Softball Splits with Babson to Open NEWMAC Schedule

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

Scores: 

Babson College 6, No. 5 MIT 1
No. 5 MIT 2, Babson College 0

Records: No. 5 MIT (7-5, 1-1 NEWMAC); Babson College (7-7, 3-1 NEWMAC)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Briggs Field)

The Lead: The No. 5 ranked MIT softball team split its home opening doubleheader with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Babson College on Friday afternoon in Cambridge. The Beavers took game one, 6-1, before an outstanding pitching performance by Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) secured the split for the Engineers in the nightcap.

HOW IT HAPPENED in Game One:

- Babson scored twice in the top of first as Josephine Mares began the game with a single to left and came around to score on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Ashley Tango scored on an RBI single to left by Isabel Aguilar.

- An RBI double by Jacqueline Paulin the top of the fourth gave the visiting Beavers a 3-0 lead. Then in the sixth, a two-run single by Alex Corrigan and a sacrifice fly by Tori Rochedoubled Babson's advantage to 6-0 leaving MIT just six outs to work with to try and come back.

- MIT junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) scored first run of the day in the bottom of the sixth as she roped her third homer of the season over the fence in left field. However, after the homerun, Babson starter Brooke Stock sat MIT down in order to give the Beavers the 6-1 game one win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Stock (4-2) earned the win for Babson as she scattered two hits, allowed the one earned run, walked two and struck out seven. MIT starter Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) took the loss on seven innings, ten hits, six earned runs, six walks and two strikeouts. 

- Aguilar went 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the opening game for Babson, while at the top of MIT's lineup Goetz went 1-for-1 with a run, an RBI and two walks. Goetz also added a stolen base to her stat line this afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Game Two:

- With one out in the second, MIT junior Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) singled to right, moved to second on a groundout to the right side by classmate Madi Pickett (Santa Barbara, Calif.), moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by first-year Kassidy Peterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J.).

- The Engineers doubled their lead in the bottom of the fourth after loading the bases on two hits and a walk. First-year Claire Wichman (Omaha, Neb.) came to bat and hit the ball to second base where it was misplayed which allowed pinch runner Deborah Torres (Portage, Mich.) to score.

- Campbell returned to the circle and retired seven of the final eight batters to secure the split for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Campbell moved to 4-2 this spring as she allowed just two hits and three walks and struck out a season-high eight batters in the nightcap. Stock shouldered the loss in game two on three innings, three hits and one earned run.

- Offensively, Pickett and Wist both produced two hits apiece for the Engineers, while Peterson's RBI was the second of the season and Torres' run was the first of her collegiate career.

UP NEXT:

- MIT travels to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy tomorrow afternoon for another NEWMAC doubleheader as first pitch for game one is slated for noon in New London, Connecticut.

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