Springfield, Mass. -- April 10, 2012 -- Ashley Marino of the Springfield College softball team hurled her second no-hitter in a 17-day span as she led the Pride to a 7-0 victory in game #1 of a doubleheader versus MCLA this afternoon at SC's Potter Field. In game #2, an 8-run fifth led SC to a 9-1 victory.
In the first game, Marino was dominant in facing the minimum 21 batters in the contest. The only Trailblazer to reach first got there on Marino's overthrow of first base on a ground ball back to the pitcher. The MCLA runner was picked off a short time later when catcher Allison Clott threw behind the runner at first to second baseman Kasey Kelly, who easily tagged the runner out. Kelly is the reigning NEWMAC Softball Player of the Week.
Marino struck out 11 and walked none. The remaining 10 outs were all of the routine variety. She struck out seven of the first 11 batters she faced.
SC scored its first two runs in the second inning on a bunt single by Christina Leader. Tess Gagliano scored the first run on the ball that traveled no more than eight feet. Then when the throw was late to first, Kelsey Dunn kept motoring around third to score the second run on the play. Those were the game-winners.
Dunn then had the big hit in the four-run third, a two-RBI single. She later scored on a stolen base, wild pitch, and error.
Kelly Blake then lined a long one-out blast to left field in the fourth for a home run to finish the scoring in game one. Dunn and Breann Joyce had two hits apiece for the Pride.
Ainsley MacDonald took the loss for the Trailblazers, giving up 10 hits. Only five of the seven runs were earned for SC..
In the second game, sophomore right-hander Jen Joseph raised her record to 7-2 by pitching a complete-game five-inning 9-1 victory. Joseph gave up just two hits, one run (earned), struck out five, and walked one.
It was a 1-0 lead, however, for the Trailblazers through three innings. But in the fourh, Blake blasted a home run to tie matters at 1-apiece. SC then added eight big runs in the fifth.
In that inning, Rivelli hit a two-run double. That was immediately followed up by a three-run shot by Kasey Kelly. Later in the inning, SC scored twice when Allison Clott and Tess Gagliano were hit by consecutive pitches. That then set up a fielder's choice by Kelsey Dunn to score the ninth run to win it.