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Babson in NEWMAC Softball Tournament Drivers' Seat With 7-3 Win Over Springfield; Coast Guard Eliminates WPI, Wellesley

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Springfield, Mass. - April 28, 2012 -- Catie Funk and Nicole Latini knocked in three runs each to lead second-seeded Babson to a 7-3 victory over top-seeded Springfield College this morning in the first game of the day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference softball tournament at SC's Potter Field. In game #2, sixth-seeded Coast Guard defeated fourth-seeded WPI, 4-0. In game #3, third-seeded Wellesley edged fifth-seeded Wheaton, 3-0. And in game #4, Coast Guard came back to defeat Wellesley, 5-2 in eight innings.

Game #1 -- Babson 7, Springfield 3

The win allowed Babson to up its record to 25-16, while SC fell to 24-14-1. The Beavers now move into the driver's seat as the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament. They will play next Saturday (May 5) when they return to Potter Field.

Babson, the league's top-hitting team, finished with 12 hits off Springfield's top pitcher, sophomore Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y.), who entered the contest with a league-leading 1.12 ERA. Marino allowed seven runs, only four of which were earned. She struck out four, and uncharacteristically walked four. She is now 13-7 on the season.

The winning pitcher was junior Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, N.J.). She gave up nine hits and three runs, only two of which were earned. She struck out three and walked one.

Babson struck first in the top of the first inning. With one out, senior Jess Pashos (Winchester, Mass.) walked. She advanced on a ground out, and then came around on a double to center field by senior Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.).

The Pride came right back in the bottom of the first. After two were out, senior Kasey Kelly (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) singled to center. She advanced to second on a wild pitch. Junior Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) then hit a ground ball to short and beat it out. Kelly then came around as the throw eluded the first baseman.

The big inning was the Babson second. With one out, Babson's next two batters reached on a single and an error. Senior Kayla Davis (Gardner, Mass.) then singled to center, knocking in the first run of the inning. Babson then loaded the bases on a single by junior Jackie Enos (Taunton, Mass.). After two were out, Funk, a junior from Scarborough, Me., walked to force in a run, making it 3-1 Babson. Then came a big play as Latini hit what looked like a catchable ball into left. The ball landed in for a hit between the shortstop and left fielder, and two more runs scored, making it 5-1.

In the bottom of the second, SC loaded the bases with nobody out on three straight singles. Then senior Kelsey Dunn (Waterbury, Conn.) was walked, forcing in a run. The next two batters, however, hit ground balls to force a runner at the plate. A hard-hit liner to center proved to be the third out, and a promising inning fell by the wayside for the home team.

In the top of the fourth, Babson added two runs on a one-out home run to center by Funk. It was her 10th of the year.

No one scored again until the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I.) legged out an infield hit with two outs. Kelly then tripled to right-center to knock in a run. The game ended when Blake flew out on a long fly ball to the left-fielder, Pashos, who made the catch after crashing into the fence.

Both teams will play again next Saturday, May 5.

Game #2 -- Coast Guard 4, WPI 0

In the second game of the day at Potter Field, Coast Guard, the sixth seed and defending champion, eliminated fourth-seeded WPI from the tournament, which became the first team to go home.

Coast Guard improved to 22-17 overall, while WPI fell to 24-16. The 24 wins were the most in WPI softball history.

Coast Guard senior right-hander Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, La.) won her 15th game of the season and the 118th of her illustrious career, and is now just two short of tying the NCAA Division III record for most wins. Feindel struck out 11 and walked one. She scattered eight hits on the afternoon.

For WPI, senior Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, Mass.) was the starter and loser. She pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, all earned. Senior Allie Hardy (West Townsend, Mass.) hurled the final 3 2/3 innings of scoreless, three-hit relief.

Coast Guard had nine hits, and scored two runs in the first, one in the second, and one in the fourth innings.

In the first inning, senior Maddie Buchert (Metaire, La.) doubled down the right field line with one out. Freshman Jesse Richardson (Kent, Wash.) then hit into a fielder's choice. Junior third baseman Holli Bastinck then homered to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, freshman Chloe Harmon led off with a single to right field. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then on to third on a ground out. She then scored on a single to center by freshman Erin Lisko (Waynesboro, Pa.), making it 3-0 Coast Guard.

