Softball's Season Concludes with Pair of Losses to Visiting Babson

Kelly Johnson

Game #1 - Babson 7, WPI 2
Game #2 - Babson 4, WPI 2

Game #1 Box Score
Game #2 Box Score

Worcester, MA --- Visiting Babson plated seven runs over the first four innings and didn't look back, en route to a 7-2 win in game one of a season-finale NEWMAC doubleheader at WPI's Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers also won game two, 4-2, to move to 21-13 on the year and 11-5 in the conference. Babson will be the #3 seed in this week's 2010 NEWMAC Tournament while WPI, which fell to 15-20 (4-12 NEWMAC), saw its season come to a close with the losses.

Babson got on the board immediately in the opener, as leadoff hitter Jaclyn Enos (Taunton, MA) started the game with a single and scored on a Jessica Pashos (Winchester, MA) RBI double to right. Pashos later scored on an error as the visitors were up 2-0 after a half-inning. Enos and Pashos struck again in the third, with Enos leading off the inning with an infield hit, stealing second and scoring on a Pashos RBI base hit up the middle. Beavers first baseman Jess Winer (Longmeadow, MA) followed with a single to plate Pashos and put Babson up 4-0. Pashos delivered another single to center in the fourth, a two-RBI hit that was the key hit in a three-run inning. Catcher Nicole Latini's (East Bridgewater, MA) run-scoring double scored Pashos for a 7-0 Beavers lead.

WPI got two runs back in the seventh, thanks to a Meg Foley (Belchertown, MA) leadoff single and a two-run blast off the bat of freshman catcher Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT), her second home run of the season. Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME) and Katherine Fitton (Lebanon, CT) picked up the Engineers' two other hits in the opener, both singles.

Danielle Liska (Seymour, CT) went all the way for Babson on her way to the win. Liska (9-5) struck out 10 Engineers to pick up the victory, allowing just two earned runs on four base hits. The Beavers were potent at the top of the order, as Enos went 3-for-3 with three runs and two stolen bases, Pashos was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs and Latini and Winer each had 2-for-4 games with an RBI each.

In game two, Babson scored four times in the fifth to take the 4-2 victory and complete the sweep. The Beavers scored their first run on an Ashleigh Phelps (West Chester, PA) RBI single and the rest on a three-run homer off the bat of freshman shortstop Catie Funk (Scarborough, ME). The blast was Funk's fourth of the season. Funk, Phelps and Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, TX) paced the Babson attack, the latter two each going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Engineers cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the sixth. Beaulieu singled and Amanda Martori (Haverhill, MA) reached on a fielder's choice before Johnson's two-out double scored both runners and made the score 4-2. Johnson was 2-for-4 in her final game at WPI, and finished the season leading the Crimson and Gray in hitting (.333), home runs (4), RBI (17), walks (14) and slugging percentage (.509). Foley, a fellow senior, also had two hits in the finale, finishing her final campaign hitting .278.  Martori also wrapped up her senior season on Sunday with a hit, a run and a walk.

Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, NJ) picked up the win for Babson, tossing a complete game. Brain (9-4) didn't allow an earned run and scattered nine hits. She walked three and struck out six.

Babson will open up Tournament play on Wednesday versus sixth-seeded Wheaton in a game at second-seeded Springfield.