Miquel throws no-hitter in victory
Babson splits games with St. Scholastica and Bowdoin
CLAREMONT, Fla. – In just her third collegiate start, Babson College freshman Christina Miquel tossed the first no-hitter of her young career in leading the Babson Beavers to a 3-0 victory over the College of St. Scholastica on Wednesday. With the win, Babson (6-4) salvaged a split after falling to Bowdoin 2-0 earlier in the day.
After lasting only 2 1/3 innings in her last start against SUNY Geneseo, Miquel rebounded in a big way on Wednesday, puzzling St. Scholastica for seven innings. The righthander walked four and hit a batter but did not surrender a single hit while registering her first collegiate shutout. She struck out a season-high seven batters along the way, evening her season record at 1-1.
The Beavers got all the runs they would need in the top of the first inning when Jess Pashos drew a one-out walk and Catie Funk followed with a double to left. Nicole Latini then drove in her ninth run of the season with a grounder that was booted by Saints’ shortstop Jordan Spiering. Jess Winer knocked in another run with an RBI single up the middle, and Ashleigh Phelps plated Babson’s third and final run of the contest with a single to right.
Miquel got into minor trouble in the third and fifth innings but would pitch out of both jams unscathed. In the third, a walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a stolen base would put runners at second and third with only one out, but the freshman righty escaped with back-to-back strikeouts. Two innings later, two straight walks followed by a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners with two down, but Miquel induced a groundout to short to end the inning.
From there it was smooth sailing for the rookie, who retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh to secure just the sixth no-hitter in Babson softball history and only the fourth Babson pitcher to go the full seven innings. It was only the second no-no by a Beaver hurler since 2006; Danielle Liska threw the other on April 15, 2010.
In the opener, Tess Rubega pitched well but suffered a tough loss in a 2-0 defeat to Bowdoin.