Springfield, Mass. - March 30, 2013 - Alex Williams hurled a three-hit shutout in the opener to help the Springfield College baseball team earn a split with WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Berry-Allen Field on Saturday.
Springfield, which is now 5-9, 2-6 in league play, won the first 3-0 before falling in in the second game, 14-5. WPI improved to 9-13, 4-5 in conference action.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Williams put forth a dominant effort on the mound to earn his first win of the season. The junior tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout, as he struck out eight of first WPI batters and finished the game without walking a batter.
The Pride provided Williams with offensive support from the first pitch, striking for a run in the first inning. With two outs, Frank Calabrese roped a double, and would score after Mike McGowan blistered a double down the right field line.
Springfield added another run in the third, as Steve Starr came around to score from second on a Sean Smith single that resulted in an error in the WPI outfield. The Pride's final run came two innings later. After Smith led off the frame with a single, he moved to third on a McGowan single to right and crossed the plate on a fielders choice.
A bunt single by Vinny D'Ambrosio in the fourth broke up Williams no-hit bid. He added another single in the sixth, and Anthony Capuano delivered the Engineers third and final hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Mark Bentson was charged the loss for the Engineers, as he gave up three runs, two earned, on nine hits while striking out five and walking two as he dropped to 3-1 on the year.
Smith and McGowan each had two hits in the victory for Springfield.
There was plenty more offense in the second game as the teams combined for 28 hits in a back-and-forth affair.
WPI scored first in the second inning on an RBI single by Vincent Tavernelli, scoring Shane Sampson, who kep the inning alive with a two-out single to right center.
Springfield answered back in the third with a RBI single by Starr, only to have WPI go back on top after plating two runs in the third off four hits. Sean Kelly and Sampson recorded consecutive RBI singles with two outs to provide the runs.
The Pride evened the game in the fourth with two more runs by McGowan and Billy Paskowski before WPI tacked on a run in the fifth following a sacrifice fly by Capuano .
Springfield tied the game for the final time in the fifth thanks to a groundout RBI from Kyle DiFranco, which scored Jamie Dougherty, who reached base on an Engineer error to start off the frame.
WPI then seized control of the game for good, erupting for 10 runs in the next two innings off 11 hits. Capuano highlighted the burst with three RBI, including a single in the sixth that scored a pair of runs.
D'Ambrosio finished the second game with four hits, while Capuano registered a total of four RBI. Taylor Landry wad solid on the mound, earning the win after tossing seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while adding five strikeouts.
For the Pride, Eric Chase lasted just 4.1 innings, surrendering eight earned runs on 13 hits.
Springfield will play again on Tuesday when it hosts Clark in another key conference clash starting at 3:30 pm.