SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 10, 2007 – Denise Fumicello went 5-for-5 in game #1 and Michelle Wlosek hit two long home runs in game #2 to lead the Springfield College softball team to a non-conference doubleheader sweep, 12-5 and 8-0 in five innings, over the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) this afternoon at SC’s cold Potter Field.
With the wins, the Pride lifts its record to 14-10 overall, while MCLA falls to 0-14.
In the first game, SC scored in every inning. Fumicello, a junior second baseman from Brockton, Mass., tripled to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Moments later, she scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore center-fielder Angela Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.). In the second inning, sophomore third baseman Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.) singled home SC’s second run. In the third, freshman shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.) belted a two-run home run for the Pride.
MCLA countered with a run in the top of the fourth. Junior shortstop Sarah Davitt-Sweeney (Brooklyn, N.Y.) doubled home the run.
In the bottom of the fourth, SC countered back with two runs. They were produced by an RBI-double by sophomore DH Danielle Spiro (So. Windsor, Conn.) and by an RBI-single by Wlosek, a freshman catcher from Nutley, N.J.
Leading 6-1 entering the top of the fifth, SC allowed MCLA back in it. The Trailblazers scored four times. The runs came home on a single, a double, a ground out to the pitcher, and an error.
SC, however, scored twice in the fifth and four more times in the sixth. Fumicello recorded four singles, a triple, and two stolen bases, while scoring four runs and knocking in one in game #1. Atkins went 1-for-3, but knocked in four runs. Spiro, Moran, Kogut, and sophomore OF Amanda Lyons (Eastchester, N.Y.) all had two hits as SC had 19 hits in all.
Junior right-hander Stephanie Blackman (Stamford, Conn.) was credited with the victory (8-4), although she only pitched the first five innings. Freshman Courtney Kapinos (So. Hadley, Mass.) was credited with a save, her first of the season. Kapinos pitched two 1-2-3 innings to end it. For MCLA, sophomore Deena Berman-Orbach (Selden, N.Y.) was the loser. She allowed eight runs (all earned) on 15 hits through five innings.
In game #2, SC jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning. The first run scored when Fumicello walked, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a single by Spiro. The second run scored on a dropped pop-up by the third baseman.
It was still 2-0 entering the bottom of the third inning. Atkins doubled, and Spiro singled to knock her in. Then Wlosek homered, her first of the game, to right field. That gave the Pride a 5-0 lead.
SC scored three more in the bottom of the fifth, allowing for the mercy win. With one out, Wlosek homered again. Sophomore first baseman Loni Rodriguez (Westfield, Mass.) then walked, with Kogut pinch-running. Kogut stole second, and then scored on a double by junior third baseman Lauren D’Arrigo (Lexington, Mass.), making it 7-0. Following a ground out, D’Arrigo scored on a walk-off single by sophomore left-fielder Kasey Calderone (Pipersville, Pa.).
Sophomore left-hander Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) pitched a two-hit, five-inning shutout for the Pride. Rhodes walked none, although she hit two batters, and struck out six. She is now 5-6, and has won three straight decisions. Freshman Jen McMurray (Margaretville, N.Y.) picked up the loss. She gave up five runs (four earned) and six hits in three innings. She walked three and struck out one.
Springfield will next host Bridgewater State in a doubleheader tomorrow (Wednesday) at Potter Field at 3:30 pm.