Springfield, Mass. - April 19, 2013 - The Springfield College softball team rolled past Coast Guard to earn a doubleheader sweep in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Potter Field on Friday. Springfield won the opener 8-2 before taking the second contest, 7-3.
Springfield is now 20-16, and 12-2 in league play. The losses drop Coast Guard to 18-13, 6-8.
In the opener, Springfield jumped out to a comfortable 4-0 lead and cruised to an 8-2 decision. Both Kelly Blake and Melissa Nelson went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Blake scored three times. Chelsea Bender cracked a pair of doubles and Jen Joseph earned the win in the circle. Joseph moved to 11-7 on the year after going five innings, striking out seven, while scattering four hits and allowing two runs. Caisie Cadorette tossed the final two innings, giving up just one hit.
For the Bears, Kristine Kahl took the loss to fall to 11-6 after surrendering eight runs, six earned, off 14 hits while striking out four. Five different members of the squad registered singles, including Kaitlin Ward who recorded an RBI.
Springfield jumped on the board in the first inning, with Blake singling to lead off the game, stealing second, before scoring on a Nelson base knock. The Pride added three more runs in the second, collecting five hits in the frame. Blake drove in two runs with a single, while Nelson plated Blake on a base hit to left.
Breann Joyce crushed a solo shot to lead of the third before Coast Guard got a pair of runs back in the top of the fourth. A leadoff walk to Jessie Richardson and Morgan Kingston single allowed a single to center by Ward to drive in a run. Stacia Sarwinski then produced a sacrifice fly to left, accounting for the Bears other run.
Holding a three-run lead, Springfield put the game out of reach with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. A leadoff single by Blake, followed by Christina Leader reaching on a two-base error, set up an RBI double by Nelson. A Jenna Webb single drove in another run before Joyce reached on a fielders choice, scoring Nelson.
It was Coast Guard that seized an early lead in the nightcap, with Bastinck slapping a two-out single to left to score Erin Lisko, who had earlier cracked a double down the left field line.
Springfield responded with two tallies of their own in the bottom half, all coming with two outs. With Nelson and Leader on second and third, Joyce came through with a two-run single to center.
The Pride added to its lead in the third, this time getting single by Caitie Holik to plate both Joyce and Webb. Three more runs crossed the plate in the fourth as Springfield scratched out four hits. Both Blake and Webb crushed doubles, and Leader and Joyce each registered run-scoring singles.
Coast Guard rallied with two runs in the sixth after Bastinck blasted a ball over the center field fence to make it a 7-3 contest. However, Springfield completed the sweep after posting a scoreless seventh inning.
Ashley Marino tossed five innings of three-hit ball, giving up one-earned run while fanning five to earn the win. Cadorette closed out the game once again, finishing the last two innings and was charged with two earned runs off four hits. Blake, Joyce, Webb, and Ally Rivelli each had two hits in the win.
Bastinck had a great second contest, going a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs drive in. Sammy Yuknat took the loss after allowing seven earned runs off nine hits in 3.1 innings work. Kahl finished the remaining 2.2 innings, giving up just two hits.