Westfield, Mass. -- April 25, 2012 -- Jennifer Joseph and Breann Joyce led their Springfield College softball team to a first-game victory, 5-1, over host Westfield State University this afternoon in a non-conference game. Joseph hurled six innings, striking out nine to pick up her 11th win, while Joyce belted another three-run homer, tying a single-season school record in the process. In game #2, the Pride fell, 3-1.
With the split, SC is now 24-13-1, while Westfield State is now 18-17. In game #1, Westfield State had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Game #1 -- Springfield 5, Westfield State 1
The Owls took a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. But the Pride scored four runs in the top of the fourth. Junior shortstop Kelly Blake had a sacrifice fly to tie it at 1-all. That was immediately followed by a three-run home run to center by Joyce, a junior first baseman, giving SC a 4-1 lead. That was Joyce's 10th home run of the season, tying the Springfield College school record, now also held by Missy Edwards in 2003.
In the sixth inning, sophomore left-fielder Ally Rivelli singled, and eventually came around on a two-out error by the Owls' shortstop.
Joseph pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits. She struck out nine and walked just one. Senior Stephanie Barrett finished up, striking out one in one inning of work.
Rivelli was 2-for-4, while Joyce was 2-for-3. The only bad news was that Blake had her 19-game hitting streak snapped.
Westfield hurler Madeline Tomich struck out 10 and walked two.
Game #2 -- Westfield State 3, Springfield 1
Sophomore outfielder Molly Dunbar slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Westfield State University to a 3-1 second-game victory in a double header split with Springfield College.
The Pride, which is ranked seventh in New England, is now 24-13-1. Westfield owns an 18-17 overall record under first-year head coach Lindsay Sawyer.
Freshman second baseman Breanne Bisceglia doubled to the right field warning track to open Westfield’s sixth inning. Brittany Dussault grounded out, moving pinch runner Kelly Kinney to third. After Kerry Alcott struck out swinging, Dunbar cracked her second home run in two days, a towering shot over the left field fence.
Alcott retired the Springfield side in order in the seventh to cap an outstanding pitching performance. The sophomore from Groton, Mass., allowed four hits and two walks and struck out six.
Springfield scored its only run in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. Christina Leader led off with a single and stole second. Kasey Kelly reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second while Leader was caught in a 1-5-6 rundown between second and third. Kelly Blake then belted a two-out RBI single.
Westfield tied the score in the fifth when it collected three of its nine hits. Courtney Begin singled with two outs, Lisa Policelli walked and Kerin DeGirolamo beat out a hit in front of homeplate to load the bases. Bri Eichstaedt then beat out another slow roller in front of the catcher to score Begin.