SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – March 26, 2008 – Denise Fumicello knocked in the game's only run in the fourth inning as the Springfield College softball team defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 1-0, in game #1 of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Potter Field.
The Warriors then turned the tables as Krystle Denny went 4-for-4, including a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to lead ECSU to a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.
With the split, Springfield finishes the day at 6-6. The Pride had a four-game win streak snapped in game #2. Eastern Connecticut is now 9-3.
The first game featured an old-fashioned pitchers' dual between SC junior lefthander Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) and ECSU junior righthander Katie Pensiero (Stamford, Conn.). The game was scoreless through 3 1/2 innings. In the bottom of the fourth, sophomore shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.) led off with a walk, and advanced to second base on a ground out. Fumicello, a senior second baseman from Brockton, Mass., then lined a single to left center. There may have been a close play at the plate, but the ball was cut off. And that turned out to be the game's only run.
Hits were at a premium in this game. Each team had five. No player had more than one. Rhodes struck out six and walked only one in seven innings. Pensiero struck out two and walked three in six innings of work.
In game #2, most of the action took place in the top of the first when ECSU scored two runs. Springfield starter, freshman righthander Katie Anderson (Andover, Mass.), was not able to record an out. She allowed the two runs and left the bases loaded for her successor, freshman righthander Sarah Pongratz (Winchester, Mass.) who got out of the jam with no further damage. For ECSU, senior catcher Krystle Denny (West Haven, Conn.) and sophomore shortstop Kim Church (Farmington, Conn.) knocked in those two runs.
Springfield struck right back with one in the bottom of the first. Fumicello led off with a double, and two outs later sophomore catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) singled her home.
In the bottom of the fifth, SC tied it at 2-all when junior centerfielder Angela Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.) doubled with one out. Later, with the bases loaded, Atkins scored on a sacrifice fly by junior DP Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.).
That left it up to Denny, who pounded the second pitch of the inning beyond the left field fence, producing the go-ahead and eventual winning run. Pongratz deserved a better fate. She struck out five and walked only one in the seven innings she pitched, giving up only the one run. For the Warriors, freshman righthander Caitlin Cravens (Ellsworth, Maine) weaved her way in and out of trouble throughout. She allowed nine hits, walked three and struck out four in giving up two runs.
For SC in game #2, sophomore rightfielder Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.) went 2-for-4. For ECSU, Denny went 4-for-4, while senior rightfielder Kate Livingston (West Hartford, Conn.) went 3-for-4, with a double and a stolen base.
Up next, Springfield will play its NEWMAC conference openers with a doubleheader Friday at Coast Guard at 2:30 pm.