Auburndale, Fla. - March 18, 2017 - On Friday, it had been 16 years since a member of the Springfield College baseball program had thrown a no-hitter when Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) no hit Colby Sawyer to lead the maroon and white to victory. On Saturday, the Pride touched on another record set during the 2001 season, as it scored 26 runs in a 26-14 rout of Daniel Webster at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Saturday afternooon.
Saturday's result marked the most amount of runs that Springfield College has scored in a single game since March 20, 2001, when the Pride bested Bloomfield, 33-20, in a seven inning contest. With the win, Springfield College is 5-3 on the year, while Daniel Webster falls to 1-7 with the loss.
Junior Kyle Naples (Berlin, Conn.) got the nod for the Pride, and went 4.0 innings, giving up just five hits and striking out a pair to earn his second win of the year. Kenny Walton (New Providence, Pa.) and Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) combined the next 3.0 innings, as they held the Eagles to seven hits, before Jack Weinberger (Sunapee, N.H.) finished the last 2.0 innnings, striking out three. Daniel Webster used six pitchers throughout the contest, but the loss was credited to Mike Gamache (Manchester, Conn.).
Offensively, Springfield College was led the trio of Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.), Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) and Mark Joao (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), as Drabinski and Russo picked up five hits apiece, while Joao went 4-for-6 and drove in a team-best four RBI.
The Pride's next scheduled game is for Tuesday, March 21 at Fitchburg State. First pitch set for 3 p.m.
Springfield College got to work early, scoring seven in the top of the first inning on a two-run double from Joao, and RBI triple from Drabinski, and RBI singles from Russo and Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.). The Eagles would get three back to cut its deficit to four in the bottom half, but Drabinski would score on a double from Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) in the top of the second to make it 8-3, Pride.
Springfield College posted five more runs in the top of the third, as Russo and Joao picked up RBI singles, before Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) doubled to left field, scoring Joao and Drabinski to make it 12-3. Marsicano would drive in Allen later in the innign to make it 13-3 after three.
Daniel Webster's big inning came in the bottom of the fifth, as the Eagles scored nine runs to make it a 19-12 game. Springfield College would pull away again in the top of the seventh, as it scored six runs, highlighted by a two-run triple from Mike Jamieson (New Fairfield, Conn.). The Pride would add five more in the top of the eighth and a pair in the top of the ninth to pull away for the 26-14 win.