Springfield, Mass. - April 7, 2018 - The Springfield College baseball team swept Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday at Archie Allen Field. The Pride took the opener, 12-5, before producing a 2-1 win in the second.
With the wins, Springfield College now stands at 16-5-2 overall with a 5-2 mark in NEWMAC play, while the Bears fall to 6-10 on the year with an 0-7 record against league opponents.
Springfield will now head to New London, Conn. on Sunday, April 7 to finish up the three-game set with the Bears.
Springfield College 12, Coast Guard 5 -- Game One
Four different players recorded at least a pair of RBI to lead the Pride to a 12-5 victory over the Bears in its first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Senior Mark Joao (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with a career-best five RBI, while Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) led all players with three hits and four runs scored. Junior pitcher Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) tossed 5.0 strong innings of three-hit ball and struck out five en route to earning the win.
The Pride were the first to break into the runs column when Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the third and delivered a single down the left field line to score a pair and put the Pride up 2-0.
The visitors answered with a run in the fifth as they took advantage of a leadoff walk and later benefitted from an RBI single through the right side off the bat of Jeremy Lhotka (Orange Park, Fla.) to pull within one of Springfield.
However, Springfield promptly responded in the bottom half of the frame with four runs to separate itself from the Bears. Shade's leadoff walk and stolen base started the rally while back-to-back singles from Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Joao drove him in. Gleason drew a walk, followed by a walk from Noah Bleakley (Holland, Mass.), which proved to be an RBI walk to score Cooney. The Pride's final two runs of the inning came on a sharp single through the right side by Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) that scored Joao and Gleason to give the Pride a 6-1 advantage.
Springfield blew open the game with a four-run sixth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, a walk from Cooney and a hard ground ball from Joao pushed three runs across, followed by a single up the middle from Bleakley to score Joao and give the Pride a 10-3 lead, before a two-run single from Joao in the seventh gave Springfield its 12th and final run.
The Bears tacked on their final run in the ninth on a two-out, bases loaded walk, before John Daley (Huntington, Mass.) struck out the games' final batter to finalize a 12-5 victory for the Pride.
Springfield College 2, Coast Guard 1 -- Game Two
Senior Kyle Naples (Kensington, Conn.) was impressive for Springfield College on the mound in game two as he pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just two hits while striking out eight on his way to his third win of the season. Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) came on to pick up five outs, while Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) earned his second save of the season, picking up the game's final out.
After scoreless baseball through 5.5 innings, the maroon and white finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) led off with a single, before getting to third on a single from Drabinski. Next up, Marsicano flew out to left, but Bean was able to cross home to give the Pride a 1-0 lead.
Springfield College extended its lead to a pair in the next frame when Gleason singled up the middle to plate Cooney, before Coast Guard answered with a run in the top of the ninth, but it was unable to complete the comeback, securing the win for Springfield.