Babson Upends Softball In NEWMAC Championship Series
Babson Park, Mass. - May 15, 2021 - In a rematch of the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, the Springfield College softball team was upended by Babson on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers earned a 3-0 victory in the opening before clinching the title with a 4-1 triumph in the second contest.
The second-seeded Pride had its season come to a close with a 9-5 record, while top-seeded Babson moved to 15-1 on the year and earned the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
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Game One - Babson College 3, Springfield College 0
Springfield had plenty of chances in the early going but was unable to get a runner across the plate as Babson pulled out a 3-0 victory in the opening game of the championship series. Ashley Pugliese (Long Island, N.Y.) was strong in the circle for the Pride as she scattered six hits and struck out two while giving up three earned runs. Classmate Callie Gendron (Berlin, Conn.) produced two of Springfield's five hits as the Pride left 10 runners on base.
In the top of the second, Sara Mulligan (Cheshire, Conn.) led off with a walk and moved to third after Gendron hammered a double to put two runners in scoring position with two outs. Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) would later load the bases after being hit by a pitch, but Babson was able to get out of the inning with a fly ball.
Springfield loaded up the bases again in the fourth, highlighted by singles from Gendron, Dana Serricchio (Stamford, Conn.), and Salvietti but another flyball with two outs kept the Pride off the scoreboard.
Babson struck in the bottom half of the frame, as Brooke Stock led off with a single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Jacqueline Paul followed by cracking a single up the the middle to plate the game's first run. The Pride stranded two more runs in the top of the fifth, and Babson responded with another run in the bottom half as Lexi Morris blistered a two-out double to plate Cara Harnick. The Beavers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Sam Burggraf.
Stock earned the win as she struck out 10 for Babson and gave up five hits.
Game Two- Babson College 4, Springfield College 1
In the second game of the afternoon, Babson jumped out to a 2-0 advantage through the first two innings and held on for the 4-1 victory to earn their first conference title since 2017. Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) took the loss for the Pride as she gave up four earned runs off 10 hits. Moira O'Reilly struck out seven in six innings to earn the win, while Brooke Stock earned the save in one-inning of relief as she earned Most Outstanding Player for her efforts on the day.
Babson scratched out four-straight one-out singles in the bottom of the first to manufacture the first run as Stock crossed the plate on a Burggraf single to left. Kate Karamouzis led off the second with a double down the left field line and later came around to score two batters later when Lexi Morris connected on a single to right.
Springfield threatened in the top of the fifth as Christina D'Ambro (New Hartford, N.Y.) singled and Mackenzie Doyle (Glocester, R.I.) followed up with a walk before both advanced on a passed ball to put runners on second and third with one out. However, O'Reilly induced a popout and notched her second strikeout of the frame to get out of the jam. The Beavers answered in the bottom half, as Audrey Labouliere produced a bases-loaded single just over the outstretched arm of a Springfield infielder to drive in two runs to push the hosts advantage to 4-0.
With runners on first and second in the seventh, Doyle registered a single to to right center to score Katie Leacoma (Walpole, Mass.) for Springfield's first run of the day. Alli Olsen (Ridgefield, N.J.) followed with a towering single to left field, but Babson made a strong defensive play to get the runner at home plate to limit the Pride's rally. Stock then got a fly out to center to seal the championship victory.