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Softball Rallies to Split Doubleheader with Brandeis

Softball Rallies to Split Doubleheader with Brandeis

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following a 3-1 loss in game one, Babson College rallied from a pair of one-run deficits to defeat visiting Brandeis University, 6-5, and earn a split of Tuesday's non-conference softball doubleheader against the Judges at Alumni Field.

Babson, which has won 11 of its last 15 games, is now 20-11 overall, while Brandeis remains one game under .500 at 10-11 on the year.

Senior Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) went 2-for-2 at the plate, but the Green and White was limited to just four hits in a 3-1 loss in the opener. Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) gave up two earned runs and five hits while striking out four in a complete-game effort to fall to 8-6 on the year.

The Beavers scratched out a run in the first when sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) walked and later scored on a fielding error with two outs for a 1-0 lead. Brandeis tied the game on an RBI single by first-year Taylor Simala (Wellsburg, W.Va.), and took advantage of an error in the third when junior Amanda Shore (San Jose, Calif.) scored on a two-out single by first-year PJ Ross (Kingston, N.H.) to make it 2-1 in the third.

The Judges extended their advantage to 3-1 in the fifth as senior Madison Hunter (Parker, Colo.) led off with a double to left and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before racing home on a sacrifice fly to right by sophomore Marissa DeLaurentis (Centereach, N.Y.).

The lead was more than enough for first-year Scottie Todd (Tampa, Fla.), who kept Babson off balance all day. She worked out of a jam in the second and moved to 8-4 on the year by striking out one and walking two over seven innings.

Reilly tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief and the Green and White scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to salvage a split with a 6-5 victory. Sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Mares, junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) and first-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) all finished with two hits apiece.

The Beavers took an early in the nightcap as Mares led off with a single, moved to third on a bunt Schinik and then scored on an RBI single by Smith. Tango then doubled to the gap in left center to drive in Smith for a 2-0 advantage.

Schinik gunned down Brandeis senior Allie Hecht (Melville, N.Y.) at the plate for the second out in the third inning, but the Judges drew consecutive walks and then went in front on a three-run blast to left by DeLaurentis. Babson responded by retaking the lead in the bottom of the frame though, as Tango plated Schinik with a one-out single to right and first-year Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to deliver Smith for a 4-3 edge.

Brandeis put together another two-out rally and regained a 5-4 lead on Todd's two-run single to right in the top of the fifth, only to see the Green and White come right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Tango led off with a single and came around to tie the game on a base hit by Merullo. Judges' first-year pitcher Callie MacDonald (Hanover, Mass.) got a soft liner to shortstop for the second out, but senior Shannon Kortmann (Manalapan, N.J.) smacked a single to center field that plated first-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) to push Babson back in front 6-5.

Reilly, who came on in relief of first-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the fifth, allowed just one hit and got the final seven outs to record her ninth win of the season. Stock, who finished with a no-decision, gave up five run on five hits while striking out four in 4.2 innings.

MacDonald (1-5) allowed six runs on 11 hits over 5.0 innings for the Judges.

Babson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Clark in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while Brandeis visits Wellesley for a pair of games on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m.

•    The Beavers are now 28-16 all-time against Brandeis.
•    After winning the opening game of six consecutive doubleheaders going back to March 29, Babson has dropped game one to Springfield and Brandeis in each of its last two twinbills.
•    The Beavers have now won at least 20 games in 13 of the last 14 seasons going back to 2004.