Dynamic Doolin Gives Softball Sweep Against NEWMAC Foe Babson

Clare Doolin

Worcester, MA --- Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) snagged both wins as the WPI softball team swept a NEWMAC doubleheader against Babson, 10-4 and 1-0, early Saturday at the Crimson and Gray's new Rooftop Field where WPI is still undefeated (11-0). 

Doolin entered the first game in the third inning, down 3-0, and she scattered two hits and one earned run over the final five frames as the Engineers' bats got hot on Senior Day. Doolin then returned for the nightcap, going the distance in a two-hit shutout. 

The sophomore faced just 39 batters, or three over the minimum during her combined 12 innings of work, striking out seven and upping her win total to 14. 

Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA), Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) and Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) all had three hits in the opener as WPI racked up 13 overall. All three had multi-RBI games, while McDonough and Bumila each scored twice. 

McDonough and Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) both had run-scoring singles as the Boynton Hillers went ahead for good, 4-3, with a four-run third inning. 

Babson (17-18, 9-9) had scored one run in the first and added another two in the second inning, highlighted by a Rachael Bullard (Worcester, MA) RBI single. 

Bullard led the Beavers offense, going 2 for 4 with a run scored, while Leslie Moore (Atkinson, NH) added a pinch-hit solo home run in the sixth inning.

It wasn't enough though, as the WPI (24-9, 11-6) offense kept piling on. 

McDonough and Bumila both added run-scoring base hits up the middle in the sixth inning to move the score to 6-3. 

Following Moore's homer in the top have of the sixth, the Engineers uncorked another four-run inning. McDonough and Bumila again had one-run hits, with Fekete joining them this time. Bumila later scored off an error to set the final score. 

There were only five hits total in the second game as Babson's Kathleen Conway (Simsbury, CT) limited the Crimson and Gray to three hits over six innings. 

WPI scored the game's only run on its final trip to the plate, with Bumila sending a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY). 

LaRue, Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) and Babson's Moore were the only players to have a hit in both games. 

WPI moves on to play three makeup games from March before moving on to the NEWMAC Tournament, which begins on Friday. 

The Engineers will host NEWMAC foe Springfield at 5pm Monday, followed by a road doubleheader versus Fitchburg State on Wednesday, starting at 3pm. 

The winner of Monday's game against Springfield will be the No. 3 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament, and the loser the fourth seed.

Babson is off until the NEWMAC Tournament, but is in line for the fifth seed.

Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14