Springfield, Mass. - March 24, 2018 - The Springfield College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride played its first games of the 2018 season on Potter Field. The Pride defeated Eastern Connecticut, 4-0, in game one, before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Warriors in game two.
Senior Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) was a force for the Pride on Saturday as she pitched a complete-game shutout in game one while also driving in a pair of runs, before coming back in game two and registering two hits in three at bats and scoring two runs.
Springfield College will return to action on Tuesday, March 27 when the Pride hosts Western Connecticut at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. back on Potter Field.
Springfield College 4, Eastern Connecticut 0 --- Game One
Loda finished the game with seven strikeouts while only allowing six hits en route to her fifth win of the 2018 season, a 4-0 result against Eastern Connecticut at Potter Field on Saturday afternoon. Loda and Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) both finished with two hits apiece.
Springfield College picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a defensive miscue from the Warriors which allowed Drobiak to cross home, before Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) drove in Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) to make it 2-0 after the first.
The Pride added a run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Loda to score Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.), before tacking on an insurance run when Loda scored Ball again in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double.
Eastern Connecticut 3, Springfield College 2 -- Game Two
Springfield College scored early but Eastern Connecticut was able to come from behind to outlast the Pride, 3-2, in the second of two games on Saturday. Allen pitched a complete game and gave up eight hits, three earned runs but struck out five as she suffered her first loss of the season.
Drobiak grounded out to second in the bottom of the first, but Loda was able to cross home to give the Pride an early 1-0 advantage, but Eastern Connecticut would respond with two in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead.
After adding a third run in the top of the sixth, Springfield rallied for a run in the bottom half of the frame when Wheeler drove in Loda to make it 3-2, but the Pride was unable to overcome the one-run deficit in the seventh, dropping its second game of the season.