WORCESTER, Mass.—After staying alive with a 1-0 win over fourth-seeded Springfield College, the Babson College softball team saw its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament run come to an end with a 5-4 nine-inning loss to sixth-seeded Wellesley on Friday evening at Rooftop Field on the campus of WPI.
The Beavers, who were eighth in the most recent NCAA regional rankings, likely see their season come to a close at 25-15. Wellesley improves to 13-16-2 overall and will face either WPI or MIT in another elimination game on Saturday, while Springfield closes the season at 22-16.
NEWMAC Tournament Game #6: Babson 1, Springfield 0
Junior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) struck out 10 in a complete-game two-hitter and drove in the only run of the contest with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh for the Beavers. Senior Alex Corrigan (Middletown, N.J.) doubled, walked and scored as Babson was limited to just four hits.
Senior Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) went the distance for the Pride striking out one and walking three to fall to 9-7 on the year with the loss.
Stock (12-7), who retired 10 straight from the second through the start of the fifth, and Allen dominated for much of the afternoon. Springfield didn't get its first hit until the fifth and was unable to get a runner past second in the game.
Junior Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) was left at third following a leadoff single in the fourth, and the Green and White left two more on in the fifth when Pride left fielder Natalie Stoner (Wynantskill, N.Y.) made a great catch on senior Josephine Mares' (Houston, Texas) drive to the corner that appeared headed for extra bases.
The Beavers finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the seventh as Corrigan walked and beat the throw to second on sophomore Jamie Hoffman's (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) sacrifice bunt. Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) followed with a bunt single to load the bases and Stock lifted a long fly ball to center to drive in Corrigan with the winning run.
NEWMAC Tournament Game #7: Wellesley 5, Babson 4 (9 innings)
Roche hit a two-run homer, Schinik went 2-for-4 with a double, and Mares doubled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs for the Green and White. Junior Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.) scattered nine hits while allowing two earned runs to go along with three strikeouts in 7.2 innings in the circle.
Sophomore Gen Brittingham (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) was 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, while juniors Kendall Smith (Turlock, Calif.) and Kalei Oliver (Vista, Calif.) both added two hits and scored once for the Blue. First-year Caitlin Gordon (North Vancouver, British Columbia) improved to 3-1 with the win in relief of classmate Hayley Moniz (Westfield, Mass.), who gave up four runs on eight hits over 6.0 innings.
Mares led off the bottom of the first with a walk and later came around to score on junior Jacqueline Paul's (Burlington, N.J.) two-out RBI single. Wellesley was limited to two hits over the first three frames before going in front with a three-run fourth that included an RBI single by Oliver and a two-out fielding error that scored two more to make it 3-1.
The Beavers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, but got a two-out, two-run homer from Roche, her first of the season, to get within 4-3 in the sixth. Mares doubled down the left field line to start the seventh and come home to tie the game on senior Ashley Tango's (Reading, Mass.) infield single two batters later.
Gademsky (13-6) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, but Brittingham homered to dead center an inning later to put the Blue in front for good. Mares walked with one out in the bottom of the ninth and later stole second, but Gordon got a soft line out and a ground ball to second to preserve the win for Wellesley.
• The Beavers are 10-9 in the NEWMAC Tournament against Springfield and 5-4 all-time in the conference playoffs against Wellesley.
• Babson, which beat the Blue in Wednesday's first round, was also eliminated by Wellesley in 2016 after defeating them in its opening round game.
• The Green and White is now 13-7 in postseason elimination games going back to 2013.
• In four NEWMAC Tournament appearances Stock went 1-1 with a 0.81 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 71.1 innings.