CLERMONT, Fla. – The Wesleyan University softball team gave No. 14-ranked Babson everything it could handle on Saturday afternoon, with the Beavers ultimately escaping with a 3-2 win, and then the Cardinals fell to Calvin, 9-1, in six innings during doubleheader action in Clermont, Fla.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (No. 14 Babson 3, Wesleyan 2):
- The Cardinals (2-4) were in a difficult position heading into the bottom of the sixth, facing a three-run deficit with six outs to work with, and the task became even more difficult when Beavers sophomore starting pitcher Brooke Stock retired the first two batters of the frame. Wesleyan came alive though as the pressure mounted, with senior captain Rielly Wieners getting the ball rolling, drawing a two-out walk, and then freshman Marina Williams slammed an RBI triple to right, scoring sophomore pinch runner Jo Jo Diaz.
- Senior captain Julie McDonald then came to the plate in a pinch-hitting role for the Cardinals, and tallied an RBI single to left, plating Williams from third, as the Cardinals were within one at 3-2.
- Freshman relief pitcher Maria Noto kept Wesleyan in striking distance, preventing Babson (4-3) from adding to its lead in the top half of the seventh, as she forced sophomore Tori Roche to ground out with the bases juiced and two outs.
- In the bottom of the seventh, junior Olivia Gorman tallied a one-out single to shortstop, but the Cardinals were not able to advance any base runners into scoring position, as Beavers senior Ali Reilly earned the save by recording the final two outs.
- Babson did all its damage from an offensive perspective in the fourth, with sophomore Kayla Schinik scoring the game's first run on a fielding error. Roche gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead, crossing home plate on a wild pitch, and Stock scored on an RBI ground out to third by junior Josephine Mares.
- Stock (1-2) earned the win for Babson in the circle, working 6 1/innings, as she gave up two runs on five hits, and struck out seven batters.
- Noto was exceptional in a relief role for Wesleyan, giving up no runs and not allowing any walks during 3 1/3 innings. The New Lisbon, N.Y. native finished with three strikeouts, and relinquished four hits. Freshman starting pitcher Danielle Rinaldi (0-2) suffered the loss for the Cardinals, giving up two earned runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, while striking out two and walking a pair.
- Williams continues to be an instant impact player for Wesleyan, as she went 2-for-2 in the batter's box, to go along with an RBI and a run scored. Stock (2-for-3, double, run) and junior Ashley Tango (2-for-4) paced the Beavers.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Calvin 9, Wesleyan 1):
- The game was knotted at 1-1 after three iznnings, and then the Knights (6-0) erupted with a five-run effort in the fourth. Junior Abby Colon registered a one-out RBI single through the left side, and then one batter later, junior Anna Gernant rifled a two-run single to left, giving Calvin a 4-1 edge. The lead ballooned to 6-1, as Colon and Gernant crossed home plate with two outs.
- Calvin clinched the game with a three-run push in the sixth, as junior Maddie DeGroot connected on a two-out, two-run triple to left-center, and then two at-bats later, freshman Grace Stock found the gap in left-center with an RBI single, giving the Knights a 9-1 victory.
- The Knights went up 1-0 with an unearned run in the bottom of the first, as Stock crossed home on an RBI single to left by Gernant. Wesleyan evened the game in the third, as freshman Maddie Ikeda scored her first run in a Cardinals' uniform with two down.
- Freshman Ellie Borst (3-0) registered the win on the hill for Calvin, throwing a two-hitter in six innings, as she did not allow any earned runs, and whiffed nine hitters. McDonald (1-2) was charged with the loss for Wesleyan, giving up four earned runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
- DeGroot (2-for-4, triple, two RBIs, two runs scored) and Gernant (2-for-3, three RBIs, one run) excelled for Calvin, while Rinaldi and sophomore Rachel Curran each recorded a hit for Wesleyan.
- The Cardinals will take part in another doubleheader on Sunday in Clermont, Fla., as the squad will take the field against Wooster (11:30 a.m.) and Elmhurst (2 p.m.).