Amherst, Mass. - March 29, 2017 - Playing in its first game since Spring Break, the Springfield College baseball team fell to Amherst College, 20-5, at Memorial Field on Wednesday afternoon.
With the loss, the Pride is now 5-4 overall, while Amherst improves to 4-5 on the season.
Senior Tyler Kelly (Alexandria, Va.) got the start, his second of the year, and was one of six pitchers the Pride used throughout the day. Highlighting the group was freshman Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.), as the first year pitched 2.2 innings, gave up just two hits and struck out a pair. Zach Horwitz (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) got the nod for Amherst and picked up his first win of the year, pitching 3.0 innings, striking out five.
Transfer sophomore Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) continued his strong play at the plate, as he went 2-for-5 with one RBI in the setback.
Amherst got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when the first two batters reached base, before Yanni Thanopoulos (Highland, Calif.) singled up the middle, scoring Max Steinhorn (Washington, D.C.) and Harry Roberson (Arlington, Mass.) to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. Amherst would go on to score six more runs in the frame to take an early 8-0 lead over the Pride.
Amherst picked up three more runs in the bottom of the second, before Springfield College got on the board with four runs in the top of the third to make it an 11-4 game. The Pride started the rally when Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) singled up the middle, before Colin King (Berlin, Conn.) followed suit with a single of his own to put two runners on.
Next up, Russo roped a double to right, scoring Marsicano from second, before back-to-back passed balls scored King and Russo to make it 11-3. JP Peters (Guilford, Conn.) pinch hit and drew a walk, before Marcelino Diaz (Hartford, Conn.) pinch ran for the junior, and came around to score on an error at shortstop to make it 11-4.
The Pride got its fifth run when Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring King from third to make it 11-5 after four. Amherst exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 20-5 advantage over the Pride. The inning was highlighted by bases-clearing doubles from Chase Henley (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Thanopoulos.
The scoreboard was quiet from there, as both bullpens kept the bats quiet, finishing off the 20-5 setback.
Up next, Springfield College will take on Dean College on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m.