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Strong Pitching, Timely Hitting Helps Softball Sweep WPI

Strong Pitching, Timely Hitting Helps Softball Sweep WPI

WORCESTER, Mass.—Babson College got dominating pitching performances from senior Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and first-year Moira O'Reilly (Columbus, Ohio) on the way to sweeping a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader at WPI on Saturday afternoon.

The Beavers took the opener 2-0 and then rallied for three late runs to defeat the Engineers, 4-2, in the nightcap.

Babson opens the season at 2-0 overall and in league play, while WPI drops to 0-4 both overall and in the NEWMAC.

GAME 1: Babson 2, WPI 0
Stock recorded 12 strikeouts as part of a complete-game shutout to help the Beavers win their season opener. She allowed just four singles and a pair of walks on the way to record her 14th career shutout.

Babson got on the board in the top of the first as shortstop Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) led off the game with a home run to center for the 1-0 advantage. The Beavers added to the lead in the second as Stock led off with an infield single and eventually scored on a bloop hit to shallow left by junior Cara Harnick (Sammamish, Wash.) for the 2-0 edge. WPI got out of the inning as Harnick was thrown out attempting to steal second.

The Engineers had a scoring chance in the bottom of the frame after Hailey McCasland (Wrentham, Mass.) led off with a single to left, stole second and eventually got to third before Stock recorded an inning-ending strikeout. WPI also had scoring chances in the fifth and sixth, where it had runners on second and third, before Stock induced a ground out to end the threat.

Katie Martin (Bedford, N.H.) shouldered the loss to drop to 0-1 after giving up just two runs on four hits in a complete-game effort.

GAME 2: Babson 4, WPI 2
O'Reilly was superb in her collegiate debut allowing just two runs while striking out 10 to lead the Green and White to the sweep. Aguilar went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while graduate student Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) and sophomore Lexi Morris (Lexington, Mass.) each recorded two hits in the victory.

Trailing 2-1 in the top of the sixth, Babson loaded the bases and pulled even on first-year Chloe Joslin's (Wyoming, R.I.) sacrifice fly to center. Sophomore Audrey Labouliere (Pipersville, Pa.) led off the top of the seventh with a double and reached third with two outs before coming home on an RBI single through the left side by sophomore Sam Burggraf (Livingston, N.J.). First-year Molly Hennessy (Tallahassee, Fla.) pinch ran for Burggraf and scored an insurance run on Aguilar's single to make it 4-2.

Babson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Paul's RBI triple, but WPI responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to go back in front. Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, Calif.) led off with an infield single and later scored on a ground out, and Nicole Logrecco (Huntington Beach, Calif.) drove in McCasland with a double to center.

Lauren Meinhold (Boxboro, Mass.) dropped to 0-2 on the year after giving up four runs on 10 hits in 7.0 innings. Sophia Togneri (Hudson, Mass.) walked the only batter she faced in the sixth inning for the Engineers.

Babson returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Coast Guard beginning at 12 p.m., while WPI travels to Clark for a doubleheader on April 10.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 35-36 all-time against WPI.
• Babson is 6-1 against the Engineers and 11-2 overall at Rooftoop Field since 2017.
• Stock improved to 5-2 with a 1.38 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 50.2 career innings against WPI. She also moved into fifth place on the program's all-time list with her 38th career win on Saturday.

Note: Portions of this release courtesy of WPI.