Springfield, Mass. - April 3, 2019 - Behind another walk-off victory in game one, the Springfield college softball team split a pair of non-conference games against Amherst College at Potter Field on Wednesday afternoon. Tied at three apiece heading into extra innings, the Pride scored in the bottom of the eighth to win the first, but the Mammoths prevailed over the Pride, 2-0, in game two to salvage the split.
With the split, the maroon and white is now 9-9 overall, while Amherst settles at 13-4 on the year.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to New London, Conn. for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with Coast Guard on Friday, April 5, beginning at 3 p.m.
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Springfield College 4 , Amherst 3 -- Game One
Tied at three runs apiece after the end of the seventh inning, Springfield College and Amherst went to extras, and in the bottom of the eighth, Gabrielle Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.) squeaked a base hit past the pitcher, allowing Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) to score and lift the Pride to a 4-3 game-one victory over the Mammoths at Potter Field on Wednesday.
Freshman Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) earned her fourth win of the season as she pitched 8.0 innings, giving up just five hits while striking out one. For the Mammoths, Lorena Ukanwa (Morgan Hill, Calif.) took the loss as she hurled 3.1 frames, giving up two hits and the lone run while striking out four.
Alfieri and Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) led the Pride offensively with two hits apiece, while the duo each registered one RBI as well. Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) also had an RBI for the Pride, going 1-for-4 at the plate.
The Mammoths were able to get on the board early when they plated a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, but Springfield was able to bounce back when Alfieri ripped a liner to right-center field which landed her on second base, before Kane and Valenti both singled with two outs to bring home Alfieri.
Springfield was able to produce another run-scoring rally when Conley laid down a bunt single to start the inning, before Vargas drove in Conley on a single to right. Sophomore infielder Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) got the ball into play to score another run for Springfield College and push them ahead of Amherst, 3-2.
The fifth inning allowed the Mammoths to even the game back up at three, as a double down the right field line from Kate Kopatic (Houston, Texas.) helped Amherst even the game at three. Both teams were kept quiet in the sixth inning and Kane was able to silence the bats for the Mammoths in the seventh, bringing the Pride to the plate with a chance to walk off in the seventh. With a full count and two outs in the seventh, Amherst's leftfielder was able to lay out and make a diving catch to send the game into extras.
Springfield College was able to land runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the eighth and Alfieri stepping in. The junior was able to squeak a single past the pitcher, plating the winning run and finalizing a 4-3 victory for the Pride.
Amherst 2, Springfield College 0 -- Game Two
Senior pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs as the Pride's offense was only able to produce a pair of hits in a 2-0 loss to the Mammoths in game two on Wednesday.
After three scoreless innings of play, Amherst scored on an error in left field to make it 1-0, before Kyra Naftel (Santa Clarita, Calif.) singled up the middle to score Julia Turner (Kirkland, Wash.), giving the Mammoths a 2-0 lead.
After five innings, the game was called, as the Mammoths were able to finish off the Pride with three outs in the bottom of the fifth.