Softball Breaks Into NFCA National Top 20; Named HERO Sports Team of the Month

Softball Breaks Into NFCA National Top 20; Named HERO Sports Team of the Month

Springfield, Mass. - April 5, 2017 - Announced on Wednesday morning, the Springfield College softball team broke into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 20 in the Division III National Rankings this past week.

The Pride, which is off to a 16-2 start, returns to the national scene for the first time since the 2001 season, as this is the first year since then that a Springfield College softball team appeared in the national rankings. Additionally, after posting a 13-1 record in the month of March, the Springfield College softball team was recognized as the HERO Sports Division III Softball Team of the Month.

Traveling to Florida for its annual Spring Break trip, the Pride played 10 games in the Sunshine State, and came home with a record of 9-1, its best Spring Break trip finish since 1996. Winning its last four games of the trip, and seven since returning back to New England, the Pride has already enjoyed an 11-game win streak this season. This win streak marked the longest the program has seen since 2003 when Springfield College won 12-straight contests in eight days.

This season, the Pride has been led by the dynamic play of junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.), as she currently leads the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in both wins (9) and earned-run average (0.59). At the plate, Loda also bats .418 in the lead off spot, totaling 14 RBI on 28 hits and three stolen bases.

Also leading Springfield College has been the strong offense from junior infielder Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), who leads the NEWMAC in RBI with 29, as she has posted a batting average of .460 on 29 hits, including nine doubles and three home runs.

Springfield College will resume action when it travels to Smith College on Friday, April 7 for a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.