Allen's Grand Slam Leads Baseball to Split With Wheaton

Allen's Grand Slam Leads Baseball to Split With Wheaton

Springfield, Mass. - April 2, 2016 - Sophomore Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) hit his first-career home run, a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning, to help lead the Springfield College baseball team to a split with Wheaton on Saturday afternoon at Berry Allen Field.

With the split, the Pride is now 7-10-1 overall and 1-4 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while Wheaton now boasts a record of 12-6 on the season, and 3-2 in the league.

Up next, Springfield will host defending NEWMAC Champion MIT on Tuesday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. back on Berry Allen

Springfield 5, Wheaton (Mass.) 2 -- Game One

Allen's first-career home run helped lift the Pride to a 5-2 victory in the first of two played at Berry Allen Field on Saturday. With the win, Springfield posted its first victory over Wheaton since the 2013 season, and improved to 7-9-1 on the year.

Senior Ben Bohlke (Nanuet, N.Y.) got the nod for Springfield, and gave up just one run in 6.1 innings of work, while a combination of Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.), Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) and Mitchell Goldman (Uxbridge, Mass.) finished off the win, allowing no runs over 2.2 frames.

At the plate, along with Allen's impressive day, going 1-for-3 with four RBI, freshman Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) reached three times for the Pride, while going 1-for-2 with two walks.

Wheaton got on the scoreboard in the top of the third when Jimmy Smith (Worcester, Mass.) singled to second, scoring Matthew Cook (Harwich, Mass.) to give the Lyons a 1-0 lead.

The Pride answered in the bottom of the fourth, as JP Peters (Guilford, Conn.) was hit by a pitch before Drabinski and Matt Fraioli (Stamford, Conn.) worked two-out walks, leading to the grand slam from Allen, the first of his career and Springfield's third as a team on the season.

The Lyons cut into the lead in the seventh, plating a run on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Rivest, entering in relief of Bohlke worked through the jam by getting a line out to second and a fly out to third, preserving the two-run lead.

Goldman picked up the save for the Pride, getting the final out of the game, inducing a pop out to second base. It was Goldman's third save on the year.

Wheaton (Mass.) 20, Springfield 0 -- Game Two

Senior Dan Green (Oakland, N.J.) took the hill in the second game, and pitched 5.1 innings, giving up just 12 hits, two walks and picked up a strikeout, but was touched for 10 runs which proved to be the difference maker in the second leg of the doubleheader on Saturday.

Wheaton would jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, on RBI singles from Joshua LaJoie (Somers, Conn.) and Zachary Goodwin-Boyd (Florence, Mass.), before scoring three more in the top of the fourth and fifth to take a 5-0 lead in the contest.

The Lyons would add five more in the top of the sixth, and one in the top of the seventh to make it 11-0, before tacking on seven in the eighth to push its lead to 18. Wheaton would add two more in the ninth to push its run total to 20 before the final out.