Springfield, Mass. - April 24, 2018 - The Springfield College baseball team continued its winning ways on Wednesday afternoon, as the Pride cruised past Elms, 8-1, for its fourth win in a row in non-conference play on Archie Allen Field. The victory boosts the Pride's record to 22-11-2 while the Blazers drop to 11-21 on the season.
A stellar start from senior Joe Gamache (Lebanon, Conn.) earned him his first win of the season as he went 6.0 strong innings allowing just one run and striking out four to secure the Pride's 22nd win of the season. This win marks the first time since 2001 that the Springfield College baseball team has eclipsed the 22-win mark in regular season play.
At the plate, freshman Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) led the charge with three hits to go along with four RBI, while Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) scored a game-high three runs and stole four bases to push his season total to 29. Four other Springfield College players also recorded an RBI en route to the victory.
The Pride got off to a hot start as they scored seven of their eight runs in the first three innings of the game. In the bottom of the first inning the Pride would push four runs across the plate, started by Shade, who roped a triple to right-center field on the second pitch of the contest. From there, three singles and a walk helped the Pride jump out to an early 4-0 lead.
The next inning, the Pride would add one more when Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) singled to plate Shade and extend the Pride's lead to five. Springfield continued to pile on the runs as Cooney laced a single up the middle in the bottom of the third to score Shade and Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.). Shade would again score on a single from Cooney in the bottom of the fifth for the Pride's eigth and final run to make the score 8-1.
Junior Jordan Elkary (North Easton, Mass.) and sophomore Zach Kerr (Niskayuna, N.Y.) came on after Gamache and threw a combined three innings of spectacular baseball holding the Blazers to just two baserunners.
Springfield College will host now host Amherst College on Thursday, April 26, on Archie Allen Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.