Williamstown, Mass. - May 3, 2014 - The Springfield College baseball team received strong hitting from Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who launched a two-run home run in game one, but the Pride dropped both games of the doubleheader at host Williams College on Saturday.
Williams improves to 13-15 with the pair of wins while Springfield falls to 20-15 with the losses. The Pride will now wait to see if they receive a bid into the ECAC tournament.
Williams 8, Springfield 6:
The Ephs opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Luke Pierce hammered a fly ball over the centerfielder's head for a triple and then scored on a ground ball hit by Tommy Stephens.
Springfield came roaring back in the fourth inning. Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass.) hit a two-run homerun to put the Pride up 2-1, and two batters later, Brent Poulin (Atascadero, Calif.) smashed an RBI double into the gap in right-center to extend Springfield's lead to two. In an impressive baserunning performance by both players, Steve Starr (Lebanon, Conn.) beat out a grounder to the second baseman and Poulin took advantage of the play at first base to come all the way home from second, making the score 4-1. The inning finally ended on a strikeout by Clarke.
The Ephs, however, were able to respond in the bottom of the inning. Phil McGovern brought Marco Hernandez home from third with a sac fly to left, and Jack Roberts came home from second on a hard-hit single to rightfield by Kelso Stevens. Then Matt Kastner hit a grounder to the shortstop, but the flip to second base went wide, allowing Nate Michalski to score from third on the error, tying the game up at four apiece.
Neither team scored in the fifth, and Eph reliever Charlie Baxter kept the Pride silent in the top of the sixth, but the Ephs roared back in the bottom half. Matt Kastner reached base on a fielding error to load the bases, and then Luke Pierce was hit by a pitch to bring home Phil McGovern and score the go-ahead run. A hard hit single by Tommy Stephens up the middle scored Kelso Stevens and Kastner, and a liner to center by Jack Cloud scored Luke Pierce to put the Ephs up 8-4.
Tyler Duff came into the game with the bases loaded in the seventh, and the Pride were able to plate two in the inning, but Duff forced a double play and then a fly out to center to end the game, securing the 8-6 victory for the Ephs.
At the plate for Williams, Jack Cloud went 3-4 and registered an RBI, while Tommy Stephens added another three RBI's to bring his season total to a team-leading 22. Poulin led the Pride with a 2-for-3 performance and an RBI, while Calabrese notched two RBI's with his homerun.
Williams 10, Springfield 9 - (8 inn.):
Marcus Colella started on the mound for the Ephs, while Oliver Collette (Spencer, Mass.) opened the game for the Pride. At the plate, Springfield was led by Jared Hopkins (Cranston, R.I.), who went 3-for-3 for the Pride and contributed two runs scored, while Shane O'Leary (Kings Park, N.Y.) added two RBI's.
Williams scored in the first inning as Tommy Stephens smashed a double to right-center to drive home Luke Pierce from first base. Then a single by Jack Cloud drove in Stephens to put the Ephs up 2-0.
But the Pride answered right back in the top of the 2nd. Colella loaded the bases with a walk, a single by Adam Zandri (Ridgefield, Conn.), and another walk, and then Keith Cotnoir (Westhampton, Mass.) came home from third on a grounder hit by Billy Peterson (Wareham, Mass.). Zandri scored on another infield single to tie the game up at 2-2 before Colella ended the inning with a strikeout.
Williams reasserted their lead with a run apiece in the 3rd and 4th, but the Pride would tie it up in the fourth. Springfield would take the lead in the fifth against Eph reliever Tyler Duff. A grounder to the second baseman by Zandri brought in Starr from third, and then a beautiful triple to left-center by O'Leary drove in two more runners to make the score 7-4.
The Ephs pulled within two in the sixth inning with a two-out single by Kelso Stevens to drive in Jack Roberts from third, and Eph relievers Alex Beschloss in the sixth and Luke Rodino in the seventh held the Pride at seven runs. The Ephs were able to tie it up in the seventh and send the game to extras. Phil McGovern came up clutch with a 2-out, bases-loaded single to plate Luke Pierce and Jack Roberts.
In the top of the 8th, the Pride reasserted their lead. A grounder by Starr brought home Sean Smith (Broken Arrow, Okla.) from third, and then Corey Wilcox (Montville, Conn.) hit an RBI single to center, putting the score at 9-7.
But the Ephs bounced back again. Kelso Stevens singled, setting up Matt Kastner to drive him home with a triple to deep right field, who was in turn knocked in by Luke Pierce. After Jack Cloud singled to put the winning run in scoring position with one out, David Rosas also singled to load the bases. A fly ball to right field by Beau Horan was deep enough to allow Luke Pierce to tag up from third and score the winning run.
Jack Cloud led the Ephs again with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate and two RBI's, making him 6-for-9 on the day. Matt Kastner and Phil McGovern also had two RBI's apiece.