Worcester, Mass. - May 1, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team scored first but eventually fell to Emerson, 3-2, in the first game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament, hosted at top-seeded WPI's Rooftop Field on Wednesday afternoon.
With the loss, Springfield College, which earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament, falls to 22-15 overall, while Emerson, which was the No. 5 seed coming into Wednesday's contest, improves to 20-18 overall.
Springfield College will now return to WPI on Friday, May 3 and will face Babson at 12 p.m., facing elimination.
Senior Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) got the start for Springfield College and pitched 7.0 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs while fanning seven batters, while her counterpart, Neeely Eddleston (West Wareham, Mass.) earned her 13th win of the year after pitching 4.0 frames, before Karagan Knowles (Tuscon, Ariz.) came on for the final 3.0 innings to earn the save.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) led off the game with a double down the left-field line, before Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) roped a single to plate the junior from second, giving the Pride a one-run lead.
Emerson evened the score in the bottom of the fourth inning as Lindsey Lowe (Porter Ranch, Calif.) came home on a bases-loaded walk, drawn by Morgan Mitchell (Riverton, Utah), before taking a 3-1 lead with a two-run single off the bat of Mary Kuczkowski (Litchfield, N.H.) in the bottom of the fifth.
Facing two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Conley and Sastram both drew walks, before Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) plated Conley with a single to center, but Allen grounded out to short to cut the rally short, with the Pride falling 3-2.
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