Babson Pitching Shuts Down Cougar Offense

Babson Pitching Shuts Down Cougar Offense

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) tossed the first no-hitter of her career in game one and first-year Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts in game two as Babson College swept visiting Clark University in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Beavers took the opener 3-0 and then blanked the Cougars 7-0 in the nightcap.

Babson, which has won three straight games, improves to 23-12 overall and 12-6 in conference play. The Beavers will find out who they will face in the opening round of the league tournament on Sunday night. Clark, which has dropped three of its last four games, dips to 9-21 overall and 2-16 in the NEWMAC.

GAME 1

Reilly fanned a career-high 14 batters and allowed just one walk to record the program's first no-hitter since 2013. Senior Leslie Moore (Atkinson, N.H.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, junior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) doubled and scored twice, and first-year Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) doubled and drove in a run for the Green and White.

Moore gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead by driving in first-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) in the first and Paul doubled the advantage in the second when she plated Smith with a two-out double to right. Babson stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the fifth, but tacked on another insurance run in the sixth as junior Erica Pavlo (Coconut Creek, Fla.) drove in Smith with a two-out, pinch-hit single to center.

Reilly gave up a leadoff walk to first-year Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) in the top of the first before retiring the next 20 hitters she faced. Kopacz was picked off for the second out of the first and Reilly struck out the side in both the second and sixth innings to pick up her 10th win of the year.

Sophomore Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) fell to 1-4 on the year for Clark after giving up two earned runs on eight hits in a complete-game effort.

GAME 2

Stock carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and the Beavers scored seven times in the first to complete their sweep of the Cougars.

Sophomore Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) went 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Moore and first-year Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) both added two hits. Paul also tripled and drove in two runs as 10 different players finished with at least one hit for the Green and White.

Babson collected nine of its 14 hits and sent 12 batters to the plate in the opening frame. Mares singled and scored on a wild pitch, Moore followed with an RBI single and later scored on a double steal to make it 3-0. First-year Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) produced sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) with a base hit up the middle and Paul drove in a pair of runs with her triple to right. Mares capped the seven-run rally with an opposite-field single in her second plate appearance of the inning.

Stock (13-5) struck out 11 hitters over the first five innings and allowed just a leadoff walk to Kopacz in the fourth until junior Sami West (Gonic, N.H.) singled to center field with one out in the fifth for Clark's only hit of the day. Stock responded with back-to-back strikeouts and retired the final eight batters she faced.

First-year Maddie Letendre (Mansfield, Mass.) recorded just one out in her first career start after giving up five runs on four hits to fall to 0-1 on the year.

Both teams return to doubleheader action on Tuesday at 3 p.m. as Babson visits Bridgewater State, while Clark hosts Brandeis.