Worcester, Mass. – Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) won both ends of a doubleheader for Babson College and the visiting Beavers spoiled Senior Day at Clark University with a pair of victories on Friday afternoon at O'Brien Field.
With the wins, the Green and White punch their ticket to the upcoming New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament which begins next Friday, April 29.
For Clark, meanwhile, they have now dropped 11 straight to their league rivals dating back to the 2011 season and are now 12-24 with two games on Saturday afternoon at Emerson College.
Game 1: Babson College 7, Clark University 2
The Beavers took advantage of some Cougar errors in the field to jump out to an early 4-0 lead after the first inning. Both Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and Maya Lacy (East Mill Creek, Utah) stole home in the frame and Katie Benoit (Williamstown, Mass.) smacked an RBI double to highlight the Babson offense.
Clark dented the scoreboard in the third when Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) led off the inning with a walk and then circled the bases when Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) blasted a double to left.
Babson wasted little time getting more runs – this time in the top of the fourth. Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) delivered a two-run single to right and then Tango brought in another run with a single to right later in the inning.
Now ahead 7-1, Reilly, retired 11 of the next 13 batters she faced.
Clark did score a run in the seventh when Barksdale singled to short and then came racing home on an Alyssa Wright (Manchester, N.H.) double.
Four different Beavers – Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.), Lacy, Tango and Benoit – all collected two hits in the opener, while Mares drove in a pair of runs.
Mackey and Wright each went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Cougars and Barksdale scored both Clark runs.
Brenna Foley (Charlton, Mass.) took the loss for the hosts, going four innings and giving up nine hits and seven runs – only four of which were earned.
Game 2: Babson College 6, Clark University 3
In a game that featured an hour and thirty minute rain delay in the bottom of the first and ended in near darkness nearly three hours after it began, the Beavers secured their postseason berth behind the relief work of Reilly.
After Babson went ahead 1-0 in the second on a Lacy single, Madison Dinaso (Ardsley, N.Y.) was having trouble finding the strike zone. She walked Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) and then threw wild allowing her to advance to second. Consecutive balls to Kayleigh McHugh (Pepperell, Mass.) forced a change and Reilly entered the circle and allowed an RBI single by Leah Bodin (Andover, Vt.), evening the score at 1-1.
Consecutive singles to open the third by Quine and Mares eventually led to an RBI groundout by Beniot and an RBI single by Rachel Bullard (Worcester, Mass.).
Mares and Quine were in the middle of another uprising as they provided a sacrifice fly and a single to left, respectively, to go ahead 5-1.
Quine and Tango hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh to give the visitors a 6-1 edge with darkness approaching.
Clark was able to push two runs across in the bottom of the seventh when Gonzalez smacked an RBI single and she scored an unearned run later in the frame.
Bullard and Quine each had three hits in the second game for Babson, who got six innings of stellar relief from Reilly, who struck out nine.
Bodin, Mackey and Jocie Orangio (Maynard, Mass.) all had two hits for the Cougars.