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Stock Records 400th Career Strikeout as Softball Splits with Coast Guard

Stock Records 400th Career Strikeout as Softball Splits with Coast Guard

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Graduate student Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) recorded her 400th career strikeout as Babson College split its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Beavers won the opener 6-1 before suffering a 6-3 loss in eight innings in game two.

Babson is now 3-1 overall and league play, while the Bears improve to 5-1 overall and 5-1 in NEWMAC action.

GAME 1: Babson 6, Coast Guard 1
Stock (2-0) allowed just one run on three hits while striking out nine in the circle and doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Beavers. Sophomore Lexi Morris (Lexington, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and junior Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) had two hits and drove in a run for the Green and White.

Sophomore Sam Burggraf (Livingston, N.J.) and Morris started the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles, graduate student Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) reached on an error, and all three came around to score on Stock's line-drive double to left field. Stock scored on another Coast Guard error one batter later, and Aguilar drove in Morris with two outs in the second inning to extend Babson's lead to 5-0.

Sophomore Katie Becker (Jacksonville, N.C.) homered to left for Coast Guard's first hit with one out in the fourth, but Paul plated Morris with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the frame and Stock retired eight of the final nine hitters she faced to close out the game.

First-year Isabelle Schroyer (Marysville, Ohio) went the distance in the circle for the Bears allowing four earned runs on 10 hits to drop to 2-1 on the season.

GAME 2: Coast Guard 6, Babson 3 (8 innings)
Burggraf doubled as part of a three-hit day, senior Alicia Bagan (Winnetka, Ill.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, and Morris finished 2-for-4 with a double in game two for the Green and White. First-year Moira O'Reilly (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss to drop to 1-1, giving up three earned runs on eight hits while striking out six in 7.1 innings of work.

First-year Amanda Moore (McLean, Va.) tossed a complete-game for Coast Guard allowing two earned runs on 10 hits to go along with five strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the year. Sophomore Mariah Dewey (Campbell, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and first-year Lillia Farlow (Carrollton, Texas) doubled twice and drove in a run in the victory.

The Bears, who left the bases loaded in both the second and seventh innings, took a 1-0 lead on first-year Christine Carey's (San Diego, Calif.) two-out single in the top of the fifth. Babson stranded at least one runner in four of the first five innings and left a pair in scoring position in the sixth before Bagan drove in senior Elizabeth D'Agostino (Newton, Mass.) with a one-double in the bottom of the seventh.

Coast Guard responded with a five-run eighth that included Farlow's double to plate first-year Julia Breidenthal (Leawood, Kan.) with the go-ahead run and a two-out, two-run single by sophomore Kayla Yoshioka Montalvo (Lomita, Calif.) to build a 6-1 advantage. The Beavers got one run back on a sacrifice fly by Paul and got within 6-3 on a bases-loaded single by Stock before Moore induced a game-ending groundout with the potential winning run at the plate.

Both teams return to action next Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to Springfield, while Coast Guard hosts Wheaton.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 25-36 all-time against Coast Guard and had won eight in row in the series prior to Saturday's game-two loss.
• Stock is just the third pitcher in Babson history to surpass 400 career strikeouts.
• Game two marked just the third time Babson had a game decided in extra innings going back to the start of the 2019 season.
• Saturday's game-two loss was also the first extra-inning afair between the Beavers and Coast Guard since the 2013 NEWMAC Tournament.