Babson Slips Past Softball In Pitcher's Duel

Babson Slips Past Softball In Pitcher's Duel

BOSTON, Mass.—Babson College pitchers Brooke Stock and Ali Reilly combined for a five-hit shutout to extend Softball's losing streak to a season-high three games on Wednesday afternoon.

THE BASICS

Babson College 3, UMass Boston 0

(UMass Boston 14-7)

(Babson College 16-9)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Stock and Reilly combined to allow five hits and struck out 12, as Babson earned third-straight shutout win over UMass Boston.

Stock was dominant, as the freshman tied her career-high with 10 strikeouts in a single game. Over four innings, she allowed just two hits and two walks. Reilly came on in the fifth and allowed just three hits, while striking out two. 

Offensively, catcher Annie Quine walked once and hit a two-out, two-run double in the third to provide all the offense the Beavers would need. Leadoff hitter Kayla Schinik added a two-out RBI single in the third to provide insurance.

Babson's bats were limited to six hits on the day by UMass Boston freshmen pitchers Megan Hoben (Bedford, Mass.) and Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.). 

Hoben made her first start since March 25 and allowed five hits and three earned runs. Her wildness cost her, as the freshman allowed five walks, versus one strikeout. Greenspan made her first relief appearances since March 25 and allowed just one hit, while striking out one in three scoreless innings.

Sophomore Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) led the Beacons offensively by going 2-for-2 with a walk in three trips to the plate. She also added the Beacons' lone extra-base hit, a double in the bottom of the first. Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.), Chaislyn Burgio (Quincy, Mass.) and Giovanna Bonilla (Queen, Mass.) all recorded singles in the loss.

Hoben was able to hold the Beavers off the scoreboard in the first two innings thanks to help from her defense.

In the first inning, Ashley Tango was thrown out in a run down at first with two down, as the Beavers tried to execute a double steal with runners at the corners. In the second, Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) made a diving play on a popup in front of the second base and then flipped to second for an inning-ending double play.

Babson struck for two runs in the third frame. Jacqueline Paul opened the inning with a double and Nicole Civello followed with a walk. After a sac bunt moved both runners up a base, Hoben induced a line out to short for the second out. Quine would make the Beacons pay, as she ripped a double to the wall in right-center to easily score both runners. 

Hoben couldn't find her control until it was too late in the fourth. After retiring the first batter of the inning, she walked the next three to load the bases. Hoben got Civello to pop up to second but Schinik hit a seeing-eye single through the middle to score Samantha Smith. Pinch-runner Catherine Pitts tried to score from second on the play, but Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) threw her out by a couple of steps to keep it 3-0.

The Beacons mounted their best two chances to score in the fourth and sixth. Vento worked a leadoff walk in the fourth and moved to second on Tulley's single. Stock would strike out the final two batters she faced of the day to end the inning.

In the sixth, Vento led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on Burgio's infield single with one down. Reilly induced back-to-back fly outs to right field to end the scoring chance.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Babson earned their fourth-straight win over the Beacons to improve to 13-8 all-time. The Beacons have been limited to just one run in the past four meetings.
  • Reilly earned her first save of the season in the contest. She has gone 1-0 with two saves in the past three meetings, with 0 runs allowed in 12 innings.
  • For the second-straight year, Vento led the Beacons against the Beavers with two hits.
  • UMass Boston stranded seven batters on base and finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Beacons are 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position over their past three games.
  • Burgio and Bonilla each recorded their second collegiate hit in the loss.
  • Greenspan went 0-for-3 at the plate in her first three collegiate at-bats. She earned a start as the designated player.

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday for a crucial Little East Conference doubleheader beginning at noon.