Clermont, Fla. - March 17, 2014 - The Springfield College softball team notched its fourth-straight win to open the season, sweeping a doubleheader with Eastern Connecticut State University on Monday.
It's the first time since 2003 that the Pride have started the season 4-0. That year Springfield got off to a 5-0 start.
Springfield opened up the morning with a 9-4 win over ECSU, then swept the doubleheader with a 4-3 win over the Warriors after multiple delays due to rain and lightning.
Springfield 9, ECSU 4:
Christina Leader (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) continued her strong start, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs in the win. Caitie Holik (South Windsor, Conn.) was also solid from the batters box, going 2-for-4 with one run batted in.
With the game tied 4-4 entering the sixth inning, first-year Camdyn Morgillo (West Haven, Conn.) came in to pitch in relief of starter Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y.). In the bottom of the inning, Morgillo hit in the go-ahead run on an RBI single to centerfield. The first-year also earned the win in the circle as the Pride posted four more runs to make it a 9-4 game.
Marino gave up just three hits while striking out five through five innings of work.
Springfield 4, ECSU 3:
The game saw several delays due to lightning and rain, but the Pride took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jenna Webb (Harrison, N.Y.) drove in two runs on a single to center field. ECSU answered with two runs in the top of the second to tie things up 2-2.
The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Pride got things done in the bottom half of the inning. After singles from Brielle Engelbrecht (Granby, Mass.) and Webb to lead off the inning, Danielle Agostinello (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) came in to pinch hit. The first-year hit a fielders choice to the pitcher that scored Engelbrecht to tie the game up at three runs apiece. Elizabeth Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) drove in the go-ahead run on a single to right field that scored Webb.
Engelbrecht had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one walk and a stolen base. Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) pitched her second solid game in as many days, throwing a complete game with seven strikeouts.
Springfield will continue its play in Florida on Tuesday, squaring off with Framingham State at 1:00 p.m. and Bowdoin at 3:00 p.m.