With the split, Springfield is now 25-15-1, while Tufts becomes 33-5. The Jumbos had won nine straight and 21 of their last 22 games prior to the first game.
Game #1 -- Springfield 2, Tufts 1 (8 inn.)
In game #1 for the Pride, sophomore right-hander Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) notched the victory, upping her record to 12-4. Freshman Allyson Fournier (South Windsor, Conn.) suffered her first loss of the season, and is now 15-1.
Joseph allowed nine hits, and three walks, while striking out one. Fournier gave up only four hits and one earned run in pitching the distance. She struck out 13 and walked three. She also had three hit batters.
Tufts opened the scoring in the top of he fourth inning. Catcher Jo Clair (Glastonbury, Conn.) blasted a home run to lead off the inning.
The Jumbos had more chances, but could not push across any more runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, SC scored once on a single, a sacrifice bunt, a walk, and two hit batters. Senior third baseman Tess Gagliano (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to knock in the tying run with one out.
In the SC eighth, sophomore center-fielder Christina Leader (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was placed on second. Sophomore DH Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I.) then bunted Leader to third. Senior second baseman Kasey Kelly (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) walked. The game ended when junior shortstop Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) singled to left, with Leader scoring.
Game #2 -- Tufts 4, Springfield 2
In Game #2, Tufts started off fast by scoring two runs off SC sophomore ace Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y.) in the first inning. Sophomore outfielder Sara Hedtler (Wrentham, Mass.) reached on a bunt single. She then came around on a sacrifice bunt, a single by Clair, and a sacrifice fly to center by senior first baseman Lena Cantone (Southington, Conn.). Emily Beinecke (Concord, Mass.) then singled home the second run.
In the SC third, Rivelli knocked in Gagliano, who had singled with one out and went to second on another single by Leader. That made it, 2-1, Tufts.
In the Jumbos' fifth inning, freshman third baseman Kris Parr (Austin, Texas) knocked in Tufts' third run with a single down the left field line.
SC fought back with one in the sixth. Kelly doubled to lead off the inning. She eventually came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher.
With darkness approaching, Tufts added one in the seventh. Freshman right-fielder Gracie Marshall (Palo Alto, Calif.) knocked in the run with a sacrifice fly to left.
Of Tufts' 11 hits, there were two each by Hedtler, Clair, Cantone, and Beinecke.
For SC, only Gagliano had two hits.
Dibiasi, a junior from Wellesley, Mass., upped her record to 12-2 by allowing two runs, only one earned, on six hits in 6.0 innings. She struck out two and walked two. Marino is now 13-8 after pitching the first four innings. She too gave up six hits, striking out one and walking two.