Winter Haven, Fla. - March 21, 2014 - Despite a strong offensive effort from Steve Starr (Lebanon, Conn.), the Springfield College baseball team dropped a 17-7 decision to St. Olaf College in Winter Haven, Florida on Friday.
Starr went 2-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored and an RBI to go along with a stolen base.
St. Olaf got on the board first, scoring six runs in the second inning, before the Pride tacked on one run in the third. Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass.) drove in Shane O'Leary (Kings Park, N.Y.) on an RBI single to make it a 6-1 game.
Springfield made it interesting in the fourth inning, scoring three times to make it a two run game. An RBI double from Starr drove in Billy Paskowski (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), then O'Leary scored on a wild pitch and Starr came home on an error by the catcher, making it a 6-4 game. The St. Olaf offense went off for five runs in the bottom half of the inning, though, extending the lead to seven runs (11-4).
Springfield had an answer in the fifth, scoring twice with two outs in the inning. Dan Bergami (Schenectady, N.Y.) took a walk, then advanced on a balk and stole third, setting up Paskowski for an RBI single. Paskowski eventually scored on a balk to make the score 11-6. St. Olaf tacked on three runs in the bottom of the fifth and again in the sixth though, to put the game out of reach.