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Softball Powers Past Smith For Sweep in NEWMAC Finale

Softball Powers Past Smith For Sweep in NEWMAC Finale

Springfield, Mass. - April 21, 2018 - The Springfield College softball team swept a doubleheader sweep of Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Friday afternoon at Potter Field.  The Pride picked up its first win of the day, 8-0, in just five innings before turning in a 9-1 victory in five innings in the second contest.

With the wins, the Pride is now 24-10 overall with a 10-8 mark in league play, while the Pioneers are now 5-26 on the year with a 2-16 record against conference opponents.

Springfield College is set to travel down the road to play Western New England University in a non conference double header on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. 

Springfield College 8, Smith 0 (5 innings) -- Game One 

Senior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) picked up her 12th win of the season as she pitched 5.0 innings, giving up just three hits to secure the victory.

Offensively, Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) was 3-for-3 with four RBI including a home run to centerfield, while Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) and Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) chipped in two hits each to help the Pride.  Additionally, Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) finished with a hit and three runs scored in the win.

Springfield College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Wheeler lined a double to right center field, driving in Gasdia and Vargas for the first two runs of the afternoon. The Pride added three more in the bottom of the second inning as Vargas launched a two-run homer to centerfield, before Conely roped a run-scoring double down the left field line to give the Pride a 5-0 cushion after two innings.

Springfield didn't let up as they put two more runs up in the bottom of the third after Vargas ripped a double to plate Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) and Gasdia.  The final run of the game came on a sacrifice fly to deep right field by Drobiak, which scored Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) and gave the Pride the 8-0 triumph. 

Springfield College 9, Smith 1 (5 innings) -- Game Two 

Junior pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) was credited with the win in the second game as she held the Pioneers to just four hits and one run over 3.0 innings, while Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) held Smith to just two hits over the final two innings to shut the door on the Pride's sweep.

Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) shined in the win going 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI leading the Pride to a 9-1 game two victory.

Smith got on the board in the first inning as they took advantage of a lead off double and a pair of walks before a single through the left side gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage.  The Pride quickly answered back with four runs in the bottom half of the frame, a burst that was started by a sacrifice fly from Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) which scored Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.). Later in the inning, Allen would help herself out with a RBI single followed by a two-run triple from Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) to put Springfield up 4-1 after one. The Pride pushed three more runs across the board in the second, highlighted by run scoring hits from Vargas and Conley which put the Pride up 7-1 after two full innings. 

Conley and Vargas again drove in runs in the fourth inning, with Conley crushing a run-scoring double for the game's final run.