New London, Conn. – April 7, 2017 - The Springfield College baseball team improved to 2-0 on the season in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) conference play, as the Pride defeated Coast Guard, 7-4, in a three-game series opener on Friday afternoon.
This marks the first time since 2006 that the Pride has started a conference-schedule with a 2-0 record.
Freshman pitcher Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) earned his first win of the season after striking out four batters in seven innings, while surrendering just two hits one earned run. With the win, the Springfield improves to 8-5, while the Bears drop to 8-13, and 0-4 in conference play.
The Pride would extend its lead to five in the following inning. Jamieson scored in the bottom of the second on a Coast Guard throwing error, which put Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) on first. The miscue was one of six on the day Bears, as a second Coast Guard error plated King. Joao would single to score Russo to cap the run for the Pride.
The Bears picked up one run in the top of the seventh after Timbo Duncan (Heath, Texas) scored Kyle Jackson (Lincoln, R.I.) on a double to center field. Coast Guard would cut the deficit to 5-4 in the eighth with a three run frame.
However, Springfield would answer in the same inning, as it tacked on three insurance runs as a result of a sacrifice fly by Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) and the sixth error of the game by Coast Guard, which brought home Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Mark Serricchio (Stamford, Conn.). Ken Manero (Hudson, Mass.) would go on to pitch a scoreless ninth to secure the win.
The Pride will be back in New London, Conn. Saturday, April 8, to face Coast Guard in its third double header of the year.