Northampton, Mass. - April 16, 2010 - The Springfield College softball team cruised to a doubleheader sweep against Smith in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Friday afternoon. The Pride won the opener, 15-4 in 5 innings, before taking the second game of the twinbill by the score of 7-4.
With the wins, Springfield is now 19-14 overall, 11-3 in the NEWMAC. The Pride has won five straight. Smith, meanwhile, is now 2-23 overall, and 0-14 in league play. The Pioneers will try to avoid going winless in the conference when they end NEWMAC play in a doubleheader at Wellesley on Sunday.
Springfield will now prepare for a crucial conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Pride will battle Coast Guard at 12:00 pm on Potter Field with first place in the conference standings on the line. If 11-3 SC can sweep 13-1 Coast Guard, Springfield, based on a head-to-head tiebreaker, would earn the No. 1 seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, April 21. Otherwise, the Bears will earn the No. 1 seed.
In today's doubleheader, Springfield came out swinging the bats. On the day, senior catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) went 4-for-6, senior rightfielder Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.) went 4-for-6, sophomore first baseman Liz Milly (Marion, N.Y.) went 4-for-6, junior DP Amanda Novak (Cos Cob, Conn.) went 2-for-4, freshman shortstop Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) went 4-for-8, and sophomore third baseman Tess Gagliano (Atlantic Highlands, N.J) went 4-for-9.
Based on SC's 33-game stat sheet, the following eight players are all batting above .300. They are Wlosek (.530), Worrilow (.505), Blake (.427), freshman second baseman Breann Joyce (Trumbull, Conn.) (.342), Milly (.333), freshman infielder Melanie Scuderi (Clifton Park, N.Y.) (.318), Gagliano (.311), and Novak (.302).
As a team, SC is now hitting .346.
In the first game today, Springfield tallied 15 runs before Smith was able to get on the board. The Pride scored three in the first inning, three in the second, two in the third, and seven more in the fourth. Smith came back with two in the fourth and two in the fifth, but the game was mercied after five. Freshman righthander Stef Grande (Manchester, Conn.) leveled her record at 8-8 for SC. She scattered eight hits, striking out two, and walking none. Grande has now won four of her last five decisions. SC finished with 16 hits.
Wlosek hit a two-run home run in the third inning. It was her fifth home run of the season, and her fourth home run in her last seven games. She now has 29 on her career, best in Springfield College history. Her 27th career home run at Babson last week broke the all-time SC record in that category.
In the second game, it was much more competitive. The Pioneers led 3-1 after one inning. Springfield, however, scored one in the third, and added three in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Smith came back with one in the bottom of the sixth, but SC created some breathing room with two more in the top of the seventh, eventually winning 7-4.
Worrilow's second home run of the season, a two-run blast, was the big hit in the fifth inning for the Pride.
Sophomore righthander Megan Fitzgerald (Troy, N.Y.) hurled the complete-game victory for SC. After once being 1-2 on the season, she is now 8-3 on the mound. She has won seven of her last eight decisions.