SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 11, 2007 – Michelle Wlosek socked a two-run walk-off home run, capping a nine-run fifth-inning in game #2, to lead the Springfield College softball team to a non-conference doubleheader sweep, 11-3 and 12-4, over Bridgewater State College this afternoon at SC’s Potter Field.
With the wins, the Pride lifts its record to 16-10 overall, while Bridgewater State falls to 9-14-1. Both games were decided in five-innings via the mercy rule.
In game #1, Springfield jumped out to a 9-1 lead after two innings. In the first inning, the first two batters for SC flew out and popped out. But an error then opened the floodgates for four runs. Wlosek, a freshman catcher from Nutley, N.J., followed the error with her first home run of the day, giving the Pride a 2-0 lead. Two more runs later came across on RBI-doubles by freshman shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.) and by sophomore right-fielder Amanda Lyons (Eastchester, N.Y.).
In the 5-run second inning, Wlosek singled in her third run of the game, a second run scored on a wild pitch, and Moran then capped the rally with a 3-run home run.
In the third inning, the Bears scored twice as freshman pitcher Erin Christensen (Jefferson, Mass.) hit a 2-run double, cutting the margin to 9-3. But SC countered with a run of its own in the bottom of the third. Sophomore third baseman Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.) singled, stole second, and rode home on a double by junior second baseman Denise Fumicello (Brockton, Mass.).
SC scored the game-ending run in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Fumicello walked, went to second on a walk, and then scored when sophomore DP Danielle Spiro (So. Windsor, Conn.) singled up the middle.
Christensen took the loss for the Bears. She is now 1-3. Junior right-hander Stephanie Blackman (Stamford, Conn.), now 9-4, went the distance for the Pride, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs. She walked two and struck out four.
For Bridgewater State, junior right-fielder Ciana Godin (Worcester, Mass.) and sophomore center-fielder Allie LeBlanc (Somerset, Mass.) each had two hits. For SC, Wlosek went 2-for-2 with three RBI’s, while Moran went 2-for-3 with four RBI’s.
Game #2 began somewhat the same way for both teams, but took a turn in favor of Bridgewater State halfway through. Wlosek knocked in the game’s first run with a single in the first inning. A second run scored on the same play on an outfield overthrow at the plate. A single by sophomore first baseman Loni Rodriguez (Westfield, Mass.) produced a third run, and Springfield led 3-0 after one.
But the Bears refused to die. In the top of the third, Godin singled. Junior second baseman Nicole Hebert (Taunton, Mass.) then smashed a two-run home run. In the fourth inning, BSC’s LeBlanc led off with a home run to tie matters at 3-all. Later in that same inning, junior third baseman Kayla Flynn (Concord, Mass.) singled, and came all the way around on a three-base throwing error by the pitcher, giving the Bears a 4-3 lead.
That looked to be a huge run as darkness began to approach in the fifth inning. In the top of the fifth, the Bears were threatening with a runner on second with one out. Junior first baseman Danielle Trull-Donahue (Stoughton, Mass.) then lined what looked to be a gapper into left-center. But SC sophomore left-fielder Kasey Calderone (Pipersville, Pa.) stretched out to make a great diving catch, and almost doubled up the runner at second. The next batter popped out for out #3.
The bottom of the fifth proved to be extraordinary. Bears freshman starter Jamie Ducinski (Duxbury, Mass.), who was pitching well, suddenly had a streak of wildness, walking the bases loaded with one out. At this point, sophomore Alyssa Verronneau (Acushnet, Mass.) came on to strike out the next batter.
With two outs and BSC still up by one, Calderone then coaxed a walk on a 3-2 pitch that tied the game at 4-4. That again opened the floodgates. Sophomore Aimee Cassella (Southington, Conn.) then hit a three-run pinch-hit double to left-center. Fumicello then singled in another run, making it 8-4. That was followed by an RBI-double by sophomore center-fielder Angela Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.). Spiro, who had led off the inning with a walk, then hit a pop-up to the first baseman, who simply let the ball pop out of her mitt, another run scoring (10-4). Wlosek, who is now hitting .452, then ended matters with a two-run shot to right field.
Freshman Courtney Kapinos (South Hadley, Mass.), who pitched a scoreless fifth inning in place of sophomore starter Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.), claimed the victory for the Pride. She is now 2-0. Ducinski (1-3) picked up the loss.