Springfield, Mass. - March 6, 2018 - Playing its third game in as many days, the Springfield College baseball team tied Westfield State, 9-9, in an eight-inning game on Archie Allen Field after it was called due to darkness.
Springfield now stands at 1-1-1 on the season, while the Owls at 1-2-1.
For the Pride, Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.), Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), and Alex Denoyelle (Woonsocket, R.I.) each had a pair of hits, with Denoyelle producing three RBI and Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) crossing the plate twice. Joe Gamache (Lebanon, Conn.) got the starting nod for the Pride and went 4.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on three hits while striking out three and walking three.
Westfield State had seven different student-athletes toe the mound on the day, including starter Brian Hollister who lasted three innings after scattering four hits which resulted in five earned runs. Anthony Crowley went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored, while teammate John Lippincott had a 2-for-4 day, also scoring twice and driving in a pair.
After the Owls opened the game with a run in the first thanks to a run-scoring triple by Crowley, Springfield answered in the third as groundout by Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) allowed Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) to score from third. Crowley ripped another triple to lead off the fourth and would score on a groundout to give the visitors a 2-1 edge, only to have the Pride erupt for four runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Denoyelle's two-run double, which came with the bases loaded. The Pride's Logan Barrett (Petersham, Mass.) would later score on balk, and a Cooney sacrifice fly platted Denoylle to make it a 5-2 contest after four innings of play.
Westfield State mounted a two-out rally in the fifth, drawing consecutive walks before three-straight singles and a double steal resulted in four runs for the visitors to regain a 6-4 lead. Springfeld responded back in the bottom of the seventh, a four-run frame that was jumpstarted by a one-out triple by Shade. Both Russo and Joao would drive in runs before Joao scored on a wild pitch and Denoylle cracked a single up the middle which allowed Gleason to score as the hosts opened up a 9-6 advantage.
However, the visitors took advantage of pair of Springfield fielding miscues in the top of the eighth en route to three runs to knot the contest at nine-all. The Pride went down in order in the bottom half before the umpires called the game due to darkness.
Springfield will now prepare for its annual Spring Break trip as it heads to Florida where it will play nine games, beginning on Sunday, March 11 and a doubleheader with UMass Dartmouth.