Springfield, Mass. - April 6, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader against Wheaton College at Potter Field on Saturday afternoon. The Pride defeated Wheaton, 14-2, in game one, but fell to the Lyons, 10-0, in the second of two games.
With the split, the Pride is now 11-11 on the year and 4-4 in conference play, while the Lyons are now 16-10 overall with a 4-6 record against league foes.
Springfield College will now travel to Wellesley on Wednesday, April 10 for a doubleheader with the Blue beginning at 3 p.m.
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Springfield College 14, Wheaton 2 (Final - 5 innings) -- Game One
Senior Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) led the way for the Pride in the first game as she drove home five and took the ball in the circle, throwing a complete game while striking out six in her fifth win of the season. The senior was able to avoid some early hits when she punched out out a pair in the top of the first to bring the Pride to the plate in the bottom of the frame.
Following a walk and a single from Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.), Allen sent a ball deep to left field that would clear the wall and plate the first three runs of the game for the Pride. Wheaton would inch back into the contest in the top of the second when Emily Schlapak (Dover, N.H.) poked a ball over the fence in right field, followed by a walk and a pair of singles which scored a second run for the Lyons. With the bases loaded and two outs, Allen was able to induce an infield pop-up to end the rally and preserve the Pride's lead at 3-2.
Springfield would bat around the lineup to score again in the top bottom of the second when a bunt single from Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) and an overthrow on a stolen base would plate Sara Mulligan (Cheshire, Conn.), giving the Pride an insurance run, making it 4-2 at the end of the frame.
The folowing inning, Allen would lace a double to left field to place runners on second and third with no outs, setting up Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.), who would hit a hard ground ball that Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) would beat the throw on to score another run. Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) then drove a double to the wall in left center to plate another and place two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Springfield would continue to pour it on as Mulligan singled up the middle to score one more, before Sastram poked a double down the right-field line to bring up the top of the lineup. Junior Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) then stepped up and pulled a ball through the left side to drive in two more, balooning the Pride's cushion to 10-2. Springfield would not stop there as Allen would drive home two more to bring the Pride's lead to 10 after three full frames.
The Pride picked up right where it left off in the fourth as a walk and two singles plated a run and a base hit up the middle from Abbi Conley (Plymouth, Mass.) would load the bases for Vargas with one out. Vargas then hit a deep fly ball to left, allowing the Pride to plate one more making the score 14-2 after four. Allen went on to strike out the side in the top of the fifth and close out the game with a mercy-rule finish 14-2 in favor of the Pride.
Wheaton 10, Springfield College 0 (Final - 5 innings) -- Game Two
Freshman pitcher Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) started game two in the circle for Springfield and left the game with just 2.2 innings pitched after surrendering seven runs. From there, Valenti would come on in relief of Kane and work through the final 2.1 frames, giving up two hits while fanning three.
Kane was able to by-pass a pair of baserunners in the first frame as she induced a pop-up back to the circle and struck out a batter to end the inning unscathed.
Wheaton was able to load the bases in the following inning and score a pair on a single up the middle, giving the Lyons an early lead over the Pride, before another bases-loaded single for the Lyons scored two more and left the Pride down 4-0 after the top of the second. Walks and hits would again prove to be the issue for the Pride as it gave up a trio of runs, before Kane was relieved by Valenti, who would strike out a batter and end the frame with a score of 7-0 Wheaton.
A couple walks and a hard-hit grounder helped the Lyons to load the bases and a deep fly ball to right field plated an eighth run for Wheaton. Another liner up the middle scored a pair for Wheaton and put the Pride down 10 runs after four and a half. Gabrielle Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.) roped a single to center to start the inning for Springfield and Alexyss Conley would notch a base-hit, but the Pride was unable to push any runs across the plate in the bottom of the fifth, finishing the game and split the doubleheader.