Spingfield, Mass. -- April 5, 2010 -- Megan Fitzgerald hurled a complete-game 8-5 victory in game #2 to lead her Springfield College softball team to a split of a doubleheader with Tufts University in non-conference action this afternoon at SC's Potter Field. In the first game, the Jumbos scored three runs in the last two innings to come from behind to win,3-2. The Pride is now 11-10 overall, while Tufts is 10-7.
It looked like it was going to be a very long day for Springfield when it had already lost the first game, and then found itself trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning in game #2. But everything fell into place in the that frame as SC managed to push across eight runs on seven hits, with the aid of three Jumbo errors.
For SC, that inning began with freshman shortstop Kelly Blake lashing a single by the first baseman, followed by a double by senior catcher Michelle Wlosek. Senior RF Bryn Worrilow then singled to left, scoring one run. Sophomore DP Liz Milly then hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate the second run. Junior first baseman Amanda Novak then doubled to the deepest part of center, missing a home run by less than a foot. Three more hits, a walk, and three errors produced five more runs before another out was recorded. The big hit in the latter stages of that inning was a two-run single by Blake, who wound up with two hits in that frame. That made it 8-4 after four.
Tufts had scored three runs in the first, and one in the fourth. The Jumbos added one run in the top of the sixth when sophomore third baseman Mira Lieman-Sifry doubled to left center. and moments later scored on a throwing error by SC's third baseman. That ended the scoring at 8-5.
Fitzgerald picked up the win, her fifth against two losses, on the season. The sophomore right-hander gave up eight hits and just two earned runs, while striking out two and walking two. Taking the loss for the Jumbos was junior right-hander Izzie Santone, who gave up 12 hits and six earned runs, striking out one and walking one in six innings of work.
In game #1, it was Springfield that had been the team in control, taking a 2-0 lead into the top of the sixth inning. With the score tied at zero, it was Blake who knocked in the first run in the bottom of the fifth, followed two batters later by a sacrifice fly by Wlosek to centerfield. Freshman pitcher Stef Grande was in control at that moment for the Pride.
In the sixth, however, the momentum shifted. With one out, sophomore leftfielder Lena Cantone singled. She was then forced at second. But Stefanie Tong then tripled to left-center, scoring the first run for the Jumbos. Senior first baseman Christy Tinker then singled sharply to left, and the score was tied at 2-all.
In the seventh, with one out, Tufts loaded the bases. Cantone then delivered a sacrifice fly to center, with junior catcher Julia Silberman scoring what proved to be the winning run.
Grande took the tough-luck loss for the Pride. She is now 3-7, although she continues to pitch very well. The winner was freshman right-hander Rebecca DiBiase, who went the distance, giving up just five hits, and one earned run, striking out two, and walking one.
Springfield will host Eastern Connecticut in a doubleheader Tuesday, starting at 3:30 pm.