SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- March 30, 2008 - The Springfield College baseball team got back on the winning track by sweeping WPI in a conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Berry-Allen Field. The Pride won the opening game, 5-3, and completed the sweep with a 7-4 victory in the second game.
The wins snap the Pride’s eight game losing streak as it improves to 5-10 overall, 2-2 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. The Engineers fall to 10-9, 2-2.
The story of the afternoon was the outstanding pitching performances Springfield received from Jimmy Lisowski (Warwick, Mass.) and Jacob Feist (Allentown, Pa.). In the opener, Lisowski was spectacular on the mound as he went the distance, scattering just five hits and striking out seven in seven innings of work. Feist tossed a complete game in the second game, surrendering just six hits and allowing four runs, in nine innings.
In the first game, Lisowski got out of a jam early in the top of the first with runners on the corners and two outs. After Scott McNee flied out to Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.), Cone gunned out Bryan Watkins at the plate to end the inning.
Springfield jumped on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Jamie Mackie (Springfield, Mass.) scored on a Casey Federico (Agawam, Mass.) sac fly to center field. Mackie originally got on base after doubling down the right field line.
WPI tied the game up at one in the fourth when WPI used back-to-back hard hit doubles to plate a run. McNee hammered a ball into deep left center field and Mike Swanton followed that up with a shot to right center, plating McNee.
The Pride blew open the game in the bottom half of the fourth, plating four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Mackie highlighted the inning with a deep two-RBI double over the right fielder’s head, scoring Joe Kropa (Cranford, N.J.) and Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.).
WPI tacked on another run in the fifth with Moreau crossing the plate on a Watkins groundout. The Enginners scored the final run of the game and cut the lead to two after McNee led off the sixth with a solo shot to left center field.
Lisowski was spectacular on the mound as he went the distance, scattering just five hits and striking out seven. Mackie finished the game with three hits and a pair of RBI in the win, while Luke Gabordi (Ledyard, Conn.), Justin Nussey (Westminster, Mass.), and Cone all chipped in with two hits.
Smalanskas suffered the loss for WPI as hit gave up 10 hits and two earned runs. McNee was the lone Enginner with a pair of hits in the loss.
In the second game of the twinbill, WPI struck first with a pair of runs off Feist to open up the first inning. McNee cracked a double to left center field which plated Bryan Watkins and Mark Dignum, who had previously reached on walks. The Engineers added another run in the second when Paul Galligan crossed the plate on a Ethan Brown groundout to second.
Showing plenty of resilience, the Pride answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game. Mackie once again provided the highlights as his two-RBI single scored John Schmaltz (Cromwell, Conn.) and Mike Robilotto (East Meadow, N.Y.). Ryan Tatreau (Greenfield, Mass.), who doubled to reach base, scored on an throwing error by the pitcher, to tack on another Pride run.
WPI regained the lead in the third when Ryan Rainone scored on a groundout to first after previously leading off the inning with a double.
In the bottom of the fourth, Springfield scored four times to grab a 7-4 lead. Travis Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) was hit by a pitch on a full count with the bases loaded to bring in Smaltz. Next up, Gabordi was also plunked, forcing in Kropa. With the bases still loaded, Mackie crossed the plate on a passed ball, while Gabordi scored another Pride run after a botched pickoff attempt and error by Nolan Murphy.
Feist was in control the entire game as he went nine innings, surrendering four runs off six hits. Mackie went 2 for 5 with two RBI while Tatreau added two hits and a run scored.
Rainone was the lone member of the Engineers to record a pair of hits in the game. Ryan Marques was served with the loss after going 3 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs, four earned, off six hits and four walks.
Springfield returns to action on Tuesday afternoon with a contest against cross-town rival WNEC. First pitch is slated for 3:30 pm.