Springfield, Mass. - March 25, 2019 - Behind a dominant performance from sophomore Dakota Aldrich (Ellington, Conn.), the Springfield College baseball team prevailed over Brandeis University, 1-0, in it's home opener on Archie Allen Field on Monday afternoon.
The win marks the third-consecutive for the maroon and white, and brings the Pride's record to 6-6, while the Judges are now to 8-5.
Aldrich picked up his first win of the year behind 8.0 innings of one-hit ball, while also fanning eight Judges batters. Nick Naples (Berlin, Conn.) came on and picked up his second-career save, as he forced Brandeis into three quick outs. Brandeis starter Mason Newman (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had a quality start as well, as he threw 8.0 frames, giving up just three hits while striking out four despite taking his first loss of the year.
Pitching dominated the game from the start as it took three innings for either team to record a hit. Springfield College remained hitless into the fifth inning when Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) pulled a fastball through the left side.
The teams would trade zeros on the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh when Joao reached on a mishandled groudball and Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) laced a ball into the gap in right-center field, giving the Pride its third hit and allowing them to finally break through in the run column, as Joao would score all the way from first base.
The Pride will now return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play and will travel to Wheaton on Tuesday, March 26, to play the Lyons at 3:30 p.m.
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