North Adams, Mass. - April 27, 2009 - The Springfield College baseball battled back from an early four-run deficit, but it was the MCLA Trailblazers who were victorious on Monday afternoon, as they downed the Pride, 16-6, in seven innings.
In the first with John Ripepi on the move, Steve Desantis took the first pitch he saw and ripped it up the middle for his first hit and just as important moved Ripepi over to the third. Four batters later Desantis scored on a Ken Recore sacrifice fly making it 2-1 at the end of one.
In the 2nd with another senior Anthony Russo on second and Ripepi on first, Derek Gibbons blasted a three-run homer off Springfield (9-24) starter Chris Collard, putting the Trailblazers in control 5-1.
MCLA starter Daniel Gaines was pitching in and out of trouble, but hadn't allowed an earned run or hit through four innings. In the fifth, the Pride caught up to him scoring five runs on five hits and a walk. The two big blows being a Jamie Mackie bases clearing double and then a Travis Turgeon two-run homer tying the game at 6-6. Gaines departed with one out and a man on, but MCLA reliever Duncan McDonald came in to settle things down. McDonald, in fact allowed only one hit in the next two and two-thirds innings to pick up his first victory of the year.
MCLA answered the Springfield fifth with six runs of their own putting the game out of reach. MCLA scored four more in the bottom of the 7th making the final 16-6.
Senior Cory Burtman added three hits of his own including a key double to right-center in the fifth. Gibbons had three hits and senior Steve Sullivan added two hits, as did Russo. Senior Matt Burke had two runs scored and two RBI's, while fellow senior Pat Negrini had a hit, a walk and run scored. Every Trailblazer who had an at bat got at least one hit as the Trailblazers pounded out eighteen hits.
Collard only allowed two earned runs as hee was the victim of three Springfield errors. Brian Harris took the loss in relief.
Springfield will host Amherst College on Wednesday at 3:30 pm in in next' contest.