Pitching duels go in favor of Babson
BABSON PARK, Mass.-Freshman Morgan Kingston went 4-for-6 on the afternoon but Coast Guard was blanked twice by Babson junior southpaw Kathleen Conway who tossed a pair of complete game shutouts en route to a Babson sweep in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader. With the pair of 2-0 results, the Bears fell to 14-11 (4-6 NEWMAC) while the Beavers improved to 19-8 (9-2 NEWMAC) on the season.
Game One: Babson 2, Coast Guard 0
Babson struck quickly in game one, as Funk belted a two-out double to right center and came home on a single to center by first-year Caitie Benoit. The Bears then had what would prove to be their best scoring opportunity of the day in the top of the second, loading the bases with only one out. However, Conway induced a foul out to the catcher and a strikeout to escape the jam unscathed.
The Beavers tacked on an insurance run in the third, when senior Ashley Phelps lofted a clutch two-out single down the line in right to score freshman Maya Lacy from third. The Babson rookie had reached on an error to start the frame, moved to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a groundout to second by fellow freshman Emily Morris.
That would be more than enough for Conway, who, after issuing a one-out walk in the third retired 10 straight and 13 of the final 14 batters that she faced to finish off the four-hit shutout. The junior lefty received some defensive help along the way, as sophomore right fielder Lindsey Schmid fired a strike to Funk to cut down Kingston trying to stretch a single into a double in the sixth.
Earning her 10th win of the season, Conway struck out nine in the opener. Freshman Kristine Kahl also pitched well in defeat for Coast Guard, allowing just one earned run on seven hits, walking one and fanning two in six innings. The loss dropped her record to 8-5.
Game Two: Babson 2, Coast Guard 0
Conway was sensational again in game two, setting down the first six batters of the game without a ball leaving the infield. She then pitched around two singles in the third - thanks in part to a nice sliding catch by Phelps in left - before retiring 12 of the last 13 hitters in the contest. The Bears' only base-runner in the final four innings came on a Kingston single in the sixth, but she was quickly erased when freshman first baseman Madeline made a nice catch of a bunted pop-up and doubled her off at first.
Funk had a huge day at the plate in game two, going 3-for-3 while factoring in on both of Babson's runs. She delivered an RBI-single to left after classmate Jackie Enos led off with a single, took second on an error, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lacy in the first. The senior then scored the Beavers' second run in the sixth, ripping a one-out double to right, taking third on a groundout to second by Benoit, and trotting home on an RBI-double to left by Morris.
Conway (11-4) went all seven innings and allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out two in the nightcap for the Beavers.
Freshman Sammy Yuknat took the loss in game two for Coast Guard, dropping her record to 6-5. She allowed both Babson runs on six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two.
The Bears return to action tomorrow when they host WPI in a NEWMAC doubleheader, with first pitch scheduled for noon.