Medford, Mass. - April 16, 2013 - The Springfield College softball team battled with the nation's sixth-ranked team, Tufts University, but ultimately was swept in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday. Tufts rallied for a 4-3 win in eight innings in the first game before picking up a 3-0 win in second contest.
Springfield evens its record to 16-16 on the year and Tufts improves to 27-2 .
The first two innings of game one were scoreless before Springfield plated three runs in the top of the third. Junior Christina Leaderled off with a double and moved to third base on first-year Melissa Nelson’s single. First-year Jenna Webb then gave the Pride a 3-0 lead with her fifth home run of the season.
Tufts earned its first run in the bottom of the fourth on a leadoff homer by junior Jo Clair, her seventh of the year. Junior Kayla Holland followed up with a base hit but she was stranded on second base.
The Jumbos inched to within a run in the fifth inning as first-year Abby Curran singled to lead things off. Junior Chrissie Massrey came up next with a single and Curran moved to third due to an error. Sophomore Michelle Cooprider would drive Curran home with a single.
Springfield would leave two runners on base in each of the next two innings as the score remained 3-2 in favor of the Pride into the bottom of the seventh.
Massrey reached to begin the seventh after an error and then Cooprider sacrificed her to second on a bunt. Senior Emily Beinecke cashed in with the clutch double to tie the score at 3-3. Clair and Holland would each pop out to leave Beinecke stranded and send the game to extra innings.
Sophomore Allyson Fournier pitched the eighth inning after senior starter Rebecca DiBiase tossed 5 1/3 innings and first-year Erica County threw 1 2/3 innings. With the tiebreak runner on second base to begin the inning, Fournier would strike out the side.
In the bottom of the eighth, senior Aly Moskowitz served as the tiebreak runner at second. She was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by first-year Christina Raso. After the second out was recorded, sophomore Bri Keenan ended the game with a seeing-eye single through the left side.
Fournier (12-1) earned the win with her perfect eighth inning. In her starting role, DiBiase allowed three runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and three walks. County did not allow a hit in her stint with no strikeouts and two walks.
Springfield junior starter Jennifer Joseph took the loss to drop to 9-7. In 7 2/3 innings, she allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Fournier started game two for Tufts and she was dominant in picking up another win to go to 13-1. She allowed only four base runners in the game on two hits and two walks. Fournier threw a seven-inning shutout with 12 strikeouts.
Tufts scored its three runs in the third inning on a pair of home runs. Cooprider led off the frame with her fourth long ball of the season. Clair walked with one out which setup Holland’s two-run shot, her fourth of the year as well. Senior Kelly Blake and Leader had the lone hits for the Pride.
Junior starter Ashley Marino suffered the loss in game two to fall to 5-7. All three runs she allowed were earned with eight hits, five strikeouts and one walk.
Springfield will now embark on a critical conference stretch as it plays three doubleheaders in the next four days with the regular season title and top seed in the upcoming New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament on the line.