BABSON PARK, Mass.-- Junior Brooke Stock fired a one-hitter in the opener and senior Ashley Tango came through with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh in game two, as Babson College swept visiting UMass Boston softball in non-conference softball action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Babson College 11, UMass Boston 0 (5 Innings)
Babson College 3, UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 21-18)
(Babson College 23-13)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a forgettable game-one against their regionally-ranked hosts, UMass Boston played the Beavers extremely competitively and nearly earned the game two win.
Sophomore Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.) led the Beacons with a career-high three hits in three at-bats and a run scored and RBI in game two.
GAME ONE RECAP
Stock held the Beacons to just one hit over five innings and the Beavers offense exploded for six runs in the third-inning.
Stock limited the Beacons to one hit and one walk, while striking out six Beacons.
On the Beacons side, Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) recorded the Beacons' lone hit and walk.
In the circle, Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) got the start and allowed five hits and three earned runs over the first two innings. Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) was charged with eight hits and seven earned runs over the final two frames.
Babson struck for three runs in the first, six more in the second and two in the fourth to earn the mercy-rule victory.
UMass Boston had their lone chance to score in the second. Pawlina led off with a double and moved to third with two outs, but Stock induced a pop-up to end the inning.
GAME TWO RECAP
UMass Boston grabbed the lead in the second and led 2-0 into the fifth inning, before a late Beavers rally resulted in a walk-off win.
Washington recorded three of the Beacons' six hits, as she finished 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) and Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) each added a double in the loss.
In the circle, Catania was extremely impressive, as she held the Beavers to seven hits and three runs over 6.1 innings.
Washington singled and later scored thanks to a two-out error in the second, and then drove in Tulley with a single to left in the fourth to give the Beacons a 2-0 advantage. Paul cut the deficit in half with a two-out single to bring home Mitchell in the bottom of the fifth, but Babson stranded a pair of runners in scoring position and went to the sixth trailing by one.
Catania retired the side in order in the sixth but ran into trouble in the seventh as Abrianna Natoli worked a lead-off walk before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. Josephine Mares stroked a double to the wall in left center to tie the game, and Tango followed with an RBI single to center to give the Green and White a walk-off victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Washington entered Saturday's game two with two hits in 15 at-bats this season.
- With the sweep, UMass Boston has now lost six of their past seven games to close out the regular season.
- Vento is one hit shy of her second career 50-hit season and three hits shy of tying the program record for career hits (197).
- Babson has won eight-straight games over the Beacons to extend their advantage to 17-8 all-time against UMass Boston.
- UMass Boston did get some help on Saturday in their pursuit of a spot in the Little East Conference Tournament. The Beacons can clinch a playoff spot on Sunday with either one UMass Dartmouth win over Western Connecticut State or one Rhode Island College loss in their final four LEC games.
UMass Boston hopes to travel to either UMass Dartmouth or Plymouth State University on Thursday for the Little East Conference Tournament. If they get in, the Beacons will play in either the first game (10 a.m. as the 6th seed) or the second game (Noon as the 5th seed).
Parts of this release courtesy of Babson College Sports Information Department