Cambridge, Mass. - April 14, 2018 - The Springfield College softball team dropped a pair of decisions to MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Briggs Field on Saturday afternoon. The Pride fell to the Engineers, 6-3, in game one, before suffering a 5-1 setback in game two.
With the losses, the Pride is now 18-8 overall and 6-6 in NEWMAC play, while the Engineers are now 21-4-1 on the year with a 13-1 mark against league opponents.
Next up, the Pride will return home to Potter Field on Tuesday, April 17 when Springfield College hosts Wellesley in league play. The doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m.
MIT 6, Springfield College 3 -- Game One
Senior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) pitched 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run, while also striking out three, but suffered her fourth loss of the season in Pride's first of two games against MIT on Saturday afternoon. Loda was relieved by Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.), who came on for the final four outs. Offensively, the Pride was only able to muster six hits, three of which came off the bat of Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.).
Loda began the game with a lead-off walk, before Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Next up, Drobiak laced a single to center to score Loda, giving the Pride an early 1-0 lead.
MIT struck in the bottom of the third, as two runs crossed on an error from the Pride, before the Engineers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-1 advantage. The Pride were able to get two back in the top of the seventh, but MIT was able to fend off the rally to seal the 6-3 win.
MIT 5, Springfield College 1 -- Game Two
MIT jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and held on to defeat the Pride, 5-1, in the second of two games at Briggs Field on Saturday, completing the sweep of the Pride. Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) suffered her fourth loss of the season as well, as the junior allowed 10 hits and four earned runs in 5.0 innings, while Valenti came on for the final frame, in which she made it through unscathed.
Springfield College was limited to three hits in the second game, as it was also hampered by a pair of errors.
After Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first, the Engineers would go on to score three more on back-to-back triples and an RBI single from Michelle Wist (Cypress, Texas) to take an early 4-0 lead over the Pride. Joseph would triple in the bottom of the fifth to push the Engineers' lead to five, before an RBI double from Drobiak scored Gasdia in the top of the sixth, making it 5-1.
The Pride was unable to get anything going in the top of the seventh, as MIT shut the door and completed the sweep.