Samantha Rhodes picked up a win on the mound and helped her cause with three singles as the Pride took down visiting Williams, 9-6, in the opener. The Ephs scored the final six runs of the nightcap as they rallied for a 6-3 victory in a six-inning game called to darkness.
The split brings the Pride's record to 15-21 on the year, while the Ephs improve to 12-13.
In the opener, the long ball played a large part in the contest with the wind blowing directly out of Potter Field. The teams combined for four home runs in the contest, with Aimee Cassella striking first. Cassella put the Pride on top in the first inning after she blasted a two-out solo shot into right center field. The Ephs answered back in the third to tie the game up at one. Jess Cross led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a stolen base. Williams then took advantage of a two-out error by the Pride’s shortstop to score its first run. Cross came around to score from second after Becky Sansone’s grounder was mishandled reached on a mishap by SC’s shortstop.
Angie Atkins led off the bottom of the third as she ripped a double to left field that bounced off the top of the fence. After a Cassella single and stolen base put a pair of runners in scoring position, the Pride manufactured a run off a Bryn Worrilow groundout to second. Atkins crossed the plate to score SC’s second run of the game before Cassella was thrown out at third.
Williams went on to use the long ball to get right back in the game. Simpson tied the game back up in the top of the fourth after rocketing a solo homer to right field. Sansone then gave the visitors the lead in the fifth after crushing a two-run homer to right center.
Springfield used six runs in the fifth inning to regain control of the contest. The Pride loaded the bases with no outs for Amanda Novak, who didn’t disappoint as she hammered a towering grand slam to right center field. SC used an RBI single from Shanda Kogut and a deep RBI double by Atkins en route to plating six runs in the frame.
Williams answered with a pair of runs in the sixth to make it an 8-6 game. The Ephs got a pair of singles from Joey Lye and Jessie Herzer to score two runs as the visitors chipped away at Springfield’s lead. However, SC tacked on a run in the bottom of the frame to regain a three-run advantage. Rhodes helped out her own cause with an RBI single to left to plate Cassella.
Rhodes picked up the win as she went the distance, scattering 11 hits while striking out three. Cassella finished the game going 3-for-3, while Rhodes was terrific from the plate, going 3-for-4. Novak was the lone member of the Pride with multiple RBI as she finished with four in the opening game.
For the visitors, Simpson went 3-for-4, while Sansone added a pair of hits. Caitlyn Cain suffered the loss as she tossed five innings, allowing all nine runs off 15 Springfield hits. Simpson came in to throw the final inning, allowing just one hit.
In the second game, Williams scored six unanswered runs as it rallied for a 6-3 win in a shortened contest. The Pride jumped on the board in the second after it once again turned to the long ball. With a pair of runners on, Tess Gagliano cracked a three-run bomb down the left field line to give the hosts a 3-0 advantage.
With darkness creeping in, Williams evened the game as they plated three runs of their own in the third inning. Producing three hits in the inning, the Ephs used a two-RBI single from Cain and an RBI single from Simpson to tie the contest.
The fourth inning proved to be the difference in the game as Williams once again took advantage of a pair of Springfield errors to score three more runs. The key hit in the inning came once again from Cain, as she roped a two-RBI single for the Ephs.
Simpson picked up the win as she tossed six innings of five-hit ball, allowing three runs while striking out four. Cain and Simpson both had two hits, while Cain racked up four RBI in the victory.
Katie Anderson took the loss for SC as she lasted 3.1 innings, giving up six runs, four earned, while striking out three and walking three. Megan Fitzgerald closed out the game on the mound for the hosts, scattering four hits. Springfield was limited to five hits in the game, two of which came off the bat of Gagliano.
The Pride will now prepare for the NEWMAC Championship which starts on Wednesday afternoon at Coast Guard. Springfield will face Babson in a first round contest at 2:30 pm.