Springfield, Mass. - March 29, 2011 - The Springfield College softball team surrendered four runs in the opening inning but couldn't complete its comeback as it dropped a 6-3 decision to Keene State in the first game of a doubleheader at Potter Field on Tuesday afternoon. In game two, SC scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to win, 7-6, as darkness approached.
Springfield is now 11-7 overall, while Keene State is 9-5.
In the first game, the Owls put together a four-run first, and held on the rest of the way. SC came back with one in the bottom of the first, but Keene State added singletons in the fourth and fifth innings to take 6-1 lead. SC's two in the bottom of the sixth were not enough.
Junior pitcher Emily Albin hurled a complete game victory for the Owls. In seven innings, she gave up seven hits and three runs, just one of which was earned. She also walked one and struck out two.
For SC, freshman starter Ashley Marino lasted just one-third of an inning, giving up two hits and four runs, three of which were earned. She walked one and struck out one. Sophomore Stef Grande pitched the rest of the way, giving up 11 hits and two runs, while striking out five and walking none.
Freshman second baseman Molly Dussault went 3-for-4 with one RBI for Keene State. Junior shortstop Haley Chandler also went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Chandler and Courtney Savoie hit home runs during the contest.
Liz Milly had two hits for the Pride.
In the second game, Springfield took a 5-1 lead after two innings, and seemingly had the game well in control, up 6-1, entering the top of the fifth. But Keene State scored three in the fifth, and added two in the seventh on a clutch two-out, two-run single by sophomore third baseman Nicole Dupuis.
But in the bottom of the seventh, with the sun setting very quickly, freshman Ally Rivelli beat out a single to third base. Rivelli then advanced on a passed ball and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kasey Kelly. Third baseman Tess Gagliano, who yesterday was named NEWMAC Player of the Week and today was named the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Week, then lined a single through the left side to win the game.
Freshman Jennifer Joseph raised her record to 5-1 with a complete-game victory. Joseph gave up nine hits and six runs, walking three and striking out five. Savoie, who came on to start the third inning, took the tough-luck loss. Savoie is now 1-3.
Dupuis went 2-for-4, and knocked in five runs for the Owls.
Gagliano went 3-for-4 for the Pride and knocked in two. Rivelli and Kelsey Dunn both went 2-for-4.
The Pride will travel to Tufts for a single game on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 pm.