In the fourth inning, sophomore Kaitlin Ward (Saline, Mich.) singled to left to lead off. She was sacrificed to second, and then came home on a double to right-center by junior Stacia Sarwinski (Grove, Okla.). That closed the scoring.

WPI had lead-off hitters on base four times in seven innings, making it interesting, but could never cross the plate.

Sophomore Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) had two hits for the Engineers, going 2-for-3 in the process.

For the Bears, Bastinck was also 2-for-3.

Coast Guard next plays later today in a game versus either third-seeded Wellesley or fifth-seeded Wheaton in a game scheduled for 4 pm, but which likely will be played a little later.

Game #3 -- Wellesley 3, Wheaton 0

In the third game of the day at Potter Field, third-seeded Wellesley defeated fifth-seeded Wheaton, 3-0.

With the win, Wellesley ups its record to 19-18-1, while Wheaton fell to 19-22. As a result, Wheaton has been eliminated from the NEWMAC Tournament.

Up next, Wellesley will play Coast Guard in the day's final game of the tournament. The winner of the Coast Guard/Wellesley contest will play top-seeded Springfield next Saturday (May 5) at Potter Field in the final day of the NEWMAC Tournament. Second-seeded Babson will be waiting in the wings.

The winning pitcher for the Blue was sophomore Lindsay Johnson (Bellingham, Wash.), who upped her record to 7-4. She allowed only five hits while hurling the shutout. She struck out four and walked only one.

For Wheaton, the loser was sophomore Allison Baker (Orange, Conn.), whose record falls to 13-13. She allowed six hits and three runs in six innings, striking out one and walking none.

In the Wellesley first inning, freshman Maria LaBouyer (Yuba City, Calif.) doubled to right-center. Sophomore Jayne Ellis (Mishawaka, Ind.) then singled her home, putting the Blue ahead, 1-0.

There was no scoring until the fifth. Wellesley then scored two runs on three hits. The first run scored when junior Lauren Goldfarb (Albuquerque, N.M.) hit a sacrifice fly to right. The second run was tallied when LaBouyer singled to center field, knocking in senior Rachael Goldenberg (Rochester, N.Y.).

Game #4 -- Coast Guard 5, Wellesley 2 (8 innings)

In game #4 of the day, Coast Guard rallied to post a 5-2 victory over Wellesley in eight innings.Junior Holli Bastinck’s two-run single highlighted a three-run eighth inning as sixth-seeded Coast Guard rallied from a 2-0 deficit .

The win improved Coast Guard's record to 23-17 overall, while Wellesley fell to 19-19-1.

For the Bears, senior All-American Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, La.) , who earlier in the day moved into second place on the NCAA Division III all-time wins list, picked up the 119th win of her career, just one shy of tying the Division III all-time mark. She allowed nine hits, all singles, while walking one and striking out one while also setting the NCAA Division III record with 149 career starts. Her record this season improved to 16-8.

The Bears will play at top-seeded Springfield in the losers bracket final next Saturday (May 5) at noon. The winner will need to beat second-seeded Babson twice to win the championship.

Coast Guard trailed 2-0 after Wellesley struck twice in the home half of the fifth. The Bears got on the board in the sixth as freshman Jesse Richardson singled, Bastinck walked and sophomore Kaitlin Ward was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Freshman Chloe Harmon delivered a single to left which scored Richardson, but pinch runner freshman Kelsey Gray was thrown out at the plate and Wellesley kept the lead at 2-1.

Down to their final three outs, junior Stacia Sarwinski hit a shot off the top of the center field fence, just missing a game-tying homer and settling for a lead off double. Senior Jamie Kim bunted pinch runner junior Summer Dupler to third and Dupler scored on a ground out to the pitcher, making a great slide to just beat the tag tying the game 2-2.

In the eighth, sophomore Devin Fellman was placed on second as part of the international tie breaker. Senior Maddie Buchert bunted and reached as the throw to get Fellman at third was late. Richardson then reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases before Bastinck’s two-run single. Harmon added another RBI single, her second in as many innings, to close the scoring.

Harmon and Bastinck each had three hits for the Bears who had eight hits in the victory.

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