Springfield, Mass. - April 23, 2017 - Playing its final New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader of the regular season, the Springfield College softball team swept Wellesley on Sunday afternoon at Potter Field.
The Pride took the first game, 5-2, before surviving a late rally from the Blue in the second game, holding on for a 5-4 win.
With the wins, Springfield College, which was receiving votes in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Rankings, is now 28-7 on the year with a league record of 13-5. The Blue falls to 17-10 on the year with a record of 11-7 against NEWMAC opponents.
In the circle, junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) picked up two wins on the afternoon to improve to 16-2 on the year, while Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) and Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) were both 5-for-6 at the plate in the sweep.
Next, Springfield College will return to Potter Field on Wednesday, April 26 when it will host Keene State in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Springfield College 5, Wellesley 2 -- Game One
Behind three RBI from junior infielder Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.), and another strong outing from Loda, the Springfield College softball team picked up a crucial 5-2 win over Wellesley in NEWMAC play on Sunday afternoon at Potter Field.
Loda pitched a complete game, giving up just four hits while striking out seven to improve to 15-2 on the year, while Wellesley starter Julia Warner (Kenmore, Wash.) was tagged for five runs on nine hits, as the junior also struck out five Springfield College batters.
Wellelsey struck first in the top of the first inning when Ashtyn Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) doubled to center field, plating Amanda Manning (Chico, Calif.) to give the Blue a one-run advantage. The Pride pulled even in the bottom of the second when Conley reached on a single, stole second and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.), before the freshman scored on a great push bunt from Padroff to make it 1-1, after two innings.
After Wellesley scored again in the top of the third on a double to left off the bat of Ashtyn Coleman, which scored Manning, Springfield College evened the score once again when Gasdia tripled to lead off the inning, before scoring on a sacrifice fly from Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.).
Springfield College took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Conley led the frame off with a double to left center, before Cox moved her to third on another sacrifice bunt. Next up, Padroff roped a ball to left, which was caught, but Conley came home for the Pride's third run of the game.
The Pride doubled its lead in the bottom of the fifth when Gasdia scored on another sacrifice fly from Wheeler to make it 4-2, Springfield College. From there, the Pride picked up an insurance run when Padroff roped a single up the middle to plate Conley again, before Loda came on in the top of the seventh and retired the side to earn the victory.
Springfield College 5, Wellesley 4 -- Game Two
As she did in game one, Padroff led the Pride with a game-high two RBI, while Conley, Gasdia, Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) and Jen Slane (Tolland, Conn.) all recorded two hits apiece in the victory for the Pride.
Loda took the circle in game two and held the Blue to four runs while striking out one to earn her 16th win of the season.
After Wellesley picked up a run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead, the Pride answered with five of its own in the bottom half of the frame to take a 5-1 lead over the Blue. The rally started when Wheeler laced one up the middle, scoring Gasdia, before Slane cracked a two-run doubled over the centerfielder's head to make it 3-1, Springfield College. Next up, Conley singled up the middle to score Wheeler, before Padroff roped a double down the left-field line, scoring Cox from first base.
Wellesley would cut its deficit to three in the top of the third inning on an RBI single from Kendra Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), which scored Manning to make it 5-2, Pride.
After three innings of scoreless play, Wellesley started a rally in the top of the seventh, as Anna Pisac (Snohomish, Wash.) singled to left, scoring Manning, before Kendall Smith (Turlock, Calif.) plated Ashtyn Coleman with a dribbler back to the circle to make it 5-4, Springfield College.