Auburndale, Fla. - March 17, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team picked up its first win of the 2019 season when it defeated Rutgers-Camden, 5-4, in game one, but fell to the Scarlet Raptors, 6-5, in game two to settle with a split its first two games of Spring Break, competing at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.
With the split, the Pride is now 1-2 on the year, while Rutgers-Camden is 3-3 overall.
Up next, Springfield College will play two with Keuka on Monday, March 18 beginning at 10 a.m.
Springfield College 5, Rutgers-Camden 4 -- Game One
Sophomore catcher Nick Fazio (Kings Park, N.Y.) came up with a big pinch-hit two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to give the Pride a three-run lead, before helping Springfield College obtain the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth as the maroon and white started off its Spring Break trip with a 5-4 win over Rutgers-Camden.
Junior pitcher Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) earned his first win of the year, going 6.0 strong innings, allowing just five hits and two earned runs while striking out six. Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) went 2.2 innings of relief and picked up two strikeouts, before Fletcher Comment (Woodbridge, Conn.) came on for the one-out save, his first of the year.
Rutgers-Camden's R.J. Concepcion (Audubon, N.J.) went yard in the top of the first inning to give the Scarlet Raptors an early 1-0 lead, but Springfield College responded in the bottom of the frame when Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) singled past second base, scoring Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.).
The two sides were even at one apiece until the top of the sixth when Rutgers-Camden tacked on a run, but the Pride picked up three in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) reached on an error which allowed Joao to score, before Fazio roped a single up the middle, plating Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) and Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.).
Fazio would reach on an error in the bottom of the eighth, which allowed Bean to score again, making it 5-2, but Rutgers-Camden came back in the top of the ninth with a two-run shot off the bat of Chris Jones (Washington Township, N.J.), cutting its deficit to one.
Comment came on to face the final batter, and forced a ground out to third base to seal with win for the Pride.
Rutgers-Camden 6, Springfield College 5 -- Game Two
Joao hit his first home run of the year in the top of the third inning and Eduardo Martinez (Southwick, Mass.) had two RBI but the Pride fell in game two, 6-5, to the Scarlet Raptors.
Senior pitcher Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) got the nod and pitched 6.0 frames, striking out six while holding Rutgers-Camden to just two earned runs, before Kenny Walton (New Providence, Pa.) and Zach Kerr (Niskayuna, N.Y.) came on to pitch the final two frames for the Pride.
The Scarlet Raptors picked up one run in the bottom of the first and second inning, but Rivest would line out to center field, scoring Martinez to cut the Pride's deficit in half. Next up, Joao hit a solo shot over the left-field fence to knot the score at two apiece.
Rutgers-Camden would pick up a run in the bottom of the third, but Springfield College would respond once again when Martinez roped a single to left, scoring Jack Simonetty (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) to make it 3-3.
The Scarlet Raptors score again in the bottom of the fifth, but the Pride tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, as Simonetty reached on an error, allowing Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.), who hit a stand-up triple in the prior at bat, to score. Next up, Martinez drove in Simonetty to give Springfield College a one-run cushion.
In the bottom of the seventh, Rutgers-Camden struck twice and the Pride could not rally, resulting in the 6-5 loss.
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