Softball Wins Continuation of Babson Game 5-4, Loses Second Game to Beavers 3-0

Recap courtesy of Babson College

BABSON PARK - The Tufts and Babson softball teams completed the second game of last Tuesday's doubleheader that was halted by darkness with the Jumbos winning 5-4 in nine innings today. Senior Ali Reilly then tossed a complete-game shutout and Babson College scored three unearned runs to defeat the Jumbos in an added game, 3-0, in non-conference action on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Samantha Siciliano had three hits in the added game

Babson, which has won six of its last eight games, improves to 24-12 overall. Tufts - which lost for the first time in nine games - is now 23-7.

In the continued game, which was tied 4-4 through seven innings, Tufts freshman pitcher Kristi Van Meter stranded a Babson runner on third in both the top of the eighth and top of the ninth. Babson sophomore Brooke Stock worked out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the bottom of the eighth, but Jumbos' freshman Mia Steinberg hit a line drive to center that was misplayed allowing sophomore Jamie Stevens to score the winning run with two outs in the ninth.

Reilly struck out four and walked none while scattering six hits to improve to 14-4 this spring with the win in the added game. Junior Alex Corrigan singled and drove in a run and classmate Josephine Mares also had a single and scored once for the Beavers.

Senior Samantha Siciliano was 3-for-3 with a double for the Jumbos. Van Meter struck out eight and was the hard-luck loser after giving up just two unearned runs on two hits in 5.0 innings to fall to 11-3 overall.

Reilly worked around Siciliano's lead-off double in the first and then retired eight straight batters prior to a single by Siciliano with two outs in the third. Van Meter retired the first eight hitters she faced before running into the trouble in the bottom of the fourth.

Junior Annie Quine reached on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring the game's first run on Corrigan's base hit to center. Mares came on as a pinch hitter and laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring in sophomore Jacqueline Paul from third for a 2-0 advantage.

Reilly left a pair of runners in scoring position with a strikeout to end the top of the sixth and the Beavers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame as Mares stroked a two-out single to center, moved to third on back-to-back walks and scored on an error to make it 3-0.

The Beavers return to action on Tuesday when they host Brandeis for a pair games starting at 3 p.m., while Tufts takes on MIT in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 3 p.m.