Auburndale, Fla. - March 18, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team picked up a pair of wins over Keuka at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Monday, as the Pride improved to 3-1 on its annual Spring Break trip in Florida. The maroon and white defeated the Wolves 12-11 in game one, before completing the sweep with a 6-4 victory in game two.
The maroon and white is now 3-2 on the year, while Keuka falls to 0-6 overall. Leading Springfield College was graduate student Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), who went a combined 6-for-8 in the doubleheader with five runs scored and four RBI. Joao also hit his second home run of the season in the first game, helping the Pride to a 12-11 win.
Up next, Springfield College will return to the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Tuesday, March 19, and will square off with Ramapo at 10:30 a.m.
Springfield College 12, Keuka 11 -- Game One
Joao went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBI as the Pride defeated Keuka, 12-11, in game one of a two-game doubleheader at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Monday morning. Springfield College also received three hits from both Nick Fazio (Kings Park, N.Y.) and Eduardo Martinez (Southwick, Mass.), while Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.) picked up the win on the mound, going 5.0 innings, striking out four. Freshman relief pitcher Brendan Kirck (Hamden, Conn.) came on to pitch the final inning, and preserved the one-run lead, resulting in his first collegiate save.
The Pride got right to work in the bottom of the first inning as a triple off the bat of Joao scored Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.), before Fazio ripped a single to plate Joao, making it 2-0, Springfield College. The maroon and white produced five runs in the bottom of the second to push its lead to seven, as Cooney drove in Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) to start the rally, before Joao cracked his second home run of the year, a three-run shot to make it 6-0. Later in the inning, Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) singled to bring home Ryan Smith (Millis, Mass.), forcing a 7-0 advantage.
Keuka came back with six runs in the top of the third to make it a one-run game, but the Pride responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame to push its lead back to three. Cooney drove home Martinez with a sacrifice fly, before Fazio doubled to plate Joao, giving the maroon and white a three-run cushion.
With Martinez and Drabinski on the bases, Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) smacked a two-run double to make it 11-7, before in the fifth, Smith reached on a fielder's choice, which allowed Joao to cross home to finish the Pride's scoring in game one.
Keuka rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth, but Kirck came in and shut the door to help Springfield College to victory.
Springfield College 6, Keuka 4 -- Game Two
Facing a one-run deficit in the bottom of the fifth, Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) drove a ball off the scoreboard in left field with a runner on to give Springfield College a one-run lead, and the Pride tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh to complete the sweep of Keuka with a 6-4 win.
Sophomore Dakota Aldrich (Ellington, Conn.) got the nod and pitched 4.2 strong innings, giving up just seven hits and one earned run, while Duncan Satterlee (Albany, N.Y.) came on to pitch the final 1.2 innings to earn his first win of the year. Russo went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the lead-off spot, while Cooney and Joao picked up two hits apiece.
Keuka would get on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Pride would eventually pull even with an RBI single from Russo in the top of the third, and a run from Cooney in the fourth, making it 2-2. Keuka went back up by two in the bottom of the fifth, but once again Springfield College would rally when Rivest singled to center to bring in Joao, cutting the Pride's deficit to one. With Rivest on, Bean hammered a fastball over the left-field fence to give Springfield College a 5-4 lead, before Cooney drove home Russo in the top of the seventh with a single that plated Russo.
From there, Satterlee took control of the game and sealed the two-run win for the Pride.
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