Springfield, Mass. - April 17, 2013 - The Springfield College softball team put forth a dominating effort on Wednesday afternoon, blanking visiting MIT to earn a doubleheader sweep in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. The Pride took the opener 9-0 in five innings before prevailing 8-0 in six innings.
Springfield now stands at 18-16, but more importantly, remains in first place in the league standings with a 10-2 mark. The Engineers drop to 15-12, 5-7 in conference action.
In the opener, the Pride needed just five innings to earn the victory as it collected nine hits and leaned on a terrific pitching performance by Jennifer Joseph, who allowed just one hit and fanned eight to earn the win. Alexandra Marshall took the loss for MIT, giving up nine runs, only three of which were earned, off eight hits in 4.2 innings.
Jenna Webb led off the second inning by cracking her team-leading sixth round tripper of the season, before Ally Rivelli delivered a two-out RBI single to center to plate Elizabeth Joseph.
The Pride tacked on two more runs in the third with two outs, highlighted by a Breann Joyce double to right. Kelly Blake drove in a run in the fourth, scoring Brittany Lally who led off the inning by reaching on a MIT miscue.
With the bases loaded in the fifth, Rivelli cracked another run-scoring single before Blake hammered a bases-clearing single to compete the 9-0 victory.
Webb went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while both Rivelli and Blake had two hits and two runs driven in. MIT"s Anna Christensen has the Engineers only hit, breaking up Joseph's no-hit bid with a single in the fourth.
In the second game of the afternoon, Springfield once again wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard. A leadoff double by Blake in the first set the tone, with Caitie Holik producing a run-scoring single to left three batters later.
The Pride added to its lead in the second, scoring two more runs off three hits. Melissa Nelson singled and Rivelli drew a walk, setting up a RBI double to left by Blake. Christina Leader followed with a single to left as well, plating Rivelli from third.
After a scoreless third and fourth frame, Springfield strung together three-straight one-hit hits, with Chelsea Bender single to left scoring Webb and Katie Gill's double to left driving in a pair of runners.
Bender delivered again for Springfield with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, plating Brielle Engelbrecht for second, who had previously earned a walk to lead off the frame.
Blake and Bender both registered two hits in the second contest, with Gill and Bender each recording two RBI. FChristensen was joined by Leah Alpert, Tori Jensen, and Fodor as Engineers who hit singles in the loss.
Ashley Marino picked up the victory for Springfield in a strong effort in the circle, throwing five scoreless innings. She allowed just four hits and posted four strikeouts, and Caisie Cadorette notched two strikeouts in a scoreless sixth. MIT's Ellie Fodor shouldered the setback, lasting 4.2 innings after giving up seven earned runs off nine hits.
Springfield will play Coast Guard on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm in another important NEWMAC outing.