard 0
Gademsky (11-5) struck out four, walked none and allowed just four singles to record her second shutout of the season for the Green and White. Tango hit a two-run homer, junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Corrigan, Aguilar and Roche all finished with two hits apiece in the contest.
Sowers went 2-for-2 at the plate, while sophomore Sydney Arendt (Manistee, Mich.) gave up four runs on six hits over 4.1 innings to fall to 8-10 with the loss for the Bears.
Babson took a 2-0 lead in the third as Mares walked and Schinik doubled before coming home on Paul's two-out single to center. Tango went deep to make it 4-0 in the fifth and the Beavers scored three more times in the sixth to put the game away.
Junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) followed Roche's leadoff double with an RBI single, Schinik plated Mitchell with a sacrifice fly, and Paul drove in another run with a single to right for a 7-0 advantage. Gademsky retired eight straight batters in the middle innings and allowed just a pair of infield singles over the first 4.2 innings.
Babson wraps its regular season when it welcomes UMass Boston to Alumni Field for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
• The Beavers are now 24-35 all-time against Coast Guard and have won their last seven games in the series.
• In eight career games against the Bears Tango is 12-for-25 (.480) with a double, a homer and six runs batted in.
• Tango's homer was the first for Babson since April 12, a stretch of 10 games.