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Softball Splits Doubleheader at No. 5 MIT

Softball Splits Doubleheader at No. 5 MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed a complete-game two-hitter and four different players drove in a run as Babson College took game one on the way to splitting a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader No. 5 MIT on Friday afternoon at Briggs Field.

The Beavers won the opener 6-1 before falling to the Engineers in the nightcap, 2-0.

Babson, which has won four of its last five games, is 7-7 overall and 3-1 in league play, while MIT is 7-5 overall and 1-1 in the NEWMAC.

Game 1: Babson 6, No. 5 MIT 1
First-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) went 4-for-4 with an RBI and senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) singled and scored twice to lead Babson's 10-hit attack. Sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) walked three times and contributed an RBI double, while senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) singled and drove in two runs.

Stock (4-2) struck out seven, walked two and allowed just a solo home run to junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) in the bottom of the sixth inning to win her third consecutive start. Senior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) went the distance for MIT allowing six runs on 10 hits and six walks to fall to 3-3 on the year.

Mares singled and scored on a wild pitch, while senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) walked and came around to score on Aguilar's single to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Paul made it 3-0 by driving in junior Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) with two outs in the fourth, and the Green and White busted the game open with a three-run sixth inning.

Mares and Paul both walked and scored on Corrigan's two-run single to right center, and Aguilar raced home on junior Tori Roche's (Andover, Mass.) sacrifice fly for a 6-0 advantage. Stock retired 14 of the final 15 batters she faced, allowing just Goetz's solo blast to left to start the last of the sixth.

Game 2: No. 5 MIT 2, Babson 0
Junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) and sophomore Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both singled for Babson, which as limited to just two hits in the loss. Stock (4-3) started and allowed one run on three hits over three innings before handing the ball to junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.), who gave up one run on four hits over the final three frames.

Juniors Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) both had two hits in support of sophomore Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.), who struck out eight to improve to 4-2 with the complete-game shutout for MIT.

The Engineers took the lead in the bottom of the second as Wist reached with a one-out single to right and later scored on first-year Kassidy Peterson's (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) base hit up the middle for a 1-0 lead. The hosts doubled their advantage in the fourth thanks to a one-out fielding error after loading the bases with a double, a walk and an infield single.

The Beavers' best scoring chance came with two outs in the fifth as Roche walked and Hoffman singled before Campbell ended the threat with a strikeout.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts Wellesley, while MIT travels to Coast Guard.

• The Beavers are now 42-22 all-time against MIT.
• Babson and the Engineers have split their last eight games while combining to score just 28 runs.
• The Beavers are 3-5 over the last two seasons against nationally-ranked opponents.