Willimantic, Conn. - April 2, 2013 - The Springfield College softball team was swept by host Eastern Connecticut State in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. The Warriors rallied from a four-run deficit to take the first game, 8-5, before using a walkoff homer to topple the Pride, 5-4.
The Warriors entered the contest ranked 23rd in the country in the latest NFCA National Poll and are now 8-5 on the year. Springfield drops to 6-12 with the two setbacks.
ECSU came from behind in both victories, wiping out a 5-1 deficit in the opener with seven runs in their final three at-bats and coming from a run down three times in the nightcap. Springfield tied the second game in the top of the seventh on a leadoff double by Kelly Blake and sacrifice fly by Johanna Burke before Arielle Cooper drove a 2-1 pitch over the right-center field fence to make a winner of reliever Shannon Martin.
Freshman right Emily Komornik was instrumental in Eastern’s first-game come-from-behind win when she pitched five scoreless innings in place of starter Erin Miller, allowing six hits and two walks while fanning three.
Springfield raced out to a 5-1 lead in the first game thanks to a two-run shot by Burke in the first and a two-RBI double by Jenna Webb in the third.
Eastern cut the margin to one when it scored three times in the fourth on Sam Rossetti’s first career home run – a blast to left-center. The Warriors tied the game with two out in the fifth when right-handed-hitting Godwin poked an 0-2 pitch through the right side to plate Kelly Paterson, who had opened the inning with a single. A three-run sixth inning broke the tie, with Mattie Brett scoring the go-ahead run on a one-out infield single, a two-base infield error on a sacrifice bunt, and Paterson’s suicide squeeze. No. 9 hitter Alyssa Hancock, a freshman, singled in two insurance runs with two out.
Martin allowed only one hit and one run while fanning one and walking two in pitching the final three innings in relief of starter Christine Akcer.
Brett and Rossetti each had three hits for Eastern, with Paterson finishing with three and Hancock, Godwin, Cooper and freshman Alicia White contributing two each. Rossetti, Hancock and Godwin all drove in three runs abd Cooper reached safely six times with her two hits and four walks and she scored three runs.
Komornik and Martin combined to allow only one (earned) run in eight innings of relief. They fanned four and walked four.
Springfield, swept for the first time in four northern doubleheaders, was led by Burke, who drove in four runs with a double, home run and single. She also walked twice. Christina Leader and Blake also had three hits apiece and Blake and leading hitter Webb both drove in two runs.
Springfield will travel to Connecticut again on Wednesday to square off with Western Connecticut at 3:30 pm.