Springfield, Mass. - April 13, 2018 - The Springfield College baseball team let a 4-3 lead slip away as the Pride fell to Clark, 6-4, in the first of a three-game set with the Cougars in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Archie Allen Field.
The loss drops the Pride to 17-8-2 on the year and 6-4 in NEWMAC play, while Clark is 16-8 on the year with an 8-3 record against league opponents.
Leading the Pride offensively was a 2-for-4 performance at the plate from Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.), which included three RBI, while Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) had the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Senior Kyle Naples (Berlin, Conn.) got the nod on the hill for the Pride and threw 6.0 strong innings before being replaced by Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.), who took the loss as he threw 4.0 frames, giving up six hits and two earned runs.
After surrendering a run in the second inning, Springfield answered with two runs in the bottom the third on a Cooney single up the middle. The rivals both pushed a run across in the fifth to keep the Pride up 3-2 before three walks and a hard ground ball by Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) drove in the game-tying run in the sixth.
The Pride got things going late in the game when a leadoff single by Cooney, followed by a single from Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) put runners on the corners with no outs. Gleason stepped to the plate and drove a fastball right back up the middle to score Cooney and put the Pride up 4-3 going into the last frame.
Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) singled through the left side in the top of the tenth inning to give the Cougars a one-run lead, before Dylan Horn (Sterling, Conn.) provided the visitors with an inusrance run, scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.)
Downing came out in the bottom of the 10th and struck out the side to finish the ball game.
Springfield College will now go to Worcester, Mass. to finish off the three-game series, as the doubleheader is set to begin at 12 p.m.