Springfield, Mass. -- April 27, 2013 -- Behind the sterling pitching of Jen Joseph, the #1-seeded Springfield College softball team defeated Wellesley College, 5-0, this afternoon in its first game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference post-season tournament at Potter Field. In the first game of the afternoon, #4-seeded Wellesley defeated #5-seeded MIT, 2-0.
Game #1 -- Wellesley 2, MIT 0
In the opening round of the 2013 NEWMAC softball tournament, #4-seeded Wellesley needed just two hits to get by #5-seeded MIT. Wellesley used timely hitting to score runs in the first and fifth innings, while solid pitching from starter Sarah Schwartzmeyer and reliever Lauren Goldfarb kept MIT off the scoreboard. Schwartzmeyer got the win for the Blue, moving to 10-3 on the season. She threw three and a third innings, allowing four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Goldfarb picked up the save, tossing three and two-thirds, allowing two hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
MIT's Ellie Fodor earned the hard-luck loss, throwing six innings allowing just two hits and one earned run (two total). She walked a pair and struck out three, moving to 10-6 on the season.
Wellesley struck for a run in the bottom of the first inning, off of an RBI single from Jayne Ellis. Goldfarb reached on a fielder's choice and stole second, scoring on Ellis' base knock to right field.
MIT threatened in the top of the fourth, as singles from Karly McLaughlin and Kelly Wang put runners on first and second with just one out. The Blue's Goldfarb came in in relief, however, shutting down the Engineers by striking out two straight batters to get out of the inning.
Wellesley added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as a leadoff walk to Mara Blesoff came around to score. After the walk, a sacrifice bunt put pinch runner Jennifer Migliore on second and a bunt single from Mariah Philips advanced her to third. An MIT throwing error on a grounder by Carly Bresee then allowed Migliore to score, making it 2-0.
MIT rallied in the top of the seventh, as a double from Sarah Van Belleghem and an infield single from Alexandra Marshall put runners on the corners with two down. Goldfarb then induced a ground ball to second to end the game and preserve the shut out for Wellesley.
Wellesley's offense was limited to an RBI single from Ellis and an infield basehit from Philips. MIT's Van Belleghem and Marshall collected two hits each, with Bellenghem recording the only extra base hit of the game.
Wellesley then moved on to play Springfield in game two.
Game #2 -- Springfield 5, Wellesley 0
Behind a two-run, two-RBI performance from Christina Leader and a scoreless five innings from pitcher Jen Joseph, Springfield College defeated Wellesley College, 5-0, in the second game of Day One of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Potter Field.
Wellesley earned the right to play top-seeded Springfield in the double elimination tournament by defeating MIT 2-0 in the first game of the day. But Springfield’s Joseph, who finished the regular season with a 1.76 ERA, allowed only two hits en route to the victory.
The Pride wasted no time jumping on Wellesley pitcher Lindsay Johnson. Kelly Blake reached base on an error to begin the bottom of the first inning. That was followed by a walk to Leader. With runners on second and third base, freshman Jenna Webb singled, driving in a run. The next batter, senior Breann Joyce, collected an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Springfield offense continued to click. Catcher Elizabeth Joseph looped a single to shallow left field, and advanced to third base on a Blake double to deep center field. Leader, who was the offensive catalyst all day for the Pride, collected two RBI on a ground ball up the middle, extending the Springfield lead to 4-0. The inning ended when she was thrown out trying to advance to second base.
The fifth and final Springfield run came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Leader started it off with a bunt single down the third baseline, advanced to second on a ground out by Webb, and scored on a line drive single to left field by Joyce.
Caisie Cadorette went the final two frames in relief of Joseph, who pitched five innings of two-hit ball, striking out five and walking one. The sophomore Cadorette surrendered one hit each in the sixth and seventh innings, but did not allow any Wellesley runners to cross home plate.
For the Pride, Leader submitted a brilliant performance, going 2-2 at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring two more. Webb drove in the game’s first run, and Joyce collected two RBI.
The Pride will host the remaining games of the NEWMAC Softball Championship next weekend (May 4-5). Springfield will play Coast Guard in the first game on Saturday, May 4th at 10 am, after the Bears defeated Babson (1-0) and Wheaton (3-2) at Wheaton on Saturday afternoon.