April 12, 2012

Funk, Softball Ground Gulls, 8-4

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Junior captain Catie Funk (Scarborough, Maine) hit two home runs and sophomore Kelly King (Kennebunk, Maine) added another as the Babson College softball team picked up an 8-4 win over visiting Endicott College in game one of a scheduled doubleheader on Thursday afternoon. Game two of the twinbill was then cancelled due to rain.

Picking up the victory for Babson (16-13) was first-year starter Meghan Hayes (Robbinsville, N.J.), who evened her season mark at 3-3. The rookie righthander went the first four innings and allow just one unearned run on five hits, walked one and struck out one. Sophomore Tess Rubega (Norwich, Conn.) came on in relief and allowed three runs - all of which were unearned - on five hits, walking two and fanning one as she earned the first save of her collegiate career.

First-year hurler Cam Sprague (Clifton Park, N.Y.) went 5 2/3 innings in defeat for Endicott (13-11), dropping her record to 3-4 on the season. The rookie righty pitched better than her final line indicated, as she allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits, walked a pair and struck out six.

Already Babson's all-time home run leader, Funk went 3-for-4 with a double, two long balls, and five RBI. She now has six homers this spring and a program-record 19 in her three-year career. King also added a home run - her third of the campaign - while senior captain Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore Christa Shorette (Southington, Conn.) chipped in with two hits apiece.

Endicott received two hits and two RBIs from junior Krista Fales (Melrose, Mass.), as well as two hits apiece from junior Jocelyn Russo (Middletown, Conn.), sophomore Jesse Bilafer (Concord, Mass.), and junior Colleen Martin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine).

The Gulls jumped out to a quick 1-0 advantage in the top of the first when Russo led off with a single and later scored on a successful squeeze bunt by sophomore Kelley Michael (Ipswich, Mass.). Babson then tied it in the home half of the inning, as junior Jackie Enos (Taunton, Mass.) led off with her second triple of the year and later scored on a one-out double to right-center by Funk.

The Beavers took the lead for good with one out in the second, as King launched a titanic solo shot down the line and around the foul pole in left. The hosts then made it 3-1 in the fourth when sophomore Sam Pilkington (Westborough, Mass.) hit a one-out double and scored on a base hit to left by Shorette.

Babson broke the game open with five runs in the next two innings, four of which came on Funk homers. The junior shortstop crushed a solo shot down the line in left to highlight a two-run fifth and then plated three more with an opposite-field blast with two aboard in the sixth.

Endicott would plate three unearned runs with two away in the top half of the seventh - two on a single up the middle by Fales and another on a double to right-center by Martin - but Rubega got the final batter to pop out to finish off the 8-4 victory.

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