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Potent Offense Powers Softball Squad

Catie Funk ’13

Catie Funk ’13
Photo: Mickey Goldin

This year’s softball squad had a lot of pop in its bat—34 homers’ worth. That’s 10 more than its previous best mark in 2011. The team also set program records in runs, doubles, RBI, and total bases, while boasting a whopping .494 slugging percentage. That power terrorized pitchers and fueled a late-season surge that nabbed the Beavers a NEWMAC Tournament spot. “We definitely made huge strides this year,” says head coach Dave Canan.

Anchoring the potent lineup was shortstop Catie Funk ’13, who hit .411 and set new school records in homers, runs, and RBI, and catcher Nicole Latini ’12, who batted .396 with 41 RBI. Both received All-New England honors, and Funk became only the second player in the program to be named Conference Player of the Year.

The Beavers’ offense was on full display in a wild 14-10 victory in the NEWMAC Tournament’s second round. Babson rallied from four separate deficits against Coast Guard and its First-Team All-American pitcher Hayley Feindel. Latini’s grand slam and a two-run bomb by Ashleigh Phelps ’13 finally put the Beavers ahead for good. Babson then defeated top-seeded Springfield to advance to the championship round, where the Beavers’ run ended with back-to-back losses to Coast Guard. “Hopefully the experience we gained in the tournament will help take us to the next level next year,” Canan says. —Chris Buck, Sports Information Director

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Escape from Alcatraz

Swim 1.5 miles. Bike 18 miles. Run 8 miles. That was the challenge confronted by several Babson teams participating in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The College’s San Francisco Fast Track MBA program was a sponsor of the June event, which began with an icy plunge into the water off the famous island prison. The Babson teams were made up of staff, alumni, and Fast Track students.

More Fall Highlights

Two other teams reached their conference tournament’s championship round. Baseball fell to Wheaton in the title round, and women’s lacrosse made its sixth straight NEWMAC finals appearance before losing to Springfield. Led by the All-New England duo of Joe Young ’12 and Wesley Tryhane ’13, the golf team traveled to Florida for the NCAA Division III Tournament. In men’s tennis, Ramone Doyley ’15 became the program’s first NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. —CB