Pittsfield, Mass. - April 9, 2013 - Behind stellar pitching from all three of its pitchers, the Springfield College softball team posted a pair of shutout victories against MCLA in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday. Springfield prevailed 3-0 in the opener before notching a 7-0 win in the nightcap.
With the wins the Pride improve to 13-13 and the Trailblazers fall to 8-13.
In the first game, Jennifer Joseph cruised through the MCLA line up until the third inning when Megan Boyer broke up her no-hitter with a single, only to be thrown out trying to advance to second.
The game was scoreless going into the seventh inning until Springfield broke it open with three runs. A lead off double by Elizabeth Joseph and a single by Chelsea Bender set up Kelly Blake's two-RBI single to put the Pride up 2-0. Blake would be cross the plate for the game's final run off a Brielle Engelbecht base hit.
Joseph allowed one hit in four innings of work and struck out five, while Caisie Cadorette earned the win after tossing the final three innings, also giving up just one hit.
In the night cap, Cadorette and Ashley Marino combined to give up just three hits and strike out six as the Pride cruised to victory. Marino tossed the first four frames, before Cadorette posted three shutout innings to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Springfield got on the board early when Blake led after with a triple down the right field lined and was bunted home by Christina Leader. The Pride tacked on two more runs in the third, highlighted by an RBI single by Caitie Holik, before blowing the game open with three runs in the fifth.
Springfield will continue its 10-game road swing on Friday when it square off with Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.