Kissimmee, Fla. - March 15, 2018 - The Springfield College softball team defeated Wooster, 5-4, before falling to William Paterson, 9-1, in six innings on Thursday at the Fortune Road Sports Complex. With the split, the Pride is now 7-1 on the year.
In the two games, senior infielder Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) picked up a pair of home runs to push her season total to four, as she also notched three RBI, pushing her career total to 100. Drobiak is now the 10th student-athlete in the history of Springfield College softball to eclipse the 100-career RBI plateau. Named to the NFCA Division III Softball National Player of the Year Watch List prior to the 2018 season, Drobiak registered 50 RBI in 2017, breaking the program record for RBI in a regular season, which was previously held by Jenna Webb '16, who posted 47 RBI as a freshman in 2013.
Springfield College will wrap up its Spring Break trip on Friday, March 16 as the Pride takes on Beloit at 9 a.m. before competing against Wisconsin-Lutheran at 11:15 a.m.
Springfield College 5, Wooster 4
Springfield College picked up a run in the bottom of the first inning, before earning four more runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to cruise past Wooster, 5-4, and tallying its seventh-consecutive win to begin the season.
In the win, Drobiak was 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBI, while Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Junior pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) earned her fourth win of the season as she pitched 6.2 innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned while also striking out on. Senior Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) came on to pick up the final out, registering her first-career save in maroon and white.
Sophomore Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) reached on an error in the bottom of the first, allowing Gasdia to cross home, before in the bottom of the fifth, Drobiak drilled a two-run home run to center field to push the Pride's lead to three.
After Wooster got on the board in the top of the sixth, the Pride answered in the bottom half of the frame as Gabby Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.) had a pinch-hit RBI single, plating Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.), before Gasdia reached on a fielder's choice, which resulted in Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.) coming home to make it 5-1, Pride after six.
From there, Wooster would rally for three runs off of Allen in the top of the seventh, but Loda was able to strike out the final batter of the game, sealing the one-run win.
William Paterson 9, Springfield College 1
Drobiak went right to work in the top of the first inning as she drove a solo shot to right-center to give the Pride an early 1-0 lead, but William Paterson would respond with a run in the bottom of the second to force a 1-1 tie, which was carried into the fourth inning, where the Pioneers rallied for four runs to take a 5-1 lead.
After adding two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-1, Adelle Hickman (Jackson, N.J.) jacked a two-run home run to end the game, 9-1.
Loda suffered her first setback of the season as the senior pitched 5.1 innings, giving up eight runs, seven of which were earned, while also striking out a pair. Gasdia and Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) both went 2-for-3 at the plate, as Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.), Drobiak and Loda also got hits in the loss.