BABSON PARK, Mass.— In their first trip back to the NCAA Regional Tournament since 2014, the Lesley University softball team fell to host Babson College, 4-0, Friday afternoon. First year right-hander Sarah Bushman took the loss falling to 13-8 on the season despite tossing a strong six innings allowing only three earned runs while striking out one.
Babson junior Ali Reilly kept the Lynx off balance in the circle for the Beavers tossing a four-hit shutout. After sophomore first baseman Jordan Raab led off the second with a double into left-center, Reilly retired the next 15 batters she faced. Senior third baseman Carlyn Barker broke up the string with a base-hit up the middle in the top of the seventh.
With its ninth win in 10 games, Babson is now 29-13 overall, while Lesley slips to 22-18 on the year.
Reilly (13-7) struck out eight and walked just one, while sophomore Josephine Mares went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Beavers. First-year Kayla Schinik reached base twice and junior Samantha Smith doubled and scored in the win.
Barker went 2-for-3 and Raab went 1-for-3 with a double for the Lynx.
The Green and White, which stranded a pair of runners in the first inning, broke the scoreless deadlock in the third. Mares singled to right and ended up on third a batter later when Schinik's sacrifice bunt resulted in a two-base error. Quine followed with a hard single to center field to make it 2-0.
The Beavers added to their advantage in the fourth when first-year Annie Mitchell and Smith drew back-to-back walks and moved into scoring position on a double steal before scoring on an RBI groundout by first-year Jacqueline Paul and a single by Mares for a 4-0 edge.
Reilly worked around Raab's lead-off double to start the second with back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat, and retired 15 straight batters prior to Barker's single to start the seventh. Lesley loaded the bases with another single and a walk before Reilly got a pop up in foul territory to end the game.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday as Babson takes on Rowan (32-9) at 9 a.m., while Lesley faces Framingham State (30-12) in an elimination game at 11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field.
- Game recap provided by Babson College Athletics Communications