Springfield, Mass. - April 26, 2017 - Back-to-back outstanding pitching efforts from Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) and Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) helped the Springfield College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Keene State in the Pride's regular-season finale at Potter Field on Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, Springfield College is now 30-7 on the season, while Keene State drops to 14-16 overall. The Pride's 30 wins in 2017 marks the most since the 2003 season when Springfield College went 33-12 overall. It also marks just the fifth time in the history of the softball program at Springfield College that the Pride has eclipsed the 30-win plateau.
Up next, the Pride will compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed, and will host the winner of No. 3 Wheaton and No. 6 Wellesley on Friday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m.
Springfield College 8, Keene State 0 -- Game One
Led by another impressive pitching performance from Loda, Springfield College opened Wednesday's doubleheader with Keene State with an 8-0 win in five innings at Potter Field.
Loda pitched 5.0 strong innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four and holding the Owls scoreless. With the win, Loda improves to 17-2 on the year, and matches Jennifer Joseph's win total from the 2013 season.
For Keene State, Summer Cavanaugh (Palmer, Mass.) got the nod and pitched 3.0 frames, giving up six hits and five runs to take the loss.
Springfield College broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the second inning when Loda laced a ball through the left side, scoring Jen Slane (Tolland, Conn.) and Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.). Slane started the rally when she got hit by a pitch, before Padroff walked to put two runners on. After the duo got bumped over a base on a bunt single from Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.), Loda stepped up and picked up two RBI to give the Pride a 2-0 edge.
The Pride pushed its lead to five in the bottom of the third when Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), before Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) came home on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Ball singled to right, plating Conley to complete the run.
Finishing off the Owls, Springfield College tacked on three more in the bottom of the fourth, including RBI singles from Conley and Danielle Agostinello (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) to make it 8-0. Loda took the circle in the top of the fifth and retired the side to clinch her 17th win of the year.
Springfield College 11, Keene State 0 -- Game Two
Allen pitched a solid 4.0 innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out four to pick up her eighth win of the season, helping the Pride to a doubleheader sweep of Keene State at Potter Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Much like it did in the first, Springfield College jumped out to an early 2-0 start in game two, as Wheeler drove in Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) with her sixth sacrifice fly of the season, before Drobiak crossed home on a wild pitch.
The Pride broke the game open in the bottom of the second, as it pushed its lead to 10 on five hits. The maroon and white started the rally with Allen scoring on an error at third, before Slane forced a walk with the bases loaded, scoring Gasdia, to make it 4-0. Next up, Conley singled up the middle, scoring Wheeler and Drobiak to push Springfield College's lead to six, before a two-run double off the bat of Padroff made it 8-0. In her second at bat of the frame, Allen cracked a two-run double over the head of the centerfielder to make it 10-0, before St. Germain came on for the Owls and ended the run with back-to-back strikeouts.
Sophomore Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.) pushed the Pride's lead to 11 on an RBI single that scored Wheeler in the bottom of the third, before Allen and Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) kept the Keene State bats contained, sealing the victory for Springfield College.