BABSON PARK, Mass.—In a battle of regionally-ranked programs, Babson College dropped both games of a doubleheader to visiting Endicott College in non-conference softball action on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field. The Beavers were defeated 6-4 in opener and suffered a 5-4 loss to the Gulls in the night cap.
Babson, which was fifth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, slips to 19-13 on the year, while Endicott, which was ranked eighth, improves to 28-4 overall and has now won 17 consecutive games.
Game 1: Endicott 6, Babson 4
Junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) went 3-for-4 with a run scored, senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) singled twice and scored twice to go along with an RBI, and first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) contributed an RBI double for the Beavers. Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) suffered the loss after giving up five runs on five hits and four walks in 3.1 innings. Classmate Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) allowed just one run on three hits in 3.2 frames of relief.
Senior Jamie Hopgood (Warwick, R.I.) hit a grand slam and first-year Carly Marchitto (Orange, Conn.) went 2-for-2 with a single and a triple for the Gulls. Junior Michaela Hamill (Lynn, Mass.) improved to 9-2 with the win allowing just one earned run on four hits to go along with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings, while classmate Maggie Oram (Lexington, Mass.) needed just six pitches to record her third save of the spring.
Scoreless after three, Endicott exploded for six runs in the fourth to seize control of the game. Junior Hannah Llewellyn (Danvers, Mass.) got things started with an RBI single, Stock issued back-to-back walks to load the bases, and Hopgood greeted Gademsky with a grand slam to right center to make it 6-0.
The Green and White cut its deficit in half in the fifth scoring three times with two outs. Tango singled off Hamill's glove to drive in junior Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.), junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) walked to load the bases and Hamill mishandled Aguilar's comebacker which allowed both Schinik and Tango to score.
Oram relieved senior Lauren Sommerville (Suffield, Conn.) following consecutive singles by Babson to open the bottom of the seventh. After getting a quick double play she gave up a two-out RBI double to Aguilar that brought the tying run to the plate, but induced an infield pop up to end the game.
Game 2: Endicott 5, Babson 4
Schinik went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Paul walked three times and scored once, and Aguilar went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI for the Beavers. Gademsky went the distance giving up four earned runs on eight hits, and fell to 10-5 on the year with the loss.
First-year Lauren Misiaszek (Londonderry, N.H.) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and sophomore Adrianna Favreau (Tewksbury, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI to lead the Gulls. Oram (11-1) earned the complete-game win giving up two earned runs on seven hits and eight walks while fanning four.
The teams traded runs in the first and Endicott went back in front 3-1 in the third thanks to a two-out RBI triple by Favreau and an RBI single by Misaszek. The Green and White left a pair of runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings, and saw its deficit climb to 5-1 in the seventh as Favreau produced an RBI single and Misiaszek tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly.
The Beavers would not go quietly though, taking advantage of three hits and an error while sending nine batters to the plate in their final at-bat. Schinik singled, Tango reached on an error, and Paul walked to load the bases with nobody out. Aguilar drove in Schinik with a bases-load walk, and sophomore Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) drove in Tango with a pinch-hit single to make it 5-3.
Mitchell drew another bases-loaded walk with two outs to pull Babson within one, but Oram got junior Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) swinging to end the rally.
Babson returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Coast Guard for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Endicott visits MIT for a twin bill on Friday starting at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 10-11 all-time against Endicott and had won five straight games in the series prior to getting swept on Wednesday.
• Babson had won 10 of its first 12 games at home this season and had not dropped two in a row at Alumni Field since getting swept by Brandeis on April 24 of last year.
• Prior to game two on Wednesday Gademsky had won her last seven decisions dating back to March 30.