SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 14, 2007 – Danielle Spiro walloped a three-run game-ending walk-off home run in game #1 to lead the Springfield College softball team to a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep, 12-2 in six innings and 3-2, over WPI this afternoon at SC’s Potter Field.
With the wins, the Pride lifts its record to 18-10 overall, and 9-3 in the NEWMAC. WPI falls to 16-10 overall, and 8-4 in league play. WPI had come in a pretty hot ball-club, winning four straight, and 10 of its last 12. But Springfield has now won seven straight, and has taken over first place in the conference. WPI had been in the lead to start the day, but now finds itself in a third-place tie with Babson, also 8-4. Wheaton, which split today with Clark, is now 10-4, percentage points behind SC in second place.
Now finding itself in control of its own destiny, Springfield still has two conference doubleheaders remaining. They are at Babson next Friday, and at home against MIT next Saturday. MIT is currently 0-12 in the NEWMAC and in last place.
In game #1, Springfield, which has been swinging the bats very well lately, jumped out to a 5-0 lead against very well-respected WPI right-handed senior hurler Meghan Kelly (Burlington, Mass.). Freshman right-fielder Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.)knocked in the game’s first run with a single. Two batters later, freshman shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.) smashed a grand slam home run.
The Engineers came back in the top of the second when sophomore catcher Jen Richards (Hampstead, N.H.) hit a solo home run off Springfield junior starter Stephanie Blackman (Stamford, Conn.). Then in the fourth inning, WPI struck for another singleton when freshman second baseman Amanda Matori singled home a run.
Springfield countered with one run in the bottom of the fourth, when sophomore first baseman Loni Rodriguez (Westfield, Mass.) tripled. Moments later, she scored on a single by Moran, her fifth RBI of the game. Then in the fifth inning, off junior reliever Heather Hassett (Oxford, Mass.), SC’s Worrilow doubled home a run. Later, sophomore pinch-runner Nicole Uliasz (Dalton, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch, making it 8-2.
In the sixth, four Springfield batters came to the plate, all reaching. The first of those four scored on a wild pitch. The fourth of those four, Danielle Spiro, a freshman from South Windsor, Conn., hit a three-run home run to end it via mercy rule, 12-2.
Blackman was the winner, scattering five hits in her five innings of work. She is now 10-4. Kelly was the loser. Worrilow, Rodriguez, and Moran all had two hits apiece for the Pride.
In game #2, WPI’s Kelly started again. But just as in game #1, SC got off to another great start. Another SC freshman who has been playing very well of late, catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.), knocked in the first run of the game with a single in the bottom of the first. Worrilow later doubled, knocking in two more. Little did SC know that is all it would get off Kelly, who pitched a complete game.
Senior first baseman Kristin Gervais (Millbury, Mass.) tripled to lead off the fourth inning for WPI. She then came home on a single by junior third baseman Nicole DeCampo (Stoneham, Mass.), making it 3-1, SC.
In the WPI sixth, sophomore DH Sara Migdal (Hagaman, N.Y.) homered to cut the margin to 3-2. In the seventh, the Engineers threatened by placing a runner on second on a single and an error with one out. But SC sophomore lefthander Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) then struck out the next two batters to end it.
Rhodes gave up two runs and four hits in the complete game victory. She struck out seven, while walking only two, evening her record at 6-6 on the season. Kelly was the hard-luck loser, now 7-4, but 0-2 on the day. SC only had six hits, two by Worrilow, who was 4-for-6 on the afternoon. Kelly struck out three and walked two in game #2.
SC will play away games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, weather permitting next week. The Pride will next play at Keene State in a doubleheader on Monday at 3:30 p.m. WPI will take on Worcester State in a doubleheader at WSC Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.