Auburndale, Fla. - March 11, 2018 - The Springfield College baseball team opeend up their annual spring break trip to Florida by splitting a doubleheader with UMass Dartmouth on Sunday. The Pride picked up a 3-1 win in the opener before falling 3-2 in the second contest as Springfield evened its record to 2-2-1 on the year.
Thanks to its one-of-a-kind Archie Allen Field on campus, Springfield already had three games under its belt before heading to warmer climates this week. Springfield will play again on Monday evening when it takes on Stockton at 5 pm.
Game One - Springfield 3, UMass Dartmouth 1
Both Chade Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) had a pair of hits in the opener and accounted for the only four hits Springfield would have on the morning. Starter Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) scattered six hits in 5.1 innings of work, allowing one earned run while striking out two as he took the no decision. Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) was impressive in relief for the victory as he struck out four and surrendered just one hit in 1.2 innings on the mound.
Playing as the visitor in the opener, Springfield struck first in the third as Shade singled up the middle, advancing Noah Bleakley (Holland, Mass.) to third after he had previously reached on an error. Marsicano then came up with a key two-out double to left center for the game's first run.
After the Corsairs answered with a two-out solo home run in the bottom half of the third, neither team could muster any offensive until the Pride took the lead for good in the top of the seventh. Both Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) and Bleakley earned walks to start the frame, and after a double play, Shade ripped a double to left center to plate Allen for the game-winning run. Marsicano followed with a single through the left side for some insurance, scoring Shade. In the bottom half, Donovan worked around a lead-off single by getting a pair of strikeouts and force out to hand UMass Dartmouth their first loss of the season.
Game Two - UMass Dartmouth 3, Springfield 2
UMass Dartmouth was the visitor in the second contest and produced the game's first run as a leadoff double by Kenny Michael would eventually result in a 1-0 score after a run-scoring triple from Nate Tellier. Michael again led off the fourth with a double, and would give the Corsairs a 2-0 edge on a sacrifice fly.
However, Springfield would not go quietly. Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) blistered a lead off homer in the bottom of the fourth before Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) followed with a double and would score following a pair of balks to tie the contest. The Pride nearly took the lead in the fifth with runners on second and third with two outs, but the Corsairs were able to catch Springfield stealing home to halt the threat.
In the sixth, UMass Dartmouth took advantage of an error by Springfield with two outs, and a single to left field two batters later by Josh O'Neil scored the go-ahead run. Springfield was unable to muster a rally as it was edged by one run.
Despite striking out eight batters in 5.2 innings of work, Springfield's Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) was charged the loss as he gave up three runs, two earned, off five hits.