Kissimmee, Fla. - March 18, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team split a pair of games at the Osceola County Softball Complex on Monday morning, as the Pride suffered a 1-0 loss to Wooster, before rebounding with a 6-3 victory over McDaniel.
With the split, the maroon and white is now 3-1 on the year, while Wooster improved to 7-4 and McDaniel fell to 5-3 overall.
Springfield College will resume play on Tuesday, March 19, when it will play Rowan at 9:45 a.m. before taking on Mount St. Mary at 2 p.m.
Wooster 1, Springfield College 0 -- Game One
Springfield College was limited to just one hit across seven innings, as the Pride dropped its first game of the 2019 season, 1-0 to Wooster at the Osceola Softball Complex on Monday morning.
Freshman pitcher Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) got the nod in game one, as she pitched a complete game and held the Fighting Scots to just seven hits and one earned run. Wooster starter, Olivia Johnson (Thornville, Ohio) pitched a gem, going the distance and holding the Pride to just one hit while fanning four.
The contest was scoreless through the first four innings until Wooster finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth when Grace Randall (Akron, Ohio) singled with two outs to plate Emmalee Cooke (Wakeman, Ohio) and Kendall Lloyd (Apple Creek, Ohio), who had previously reached base on back-to-back singles. Randall's RBI base hit gave the Fighting Scots a 1-0 lead, and from there, Johnson locked in, picking up three of her four strikeouts in the final two frames.
Springfield College 6, McDaniel 4 -- Game Two
Kane and Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) had two RBI apiece as the Pride defeated McDaniel, 6-4, to improve to 3-1 on the year. Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) got the nod and pitched 5.0 innings, holding the Green Terror to five hits while striking out a pair. Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) came on in relief to finish the game, as she held McDaniel to just one hit in two innings.
Junior Jen Slane (Tolland, Conn.) also went 3-for-3, while Sastram was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, including her first-career home run which was an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
McDaniel struck first, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning, but the Pride responded in the bottom of the frame when Kane singled to right to score Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) and Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.), before Sastram came home on a ground out from Natalie Stoner (Wynantskill, N.Y.), evening the score at three apiece.
Slane kicked off the rally in the bottom of the fifth when she doubled to right, plating Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.), before Sastram brought home Slane with the inside-the-park home run.
McDaniel tacked on a run in the top of the sixth, but Valenti was able to defuse the rally, sealing the two-run win for the Pride.
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