Springfield, Mass. - March 28, 2010 - Despite Kyle DiFranco's game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, the Springfield College baseball team could not complete its comeback bid as it fell in 10 innings to visiting Keene State by a score of 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at SC's Berry-Allen Field.
Springfield dropped its fourth-straight game to fall to 6-8 on the season, while the Owls improved to 8-6.
It didn’t take long for the Owls to get on the scoreboard as leadoff batter Keith Patnode took starter Jon Wurster’s fastball over the right-field fence. Two batters later, catcher Anthony Cipolla tried to match Patnode’s home-run with one of his own to left field, but DiFranco was there to make a nice leaping catch, and keep it a 1-0 contest.
The Pride’s offense came to life in the fifth inning, when Mike Robilotto broke up Raymond’s no-hitter with a one out double to right field. Brian Harris followed with a single of his own that plated the tying run.
Keene State answered right back in the top half of the sixth. Jesse Cahill was able to beat out a would-be double play and two batters later a two-out single off the bat of Cipolla set up Cody Callahan with two on and two out. Callahan lined a double into the right field corner, plating both base runners.
The Owls tacked on another run in their half of the eighth. After two quick base hits and a passed ball allowed the runners to move into scoring position, Peter Burgio hit a fly ball to the warning track in left field, allowing Keith Patnode to tag up from third.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth Mike Corletta got things going for the Pride, legging out an infield single that was picked up deep in the hole at shortstop. Joe Kropa followed with a single to the right field side, and Pete Calandra continued his strong hitting, lining a single into left to plate the Pride’s second run of the afternoon.
When it looked as though the game was over for Springfield with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth, the Pride dug deep and was able to put a two-run rally together. Harris lined a single to right field and DiFranco then followed with a game-tying two-run homerun over the right-field fence. That made it 4-4.
However, the game didn’t remain tied for long as Patnode was able to reach base for the third time with a leadoff walk. Patnode successfully stole second and advanced to third on a single off the bat of Cahill. Two batters later Cipolla lined a single up the middle just out of the reach of the pitcher, as both runners came around to score and give the Owls a two run lead it would not relinquish.
Both Harris and Kropa totaled a pair of hits for the Pride, while Patnode went 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Owls. Each team totaled 10 hits as Darryl Smith was charged with the loss for Springfield. Dan Wogksch earned the win out of the pen for the Owls.
The Pride will look to get back on the winning track on Tuesday afternoon when it hosts local-rival Western New England College at 3:00 pm.