WESTWOOD, Mass.—The Babson College softball program had four players earn New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference when the league announced its postseason award winners on Tuesday.
Senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) were both named to the all-league first team, while senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) both garnered second-team accolades. The Beavers' four all-conference selections are the program's most since 2010.
Mares, who was an all-conference second-team choice in 2017, put together the best season of her career batting .419 with career highs of 12 extra-base hits, 22 walks, 20 RBI and 39 runs scored. She led the conference in both batting average and on-base percentage (.527), was second in runs scored, third in hits, fifth in walks and seventh in total bases over 18 starts.
A four-year starter for the Beavers, Mares hit .348 in 163 games and ranks second in triples (11), fourth in runs scored (125) and walks (66), seventh in hits (171), and is tied for 10th in program history in total bases (221).
One of the league's top pitchers, Stock appeared in 28 games going 12-8 with five saves and a 2.44 earned run average in 132.2 innings pitched. She ranked first in the NEWMAC in strikeouts (140), strikeouts per seven innings (7.41) and saves with a single-season program record five. Stock also tossed 15 complete games and recorded five shutouts while holding opposing hitters to just a .202 average.
Tango was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team for the second year in a row after hitting a career-best .359 with 12 extra-base hits, 22 RBI, and career highs of 31 runs, 10 walks and 12 stolen bases. She led the Green and White with 14 multi-hit games, drove in two or more runs on six occasions, and did not make an error in 18 starts at third base in conference play.
A four-year starter at third, Tango hit .330 in 171 career games and ranks fourth on the program's all-time list in hits (178), is tied for fifth in RBI (98) and total bases (248) and seventh in doubles (37), and ranks 10th in stolen bases (29).
Paul collected the first all-conference honor of her career after setting new career highs in batting average .(.398), on-base percentage (.532), slugging percentage (.556), hits (43), doubles (14), walks (32) and runs batted in (33) over 40 games. In NEWMAC play she ranked first in walks, third in on-base percentage, seventh in RBI, eighth in doubles and 10th in average.
In addition to Babson's four all-league awards, junior Charlie Guscott (Milton, Mass.) was named to the NEWMAC Sportsmanship Team.
The Beavers won a program record 14 games in conference play and finished the year with an overall record of 25-15.