Northampton, Mass. - April 14, 2013 - Ashley Marino hurled the third-no hitter of her career to highlight Springfield College's dominating sweep of Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball action on Sunday.
The Pride posted a 7-0 win on the opener before cruising to a 18-0 victory in five innings in the second contest. Smith is now 6-18, with an 0-12 NEWMAC record, while Springfield is 16-14, and 8-2 in NEWMAC games.
The first game was scoreless until the third inning, when Springfield scored five times to take an early lead. A pair of Smith errors put two on with none out, and Christina Leader reached on a bunt single for the first run of the game. Jenna Webb doubled in Leader to make it 2-0, and Breann Joyce hit a sacrifice fly to right field that brought in Brielle Engelbrecht. RBI hits from Melissa Nelson and Brittany Lally capped the scoring in the frame.
Springfield tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning when Chelsea Bender led off with a single and Kelly Blake hit the first of three home runs on the day over the fence in right-center.
Smith was limited to two hits - a single in the third by Tori Brown and another in the seventh from Edie Richardson.
Gina Martucci notched four strikeouts in a complete game effort for Smith, while Jennifer Joseph and Caisie Cadorette combined for four strikeouts over seven innings of work. Each allowed one hit.
The Pride picked up where they left off, hitting four home runs and getting a no-hitter from starter Marino, the third of her career.
Blake led off the game with a home run, and the Pride put up eight more runs in the second, sending fourteen batters to the plate. Blake hit a three-run shot in the inning, while Joyce added a two-run home run.
Springfield increased their lead to 15-0 in the third, with Caitie Holik hitting a three run homer in the frame. Marino carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, retiring the first 13 batters she faced before Kristina Gaffny reached on an error. Blake drove in four runs, while seven Springfield players had at least two hits, and every starter had a hit for the Pride.
Springfield will play again in non-conference play on Tuesday when it travels to take on Tufts.