Kissimmee, Fla. – March 17, 2017 – Concluding its Spring Break trip with contests against Mount Saint Mary College and the University of Wisconsin - River Falls on Friday morning, the Springfield College softball program picked up a pair of wins to improve to 9-1 overall, its best start since the 1996 season.
The Pride defeated Mount Saint Mary, 5-1, behind three RBI from junior Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) and another dominating pitching performance from Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.), before beating Wisconsin - River Falls, 10-1, behind 14 hits, including three from Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.).
It has been an incredible start to the 2017 season for Gasdia, as the junior center fielder has gone 19-for-35 at the dish and is hitting .543. The Wakefield, Mass. native has also posted eight stolen bases and five RBI. Loda improved to 5-0 with the win this morning, and now holds an earned-run average of 0.80. The junior has pitched three complete games and has struck out 14 batters.
Springfield College 5, Mount Saint Mary College 1 -- Game One
Behind three RBI from Drobiak, the Springfield College softball team pushed its record to 8-1 in Florida, as the Pride defeated Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.), 5-1, on Friday morning at the Osceola County Softball Complex.
With the loss, Mount Saint Mary falls to 2-5 overall.
Loda had another great outing for Springfield College, as she pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs while striking out three. For the Blue Knights, freshman Bridget Bennett (Gardiner, N.Y.) pitched 5.0 innings and took the loss, as she gave up four runs but also struck out four batters.
Along with Drobiak's success at the plate, Gasdia continued her hot start to he season, as she went 2-for-3 with a pair of bunt singles and two stolen bases. Freshman Gabby Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.) also went 2-for-3 at the dish, and picked up another RBI.
The Blue Knights struck first in the contest, as Breanna DePasquale (Brooklyn, N.Y.) reached on an error, scoring Amanda Almodovar (Goshen, N.Y.) from third to give Mount Saint Mary a 1-0 lead. The Pride would make up the difference and some in the bottom half of the frame, as Drobiak doubled to right center, plating Loda, before Alfieri singled to left, scoring Drobiak to give Springfield College a 2-1 lead after one.
The Pride would add to its lead in the bottom of the second when Loda drove a ball to left, which was caught, but Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) tagged up at third and came home to make it 3-1, before Drobiak drove in Gasdia with a single up the middle to push the Pride's lead to three.
Springfield College would finish off the Blue Knights in the bottom of the sixth, when Drobiak picked up her third RBI of the day, driving in Gasdia once more to seal the win.
Springfield College 10, Wisconsin - River Falls 1 -- Game Two
Gasdia picked up three hits, Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) and Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.) had two RBI apiece, and the Springfield College softball team defeated Wisconsin - River Falls in its final game of Spring Break, 10-1.
Senior pitcher Nicole Cring (Cooperstown, N.Y.) took the circle to start the game, and pitched a solid 6.0 innings, giving up just six hits while striking out one. For the Falcons, Payton Speckel (Buffalo, Minn.) took the loss, as she was chased after 2.2 innings, while Maddie Studnicka (Belle Plain, Minn.) and Carolyn Griswold (Elkhorn, Wis.) finished off the game.
It was another quick start for the Pride in its second game of the day, as Springfield College took an early 2-0 advantage in the top of the first inning when Wheeler drilled one off the left-center fence, scoring Gasdia and Loda.
The maroon and white would double its lead in the second, when Gasdia singled to center, plating Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.), before Loda scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
The Pride would add three more runs in the top of the third, as Ball singled to right with two outs, scoring Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Alfieri, before Loda dropped one in the middle of the infield and beat out the throw, allowing Conley to cross home for her second run of the day, making it 7-0, Pride.
Springfield College would tack on three more in the top of the sixth, as Brianna Weltlich (Russell, Mass.) singled to right, scoring Gasdia, before the junior came around on a single to center from Padroff. Next up, Cox dropped on into right center, allowing Padroff to come in from second to make it 10-0, Pride.
The Falcons were able to get one back in the bottom of the sixth to cut its defecit to nine, but Cring shut them down and got the final out, icing the victory for the Pride.