Cambridge, Mass. - April 7, 2012 - The Springfield College softball team continued its strong play of late on Saturday as it handled MIT in a doubleheader sweep in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. The Pride won the opener 9-0 in five innings before downing the Engineers 11-3 in six innings.
The Engineers fell to 2-4 in the conference and 4-15 overall. Springfield improves to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in the NEWMAC.
The Pride struck for five runs in the top of the first to open up the first game. After a strikeout to lead things off, Springfield ran off five straight hits, capped by a two-run home run by Chelsea Bender. Ally Rivelli singled to start things off and came home on a double Kasey Kelly. Kelly Blake and Breann Joyce hit back-to-back singles to chase MIT starter Karly McLaughlin before Bender’s round-tripper.
Springfield added another run in the second on an RBI-double by Blake and tacked on three more in the fifth as Tess Gagliano went deep.
McLaughlin took the loss, her second on the season, for Tech while Ashley Marino earned the win with three scoreless innings in the pitcher’s circle.
Springfield jumped out to an early lead in the first inning of game two, plating three runs on four hits in the frame. Gagliano and Kelly reached with a pair of one-out singles and moved up on a double steal. Gagliano came home on an RBI-groundout by Blake and Joyce doubled in Kelly. Bender swapped places with Joyce with a run-scoring double of her own.
MIT came right back in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at three thanks to a two-run double by junior Leah Alpert. Junior Anna Christensen started things off with a walk and McLaughlin reached on an error by the third baseman. Senior Jessica Iacobucci drove in the first run with a base-hit up the middle and Alpert plated two more with a double over the centerfielder’s head.
The Pride retook the lead in the second inning, as they scored three more runs on just one hit and a pair of MIT errors. Kelsey Dunn and Kelly Noonan scored on an error by Christensen and Blake drove in another with an RBI double.
Springfield tacked on two more runs in the fourth and sixth innings to complete the series sweep. Jennifer Joseph earned the win in game two, giving up three runs over six innings while striking out six. Iacobucci took the loss in game two but struck out seven Springfield batters in six innings of work.
The Pride will host Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday for a pair of games.