Softball at Springfield
Friday, April 19 | 3/5 p.m.
Potter Field | Springfield, Mass.
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 59th and 60th times on Friday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1999. The Beavers are 22-36 all-time against the Pride and have won four of six matchups between the teams over the last two seasons.
• Senior Ashley Tango drove in two runs and junior Brooke Stock fired a complete game to help the Beavers defeat Springfield, 4-2, in the back end of a doubleheader on April 20, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Senior Josephine Mares went 2-for-3 with run scored for the Beavers. Carianna Gasdia finished with three hits to lead the Pride.
LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Talia Loda tossed a complete-game three-hitter and Kayla Padroff and junior Yaixsa Vargas both drove in runs as part of a three-run fifth that helped the Pride edge the Beavers, 4-1, in the opening game of last year's twin bill on April 20 in Babson Park.
• Padroff had three hits and scored twice in the win for Springfield. Tango doubled and scored for Babson.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (17-13, 8-6 NEWMAC) has won six of its last eight games and completed a doubleheader sweep of Westfield State with a 15-0 win on Wednesday.
• Junior Alexyss Conley tripled, homered and drove in four runs, while first-year Gillian Kane and sophomore Taylor Mancinone combined on a five-inning no-hitter for the Pride.
• Conley is batting .336 with 11 extra-base hits, 22 runs scored and 25 runs batted in, sophomore Hannah Salvietti is hitting .297 with six doubles and 17 RBI, and junior Allie Wheeler enters the weekend with a .297 average to go along with three home runs and 16 runs driven in.
• Senior Shelby Allen is 7-5 with a 2.02 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 83.2 innings, while Kane has gone 7-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 14 starts.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (18-10, 11-3 NEWMAC) has won its last six games after finishing off a sweep of Framingham State with a 7-0 victory on Wednesday.
• Junior Jacqueline Paul drove in two runs and classmate Katie Gademsky tossed a five-hit shutout for the Beavers, who also blanked the Rams in the opening game of the twin bill.
• Mares is batting .453 with eight extra-base hits, 29 runs scored and 14 runs batted in, Paul is hitting .440with 11 doubles and 25 RBI, and Tango enters the weekend with a .374 average to go along with seven doubles, four triples and 14 runs driven in.
• Stock is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, three shutouts and 96 strikeouts in 92.1 innings, while Gademsky (9-4, 3.85 ERA) has won seven consecutive decisions and has a 2.67 ERA over her last 36.2 innings of work.
PRESENCE IN THE REGIONAL POLL
• The Green and White debuted at No. 5 when the NCAA released its first regional rakings on Thursday. Tufts, Brandeis, MIT and Bowdoin grabbed the top four spots in the initial rankings.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
• Through 14 league games, Mares ranks first in batting average (.548), is tied for first in hits (23) and is second in on-base percentage (.574), while Paul leads all players in OBP (.600), is tied for first in walks (12) and ranks third with a .486 average.
• In the circle, Stock leads all NEWMAC pitchers with 63 strikeouts and ranks third in both wins (6) and ERA (1.42).
CONFERENCE PLAY ENTERS FINAL WEEKEND
• Going into Friday's doubleheader at Springfield and Saturday's twin bill at Coast Guard, the Beavers, MIT and WPI have locked up three of the six available NEWMAC Tournament berths. Springfield needs just one win or an Emerson loss to punch its ticket to the tournament, while Wheaton, Coast Guard and the aforementioned Lions are fighting for the final two spots.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Over the last six games the Beavers have struck out just three times in 174 plate appearances.