SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – March 30, 2007 – Stephanie Blackman and Samantha Rhodes pitched complete game victories in leading the Springfield College softball team to a sweep of a doubleheader in a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference games this afternoon at SC’s Potter Field. Game scores were 7-2 in game #1, and 6-2 in game #2. These were the conference openers for both teams.
With the victories, Springfield raised its overall record to 7-7, and its NEWMAC mark to 2-0. Coast Guard, meanwhile, fell to 5-9 overall, 0-2 in conference play.
In game #1, Blackman, a junior right-hander from Stamford, Conn., went the distance, giving up two runs (both earned) on four hits, while striking out one and walking one. With the win, she is now 4-3.
In game #2, Rhodes, a sophomore left-hander from Mendon, Mass., gave up just two runs (one earned) on six hits, while striking out four and walking three. Rhodes is now 2-4 on the season.
In the first game, Coast Guard took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second when sophomore shortstop Keely Balthrop (Goodlettsville, Tenn.), with one out, hit a solid two-run home run to left field.
The Bears maintained that 2-1 advantage until the bottom of the fifth. In that inning, SC sophomore third baseman Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.) reached on an error, stole second, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a ground out by freshman right-fielder Lynn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.).
It was still 2-2 entering the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore DH Aimee Cassella (Southington, Conn.) doubled to lead off the inning. She was sacrificed to third. When the next batter struck out, however, it looked like the Bears’ senior right-hander Colleen Perry (Norwalk, Conn.) was going to get out of trouble.
But two walks loaded the bases. Then junior second baseman Denise Fumicello (Brockton, Mass.) lined a single to left for the biggest hit of the game, scoring one run. Moments later, sophomore center-fielder Angela Atkins (East Haddam. Conn.) singled to knock in another pair. Two more runs then scored on a wild pitch and an error, before Perry induced a ground out to second to end it.
Fumicello went 2-for-2, plus a walk for the Pride. For Coast Guard, Perry is now 1-7.
In the second game, both teams scored a run in the first inning. Coast Guard’s tally came on a two-out single to left by sophomore first baseman Colleen Denny (Clarence City, N.Y.). For SC, Fumicello walked, stole second, went to third on a bunt single, and scored on a stolen base moments later.
The Bears took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth. Freshman second baseman Leanna Minton (Antioch, Calif.) singled, stole second, and then scored on a single to right by sophomore center-fielder Annette Boston (Oceanside, Calif.).
But SC came right back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Worrilow led with a walk. Sophomore Nicole Uliasz (Dalton, Mass.) pinch-ran and immediately scored on a double to center by freshman DH Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.). Two more errors and a sacrifice fly to left by freshman shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.) produced two more runs.
SC scored two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore pinch-hitter Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) knocked in the runs with a one-out double.
For the Bears, sophomore left-hander Katie Murray (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) suffered her first loss, and is now 3-1.
Both Springfield and Coast Guard will play doubleheaders tomorrow (Saturday, Mar. 31) at 12 noon. Springfield will travel to Wheaton, while Coast Guard will host WPI.