Northborough, Mass. - April 21, 2018 - The Springfield College baseball used a pair of victories to complete a three-game sweep of WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex. The Pride won the first game, 9-4, before edging the Engineers, 9-8, in game two.
With the win, the Pride is now 21-11-2 and 10-6 in conference play, while WPI falls to 11-22 with a 3-14 mark against league opponents. Highlighting the doubleheader was sophomore outfielder Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.), who scored three runs in the two games, pushing his season total to 43, and breaking the Springfield College baseball program's single-season record for runs scored. The previous record was 41, set by Tony Vitiello in 1994.
This also marks the third time in the last 13 years that the Pride has won 20 or more games, as Springfield College earned 21 victories in 2014 and 20 wins in 2012. Before that, Springfield College had won 20 games in 2005.
Springfield College will return to action on Tuesday, April 24 when the Pride hosts Elms in non-conference action at 3:30 p.m.
Springfield College 9, WPI 4 -- Game One
Junior pitcher Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) improved to 3-1 on the year as he pitched 5.0 innings, giving up just three hits and striking out 10, while Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) picked up his third save as the Pride defeated WPI, 9-4, in the first of two games at the New England Baseball Complex on Saturday.
Shade was impressive at the plate in the game, going 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, while also recording his fourth home run of the season. Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.) also went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) had a pair of hits as well.
Shade got the Pride on the board in the top of the third inning with a two-run home run to left center, before Josh Herlands (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored on a wild pitch to cut the Pride's lead in half heading to the fourth. Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) drilled a three-run home run in the top of the fifth to make it 5-1, Springfield College, before the Pride tacked on two more in the top of the sixth on RBI from Shade and Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) to push its lead to six.
WPI got two back in the bottom half of the frame, but Bleakley cracked his first-career home run, a two-run shot to make it 9-3 in the top of the eighth inning. WPI would add one in the bottom of the ninth, but Donovan was able to shut the door and seal the win.
Springfield College 9, WPI 8 -- Game Two
Sophomore pitcher Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) improved to 5-2 overall as he pitched 6.0 innings, giving up 11 hits and four earned runs while fanning six Engineers' batters. Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) came on in relief and pitched 1.0 innings, before John Daley (Huntington, Mass.) and Weinberger finished things off, with Weinberger picking up his second save of the series.
WPI scored first when Tyrone Patterson (Upper Marlboro, Mass.) roped a two-run double down the left-field line, before Bleakley cut the Pride's deficit in half with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Joao from third. The Pride rallied for three in the top of the fifth, including RBI from Shade, Joao and Bleakley to make it 4-2, Springfield College, before WPI answered with four in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead.
The maroon and white got things going in the top of the seventh when Gleason scored Cooney, before Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) singled through the left side, scoring Joao to make it 6-6. Wells then singled to left, plating Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) to give Springfield College a 7-6 advantage, before the Pride added two more on an error to make it 9-6.
WPI would get one in the bottom of the eight, but Weinberger came in an picked up three strikeouts to finish off the series.