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Babson Softball Downs Wheaton, 11-0; Then Springfield Downs Babson, 12-11, in Second Game of The NEWMAC Tournament

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Springfield, Mass. - April 21, 2010 - Jessica Pashos hit a pair of three-run home runs to lead the Babson College softball team to an 11-0 win in five innings over Wheaton College on Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball Tournament at Springfield College's Potter Field. The third-seeded Beavers then ran a full gamut of emotions as #2-seeded Springfield College won a wild one, 12-11, over the Beavers in game #2.

Game #1 at Springfield -- Babson 11, Wheaton 0 (5 innings)

In game #1, Babson senior righthander Danielle Liska (Seymour, Conn.) picked up the win as she threw the opening three innings of the game for the Beavers, giving up just one hit while striking out three. Freshman Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, N.J.) came in for the final two innings and gave up just two hits in completing the 5-inning shutout..

For the Lyons, sophomore righthander Lesley Warn (Portland, Me.), now 16-12, shouldered the loss as she gave up six earned runs off six hits in 1.2 innings of work. Senior Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, Mass.) came in for the last 2.1 innings as she surrendered five earned runs on six hits.

Pashos, a sophomore leftfielder from Winchester, Mass., opened up the scoring in the first inning with a deep three-run shot to right center that gave the Beavers an early 3-0 lead. Babson tacked on three more runs in the second as freshman shortstop Catie Funk (Scarborough, Me.) cracked a two-RBI double to center. Sophomore catcher Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.) added an RBI double of her own to right center as the Beavers opened up a 6-0 advantage after two innings of play.

Babson put the game away in the third as it scored five runs, three of which came off the bat of Pashos as she deposited a ball over the centerfield fence for her second three-run homer of the afternoon.

Pashos finished the game going 2-for-3 with six RBI and two runs scored, while Funk was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish, posting three RBI and three runs scored. Leadoff batter and freshman second baseman Jaclyn Enos (Taunton, Mass.) went 1-for-2 with two walks, and scored three runs, one in each of the first three innings.

For the Lyons, sophomore centerfielder Amanda Poplaski (North Reading, Mass.), junior shortstop Katy Salka (Ayer, Mass.), and freshman DP Brittany Calarese (Norwood, Mass.) each registered a hit in the contest. Babson right-fielder Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) made a great catch to end the game, stranding two runners, and preserving the shutout.

The win for Babson allowed it to advance to play #2-seeded Springfield in the second game of the NEWMAC Tourney. Babson's record improved to 22-13, while #6-seeded Wheaton fell to 20-17. Wheaton will next play #4-seeded Wellesley at 12 noon at Coast Guard on Saturday.

Game #2 at Springfield -- Springfield 12, Babson 11

The second NEWMAC Tournament game of the day at Springfield College's Potter Field, both involving Babson, was a wild one with lots of crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The final score was Springfield 12, Babson 11 with the Pride taking bigtime advantage of Babson's only error of the day in the final inning.

The score was tied at 6-all entering the bottom of the sixth when Springfield scored five times, and seemingly had the game in hand. But Babson came back with five runs of its own, four with two outs, and tied the game at 11-all entering the bottom of the seventh.

In that bottom half of the seventh, the first two batters went down on a strikeout and a harmless fly ball. But then SC freshman third baseman Melanie Scuderi ((Clifton Park, N.Y.) was hit by a Danielle Liska pitch, sending Scuderi to first. The call was briefly contested, as Babson claimed Scuderi did not make much of an effort to get out of the way of the pitch, which was right in on the hands. After a brief argument, Scuderi was allowed to remain at first. The next batter, freshman centerfielder Chelsea Bender (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), then hit a high-fly ball to her opposite number in right-center field, The ball nestled into the centerfielder's glove, but popped out, allowing Scuderi to scamper all the way around the basepaths and score the winning run.

The loss meant that #3-seeded Babson fell to 22-14, while #2-seeded Springfield improved to 21-16-1. Both teams will now play at Coast Guard Saturday. Babson will play #5-seeded Clark at 10 am. Meanwhile, Springfield will meet #1-seeded Coast Guard at 2:30 pm in the day's most important contest. The winner of that game will be in control of this double-elimination tournament., and will not have to play again until Sunday.

The first inning saw 10 runs plated, four by Babson, six by Springfield. Entering the day's first game, Babson was hitting .323 as a team. Springfield was hitting .334 when it began play on the day.

For Babson, after the first batter grounded out, Funk doubled, and then went to third on an error by the rightfielder. Latini then smashed a three-run home run, Babson's third of the day, to right. The Beavers were not done, however. Junior first baseman Jess Winer, from nearby Longmeadow, Mass., was hit by a pitch, went to second on a groundout, and came home moments later on a single by Wojnar.

In the bottom of the inning, of Springfield's first seven batters, six scored. The big hits were provided by senior rightfielder Brynn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.) with a two-run single, by freshman second baseman Breann Joyce (Trumbull, Conn.) with an RBI-single, and by junior first baseman Amanda Novak (Cos Cobb, Conn.) with a three-run home run to left.

Babson scored single runs in the second and the fourth to tie it. In the second, Enos was hit by a pitch and eventually came around on a double by Pashos. In the fourth, freshman Brianna DiPietro (Essex, Mass.) singled, and came around on a single and an error.

In the bottom of the sixth, SC came up with five runs. Senior leftfielder Caitlin Corry (Seekonk, Mass.) led off with a double. One out later, she scored on a double by Bender, who later scored on a wild pitch. With two outs, Joyce then hit a long opposite-field three-run home run to right, giving SC an 11-6 (and seemingly safe) lead.

But Babson had other ideas. In the top of the seventh, the first two batters reached. Later, with one out and the bases loaded, senior DP Brittany Russo (Middletown, Conn.) singled through the left side, making it 11-7. After two were out, with a second run of the inning scoring on a groundout, Enos tripled to right-center with two runs scoring. That made it 11-10. Funk then singled through the left side, with the tying run scoring, and bringing the dangerous Pashos to the plate. But Pashos grounded out to the pitcher.

Liska, who won game #1, went the distance for Babson. With the loss, she fell to 12-7. For Springfield, sophomore Megan Fitzgerald (Troy, N.Y.) got the start, but she lasted only one and 2/3 innings. Freshman righthander Stef Grande (Manchester, Conn.) hurled the remainder of the game and picked up the win. She is now 9-10.

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