Worcester, Mass. - April 14, 2017 - The Springfield College baseball team earned its second shutout of the year on Friday, as the Pride defeated New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)-rival Clark University, 7-0.
The Pride improved to 11-8 on the year while its conference record jumped to 5-3. The Cougars drop to 20-9 and 5-6 in NEWMAC competition.
Junior pitcher Joe Gamache (Lebanon, Conn.) went six strong innings, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out three to earn his third victory of the year. Classmate Ken Manero (Hudson, Mass.) finished off the final three innings to secure the victory.
The two programs would be locked in a pitchers dual through the first four frames of play, as both Gamache and Clark's Patrick Robinson (Watertown, Conn.) held their opponents scoreless in the opening innings.
Springfield scratched across the first run of the contest in the top of the fifth when Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) scored on a groundout to shortstop by Mike Jamieson (New Fairfield, Conn.). Later in the inning, Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) would extend the lead to 2-0, as the junior delivered a single to right to score Logan Barrett (Petersham, Mass.).
The Pride bats would break the game open in the following inning, as Springfield piled on five in the sixth. Junoir Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) began the inning by singling to center to score Colin King (Berlin, Conn.). Barrett followed suit two batters later with a double down the left field line to score Joao and freshman Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.). The Pride's final two runs would be scored on a Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) ground out that scored Drabinski. The final run would come on a passed ball to score Barrett, who would finish the day going 2-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Springfield will return home on Saturday, April 15 to face off against Clark once more, in a 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. doubleheader.