Courtesy of Babson College Sports Information
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Sophomore Kayla Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run to pace a 16-hit attack for Babson College as the Beavers defeated visiting MIT, 9-1, in five innings in game one of a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers then belted three more homers and another 16 hits to run away with game two, 14-1, also in five-innings.
With its third straight NEWMAC doubleheader sweep, Babson extended its winning streak to 12 games and improved to 16-8 overall and 6-0 in the league. MIT fell to 6-14 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
Babson pounded out 16 hits en route to a 9-1 win in the opener. First-year Jackie Enos, first-year Catie Funk, and sophomore captain Nicole Latini each had three hits for the Beavers, while Davis went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs. Sophomore Annie Dursema and first-year Ashleigh Phelps contributed two hits apiece, while Funk and Phelps each drove in a pair of runs. Senior Danielle Liska earned the win on the mound, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out nine in five innings. The victory improved her season record to 8-3.
Junior Jenny Li accounted for MIT’s lone run in the opener when she hit her second home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. With that long ball, Li became MIT's all-time leader in career home runs with six. However, Phelps put Babson in front to stay with an RBI single in the fourth and Davis belted a three-run homer to highlight a seven-run fifth as the Beavers walked off with the 9-1 win. It was Davis’ team-leading sixth home run of the season – tying Babson’s single-season record originally set by program-great Colleen Kelly ’04 in 2002.
Sophomore Jessica Iacobucci took the loss for MIT in game one, giving up eight earned runs and striking out three as she fell to 3-7 on the season.
Game two was more of the same, as Babson amassed 16 more hits, including a trio of long balls, to coast to the 14-1, five-inning victory. Funk went 3-for-3 with a double, a homer, four runs scored and three RBIs, Latini went 2-for-3 with a home run, one run scored, and three driven in, and sophomore Jess Pashos went 2-for-2 with a homer, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Senior captain Britt Russo also had a big game at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two doubles, a run scored, and three knocked in. First-year Megan Brain pitched all five innings to earn the victory for the Beavers, allowing no earned runs on five hits and striking out five as she upped her record to 8-2.
Babson jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a three-shot by Latini – her first home run of the season. The Beavers then hit back-to-back homers in the four-run second – Funk’s third of the spring with one aboard followed by Pashos’ second of the year – as the hosts took a commanding 8-0 advantage. Russo doubled in a pair in the third and then joined Funk with an RBI double in the fourth as Babson surged to a 14-0 lead.
MIT scored its lone run of the nightcap when first-year Olivia Gierlich singled and scored on an error following a double by classmate Anna Christensen in the top of the fifth. However, Brain would strike out the final two batters to finish off the 14-1 Babson victory.
Engineers’ first-year Trinity Leonard pitched the first inning and took the loss in game two, dropping her record to 1-3 on the year.