Worcester, Mass. - April 4, 2013 - The Springfield College baseball team plated three runs in the top of the 10th to pick up a key conference victory as it bested Clark University, 5-2, in extra innings in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play Thursday.
Mike McGowan went 3-for-5 at the plate, while both Frank Calabrese and Kyle DiFranco had 2-for-4 days in the batter box. Oliver Collette provided Springfield with another tremendous starting pitching effort, allowing just four hits while tossing 7.1 innings of shutout ball thanks to six strikeouts. McGowan earned the win on the mound in relief, as he allowed two earned runs off four hits in 1.2 innings.
Steve Starr led off the game with a walk and stole second to get into scoring position. DiFranco drove in the game's first run, roping a double down the right field line, and would later cross the plate himself after a sac fly by Sean Smith.
Collette dominated the Clark lineup, getting the first seven batters out before Nicholas O'Brien finally broke through with a double in the third. The Cougars would not get anyone past second base until Pete Baranski took the ball with one out in the eighth. O'Brien, who was on first after a leadoff single, stole second, but was thrown out at home by Corey Wilcox on a Jack Kenney single.
McGowan came in the ninth to shut the door on the game, but the Cougars responded to send the game to extras. Andrew Doolittle doubled down the left field line, and with one swing of the bat, Brian Sullivan cracked a two-run shot to left field to even the game.
After getting out of the frame, McGowan led off the 10th with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Smith. An infield error by Clark loaded the bases, and Shane O'Leary produced a single through the left side which allowed McGowan and Matt Milano to score. O'Leary would add Springfield's third run later in the inning, scoring on a passed ball.
McGowan allowed a lead off single Dennis Glynn in the 10th, but retired the next three batters to clinch the victory.
Andrew LeBlanc earned the no-decision, as he gave up two earned on seven hits and struck out eight in seven innings of work. Saul Ramirez was charged the loss, as he gave up one unearned run on one hit in 1.2 innings of action. For Clark, Kenney, O'Brien, and Brian Sullivan each had two hits in the loss.
Springfield will continue with league play on Friday afternoon as it opens a three-game set with Babson starting at 3:30 pm.