Springfield, Mass. - May 6, 2017 - The Springfield College softball team fell to Babson College in a winner-take-all New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship contest, 8-3, on Saturday afternoon at Potter Field.
With the loss, Springfield College, which is the No. 1 ranked team in New England according to the latest NCAA Division III Regional Rankings, falls to 32-9, while Babson, which was ranked No. 5 in the region, is now 28-13 on the year.
Both teams will learn their fate in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament during the NCAA Selection Show, to be broadcasted here on Monday, May 8 at 1 p.m.
For her efforts throughout the entire bracket, Babson freshman Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was named the NEWMAC Softball Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) got the nod for the Pride, and pitched 5.1 innings, picking up two strikeouts, as she fell to 19-4 on the year. Her counterpart, Stock improved to 16-6 overall as she pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just three earned runs while striking out five.
Junior infielder Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) led Springfield College offensively on Saturday, as she went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the setback. With her three RBI, Drobiak pushed her season total to 50, which is the new Springfield College softball program record for RBI in a single season. The previous record was held by Jenna Webb '16, who posted 47 RBI in 2013.
Springfield College got out to an early 3-0 start in the bottom of the first inning when Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) dropped a bunt for a single, before Drobiak crushed her seventh home run of the season over the right field fence to give the Pride a two-run cushion. After Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) and Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) both reached safely, Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.) stepped up and poked one up the middle, plating Wheeler to make it 3-0, Pride.
Babson began to rally in the top of the fourth inning, when Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) singled up the middle, before a double to left center off the bat of Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) plated Tango to cut the Beavers' deficit to two. Next up, Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) snuck one through the left side of the infield, scoring Roche to make it 3-2, Springfield College.
The Beavers took a three-run lead in the top of the sixth inning on one swing of the bat, as Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) cracked a grand slam to give Babson a 6-3 lead. The inning started when Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) walked, Smith got hit by a pitch and Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) singled down the left-field line to load the bags. Next up, Paul took one deep to left-center, clearing the bags, giving Babson a 6-3 lead.
After the grand slam, Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) drew a walk, before Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) singled to left center to put two runners on, before Tango roped a triple to right field, scoring two to give Babson an 8-3 lead.