Springfield, Mass. - April 4, 2019 - A combined two-hit effort from Brendan Kirck (Hamden, Conn.) and John Daley (Huntington, Mass.) allowed the Springfield College baseball program to prevail over Colby-Sawyer, 4-0 in non-conference play on Thursday afternoon at Archie Allen Field.
With the win, the Pride is now 11-9 on the year, while the Chargers drop to 3-15 overall.
Kirck commanded the game from the mound for the Pride as he was able to take a no-hitter into the fifth inning before allowing a one-out sinngle. Kirck would continue his dominance to deliver a quality start with three strikeouts over 6.0 innings of work. The freshman has allowed just two hits over his last 12.0 innings on the mound for the Pride. Daley came on in relief and was able to secure his second save of the year as he threw three scoreless frames allowing one hit and striking out three.
Junior Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) was responsible for getting the Pride on the board as he laced a ball into deep right center, forcing the centerfielder to mishandle the flyball, allowing Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) to come home to score the first run of the game and landing Gleason on third. Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) then ripped a triple to right field to start off the third inning for the Pride before Cooney dug in and pulled a single through the left side to score Russo. Springfield would continue to threaten but the Chargers were able to deliver a pair of strikeouts to end the third and derail the threat.
Springfield was again able to add to the run column when a walk and stolen base from Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) placed him in scoring position for Jack Simonetty (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) to drive him in with a line-drive single over the second baseman, making the score 3-0 in favor of the Pride. The Chargers were able to put two men into scoring position with two outs in the eighth after a single and an error, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity when Daley induced a grounder back to the mound to finish the frame.
The Pride would make one final effort to score when a pair of walks from Conor Santoianni (Stormville, N.Y.) and Sage Bray (Fitchburg, Mass.) brought Joao to the plate. Joao drew his second free pass of the day, bringing up Kyle Godfrey (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.). A wild pitch would plate Santoianni, before Godfrey would lace a ball right at the left fielder to end the inning.
Springfield will return to Archie Allen on Friday, April 5, when the Pride play host to Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at 3:30 p.m.
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