Wheaton suffers pair of one-run losses to NEWMAC foe Babson

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College softball team dropped a pair of one-run decisions to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Babson College, 2-1 and 4-3 on Friday at Clark Field. The Lyons are now 13-9 overall and 1-5 in the league, while the Beavers improved to 10-8 overall while opening their conference slate with the twinbill.

Four different Wheaton players had hits in the opener, while sophomore Lesley Warn (Portland, ME/Deering) took the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits during a complete-game effort. She struck out one while walking three Babson hitters.

Freshman Catie Funk (Scarborough, ME/Scarborough) provided all of the offense for the visitors, a two-run homer with two down in the fifth, while sophomores Kayla Davis (Gardner, MA/Gardner) and Annie Dursema (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) each added a pair of knocks. Senior Danielle Liska (Seymour, CT/Seymour) allowed four hits, striking out nine and walking two during seven innings.

Wheaton took the lead in the third, as freshman Amanda Drury (Tolland, CT/Tolland) singled with one down, moved to third on sophomore Amanda Poplaski's (North Reading, MA/North Reading) knock through the right side and came home thanks to junior Kristen Hunt's (Milford, CT/Jonathan Law) sacrifice.

Babson put two on with none out in the fourth but came away empty before breaking on the board in the fifth. Dursema singled with one down and, following a strikeout, Funk slugged with a two-run shot to straightaway center field. Liska set down 14 of the final 16 Lyon hitters.

Freshman Megan Roy (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) swatted an RBI double in the nightcap for Wheaton, while Warn was again saddled with the loss. Senior Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) allowed one unearned run on one hit in 2.1 innings of relief.

Dursema was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and sophomore Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, MA/Cardinal Spellman) went 2-for-4 with two runs. Freshman Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, NJ/Pequannock Township) earned the victory, yielding six hits in six innings. Liska came on for the save in the seventh inning, allowing an unearned run and no hits.

Junior Katy Salka's (Ayer, MA/Ayer) fielder's choice grounder plated Poplaski in the first inning to give Wheaton an early lead before Babson freshman Jaclyn Enos (Taunton, MA/Coyle & Cassidy) countered with a two-out RBI single in the second, but Roy's double into the right field corner made it 2-1 in the home half.

Like the opener, Babson plated two runs in the fifth, with Dursema's single off of Warn and into center field bringing home two. The visitors added an unearned run in the seventh before giving the Lyons their third run on a two-out miscue, but Wheaton stranded Poplaski at first base.

Wheaton heads to the road for its next three doubleheaders, beginning on Tuesday at Wellesley College. First pitch of the NEWMAC twinbill is set for 3:00 p.m.

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