Springfield, Mass. - May 4, 2013 - The Springfield College softball team advanced to Sunday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball Championship as the only undefeated team after rallying past Coast Guard, 6-2, on Saturday morning in Potter Field.
Springfield 6, Coast Guard 2
Springfield posted five runs off five hits and benefited from a pair of errors in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally to the critical victory. Kelly Blake was sensational for the Pride, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and classmate Breann Joyce drove in a pair of runs as well in the win.
Kristine Kahl was charged the loss for the Bears, giving up six runs, although just one was earned, off seven hits while fanning five.
For the Pride, Jennifer Joseph posted the victory in six innings of work, giving up two earned runs while scattering nine hits to go along with five strikeouts. Caisie Cadorette came in to throw a perfect seventh inning to perserve the win.
Blake accounted for the game's first run after pounding a two-out solo homer to left field in the bottom of the third. Coast Guard answered right back with two outs in the fourth, as Stacia Sarwinski blasted a towering solo homer to left.
The Bears kept the pressure up in the fifth, recording three hits in the frame. Hannah Ingerson led off the inning with a double to center and was sacrificed over by Summer Dupler. Jessie Richardson then cracked a double to left center to put the visitors on top, 2-1. Joseph settled down and left runners stranded on the corners with a foul out and strike out.
Coast Guard threatened again in the sixth as Kaitlin Ward found herself in scoring position after a double to right center. After two fly outs, Melissa Nelson made a run-saving play at third, snagging a line-drive above her head to keep it a one-run game.
Springfield responded in the sixth, with Blake roping a double to right center to lead off. Christina Leader followed with a single, and Nelson loaded the bases with a bunt single. With two strikes, Jenna Webb sent a fly ball to left center, which was misplayed by the Coast Guard centerfielder. An ensuing throwing error on the play allowed two runs to cross the plate as Springfield regained a one-run cushion.
Joyce then gave the Pride some breathing room with a looping two-run double down the right field line, and Brittany Lally's double along the left field line allowed pinch-runner Katie Gill to cross the plate.
Wheaton 4, MIT 1
In the second game of Saturday's action, #2-seeded Wheaton defeated #5-seeded MIT as a six-inning, four-hit shutout by Wheaton pitcher Emily Berardi paved the way for the Lyons’ 4-1 victory.
The Wheaton offense was quick to strike in the bottom of the first inning. After singling to lead it off, Emma Hart scored from third when the throw from catcher to shortstop was bobbled in an attempt to throw out would-be base stealer Jenna Rocha. The ensuing hit by Marissa Timoteo chased MIT starting pitcher Ellie Fodor from the game. Fodor would get tagged with the loss, despite only facing four batters and surrendering one unearned run, three hits, and one strikeout. Alexandra Marshall would pitch the final five and two-thirds innings in relief.
The Engineers had runners on base in six out of seven innings, but were unable to capitalize through the first six innings. The Lyons played error-free defense behind Berardi.
With Jenna Rocha aboard in the bottom of the third, Timoteo launched a two-run homer over the left field fence to give Wheaton a 3-0 lead.
The final Wheaton run came on a double off the left field fence by Erin Deneen in bottom of the fourth inning. Her two-bagger drove in Ashley Vertente, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
MIT managed two hits and a run off of Wheaton pitcher Noelle Christmas in the seventh inning, but the comeback bid ended with a bases loaded ground out by K.K. Wopat. Timoteo went 2-3 at the plate for Wheaton, with a home run and two RBI.
Wheaton will play the winner of Babson versus Wellesley, today at 4pm. With the loss, MIT was eliminated from the NEWMAC tournament.
Babson 11, Wellesley 1 (5 innings)
It was a win or go home scenario for #3-seeded Babson and #4-seeded Wellesley in the NEWMAC softball tournament on Saturday. Behind a strong pitching performance by Kathleen Conway and an explosive offense led by Lindsey Schmid, Babson defeated Wellesley by a score of 11-1 in five innings.
Conway earned the victory, going all five innings and giving up one run on two hits and a walk, while collecting six strikeouts. Lauren Goldfarb was tagged with the loss for Wellesley, pitching one-plus innings and allowing four runs on five hits and a walk.
Three first-inning doubles by the Beavers accounted for a quick 2-0 lead, though the damage could have been worse, as Babson stranded two runners.
A two-run homer by Babson's Maya Lacy in the second inning chased Goldfarb. Her replacement, Sarah Schwartmeyer, also surrendered a two-run blast, this time off the bat of Schmid.
It was the fourth inning, though, that proved to be the most devastating for Wellesley. RBI hits from Jackie Enos and Schmid, followed by run-producing doubles from Ashleigh Phelps and Conway resulted in a five-run inning for the Beavers.
Down 11-0, Wellesley managed to plate one run in the fifth and final inning.
With the win, Babson advances to play Wheaton, while Wellesley’s NEWMAC softball run was ended.
Babson 6, Wheaton 0
The Babson College softball team used a standout pitching performance from Kathleen Conway to advance to the final day of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball Championship on Saturday after blanking Wheaton, 5-0.
Babson will now take on Coast Guard at 12:00 on Sunday, with the winner advancing to take on Springfield. The Pride will need to beat the winner of that game just once to claim the conference title.
Conway had a great outing in the circle for Babson, posting nine strikeouts while scattering four hits en route to the shutout win.
For Wheaton, Allison Baker shouldered the loss after giving up four earned runs off seven hits in four innings of work. Noelle Christmas surrenedered two earned runs in one-inning, while Emily Berardi tossed the final two innings, allowing just one hit as the Lyons third hurler of the afternoon.
The Beavers wasted little time seizing control of the game as they opened up a 2-0 advantage on back-to-back solo homeruns by Catie Funk and Caitie Benoit in the first inning. In the third, Funk was intentionally walked to lead off the inning, but Benoit made the Lyons pay by blasting a double to right for the game’s third run.
Babson added another single run in the fourth as Christa Shorette led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Emily Morris, before crossing the dish on a Maya Lacy sac fly. With two outs in the fifth, the Beavers added to their lead thanks to a two-run double by Conway which plated Benoit and Ashleigh Phelps.
Both Benoit and Conway had two RBI and Phelps tallied three hits.