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NEWMAC Tournament Day Two Preview: Softball Faces Springfield in Elimination Game

NEWMAC Tournament Day Two Preview: Softball Faces Springfield in Elimination Game

NEWMAC Tournament | Game #6
Softball vs. Springfield
Friday, May 3 | 12 p.m.
Rooftop Field | Worcester, Mass.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Day 1 – Wednesday, May 1st
Game #1: No. 5 Emerson 3, No. 4 Springfield 2
Game #2: No. 3 Babson 4, No. 6 Wellesley 2
Game #3: No. 1 WPI 8, No. 5 Emerson 0 (6 inn.)
Game #4: No. 2 MIT 1, No. 3 Babson 0

Day 2 – Friday, May 3rd (at WPI)
Game #5: No. 5 Wellesley vs. No. 6 Emerson, 10 a.m.
Game #6: No. 3 Babson vs. No. 4 Springfield, 12 p.m.
Game #7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 2:00 p.m.
Game #8: No. 1 WPI vs. No. 2 MIT, 4 p.m.

Day 3 – Saturday, May 4th (at WPI)
Game #9: Winner of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8, 12 p.m.
Game #10: Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9, 2 p.m.

Day 4 – Sunday, May 5th (at highest remaining seed)
Game #11: Winner of Game 10 vs. Loser of Game 10 (if necessary), 1:00 p.m.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 61st time on Friday in a series that dates back to 1999. The Beavers are 23-37 all-time against the Pride and have won five of the last seven games in the series.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• The Beavers and Pride will for the 19th time in NEWMAC Tournament history on Friday. The teams have split their previous 18 meetings and the Beavers defeated the Pride twice to capture their first conference title in more than a decade in 2017.

LAST MEETING
• Babson took advantage of two errors as part of a three-run third inning and got a complete-game effort in the circle from junior Katie Gademsky in a 4-1 win over the Pride in game two of a doubleheader on April 19 in Springfield.
• First-year Isabel Aguilar tripled as part of a two-hit day and senior Josephine Mares contributed an RBI single for Babson.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Junior Meghan Sastram tied the game with a bases loaded triple in the bottom of the seventh and classmate Allie Wheeler produced an RBI single in the eighth as the Pride edged Babson, 7-6, in the opening game of a doubleheader on April 19.
• Senior Ashley Tango drove in two runs for the Beavers, who scored five times in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead. Junior Alexyss Conley went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer for Springfield.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Fourth-seeded Springfield (22-15) suffered a 3-2 loss to fifth-seeded Emerson in its NEWMAC Tournament opener on Wednesday.
• Sastram and junior Yaixsa Vargas both drove in a run for the Pride, which got hits from seven different players but stranded eight runners on base.
• Conley is batting .376 with 22 extra-base hits and 32 runs batted in, Vargas is hitting .333 with eight extra-base hits and 16 RBI, and Wheeler enters the weekend at .325 with five doubles, three home runs and 22 runs driven in.
• Senior Shelby Allen (9-6) boasts a 1.87 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 119.2 innings, while first-year Gillian Kane has gone 9-5 with a 4.18 ERA in 17 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Third-seeded Babson (24-14) followed up a 4-2 win over sixth-seeded Wellesley with a 1-0 loss to second-seeded and 19th-ranked MIT on Wednesday.
• Junior Brooke Stock allowed just three hits in a complete-game effort for the Beavers, who left seven runners on base over the first six innings.
• Mares is batting .434 with 11 extra-base hits, 20 RBI and 37 runs scored, junior Jacqueline Paul is hitting .406 with 14 doubles and 32 runs batted in, and Tango enters the weekend with a .371 average to go along with 12 extra-base hits, 21 runs driven in and 31 runs scored.
• Stock is 11-8 with a 2.53 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 124.1 innings, while junior Katie Gademsky improved to 13-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 99.1 innings pitched with her win over the Blue.

PUSHED TO THE BRINK
• After going 1-1 on the opening day of the tournament, Babson must win five straight games to capture its second NEWMAC title in three years.
• The Beavers won three straight elimination games in 2017 and won four straight in 2013 before falling to Springfield in the winner-take-all final.

CLOSING IN ON 500
• Head coach Dave Canan earned his 497th career victory in the Beavers' 4-2 triumph over Wellesley, and is now just three wins shy of 500.

LEAVING THEIR MARK ON THE RECORD BOOKS
• Tango is tied for fourth in program history in hits (177), ranks fifth in both RBI (97) and total bases (247), and is tied for seventh with 37 doubles.
• Mares is second in Babson history with 11 triples, is fourth in both runs (123) and walks (64) and moved into seventh place in hits (170).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 12-6 in postseason elimination games dating back to 2013.

LOOKING AHEAD
• The winner of Friday's game will face either Emerson or Wellesley in another elimination game at 2 p.m. in Worcester.

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