Springfield, Mass. - April 13, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team fell to nationally-ranked MIT twice in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Potter Field on Saturday afternoon. The Pride dropped game one, 1-0, before falling in the second of two games, 2-0.
MIT, which entered the game ranked No. 13 in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Poll, improved to 18-5 overall and 12-1 in league play, while the Pride, which entered the day winning six of its last seven outings, falls to 15-13 overall with a 8-6 mark against league opponents.
Springfield College is back in action on Wednesday, April 17 in a non-conference doubleheader with local-foe Westfield State beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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No. 13 MIT 1, Springfield College 0 -- Game One
It was a pitchers duel through the first four innings as Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) held MIT hitless while striking out five. However, to lead off the fifth, MIT's Sarah Von Ahn blistered a ball over the right center field fence to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. The Engineers followed up with a pair of singles, but Allen would settle in to get out of the frame.
Springfield threatened in the bottom half of the fifth, as Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) crushed a double to center field to lead off the inning. However, despite moving over to third on a sacrifice bunt from Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.), she was stranded as the Pride's rally was cut short.
The Pride made one final push in the bottom of the seventh when Salvietti again powered a double to right center with two outs. MIT was able to induce a game-ending ground out to escape with the one-run victory.
Allen took the loss, despite a strong effort in the circle as she scattered five hits while striking out eight.
No. 13 MIT 2, Springfield College 0 -- Game Two
MIT did all of its damage in the top of the sixth inning, as two runs proved to be enough for the Engineers to complete the sweep of Springfield College. Freshman Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) pitched a complete game, giving up five hits while striking out three.
aAfter falling behind 2-0, Springfield College began to rally in the bottom of the frame when Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) started the inning with a triple, but a pair of strikouts and a groundout defused the Pride's rally. In the bottom of the seventh, the Pride had a pair of hits, but MIT eventually sealed the win, forcing a pop out to second base.