New London, Conn. - April 5, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team used an offensive explosion, which included five home runs, to split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
The Pride is now 10-10 on the year, with a 3-3 record in NEWMAC play, while the Bears improve to 13-11 overall with a 5-3 mark against league opponents.
Junior Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) poked a pair of home runs in the first of two games, in which the Pride fell 10-6, before Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.), Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) and Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) all went yard in a 10-3 victory in game two.
Springfield College will next return to Potter Field on Saturday, April 5 when it hosts Wheaton at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
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Coast Guard 10, Springfield College 6 -- Game One
Despite a pair of home runs from Conley, including the first of her career, the Springfield College softbball team fell to Coast Guard, 10-6, in the first of two games on Friday afternoon in New London.
Junior Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) pitched the bulk of the contest, throwing 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs, while Taylor Mancinone (Watertown, Conn.) came on to pitch the final frame. Offensively, Conley went 2-for-5 with three RBI, while Wheeler was 3-for-4 at the plate. Allen also came into the game as a pinch hitter and went 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
Coast Guard got right to work as the Bears plated five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 5-0 lead over the Pride. Springfield College got one back in the top of the second when Gabrielle Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.) scored on a defensive mishap from Coast Guard, but the Bears would add one more in the bottom of the second and two in the bottom of the third to make it 8-1, after three.
Springfield College cut its deficit down to six in the top of the fourth as Conley cracked her first-career home run to make it 8-2, before the junior went yard again in the top of the sixth, this time with a runner on, to make it 9-4, Coast Guard. Later in the top of the sixth, Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) picked up an infield single, as Natalie Stoner (Wynantskill, N.Y.) and Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) both scored to make it a three-run game.
From there, Coast Guard was able to add one more in the bottom of the sixth to seal the 10-6 win.
Springfield College 10, Coast Guard 3 -- Game Two
Springfield College blew open an 8-1 lead with seven runs in the top of the fifth inning and never looked back as the Pride salvaged a split with Coast Guard on Friday afternoon.
Allen got the nod in game two and pitched 7.0 innings, holding the Bears to no earned runs while fanning six batters. With the win, Allen improved to 4-4 on the year.
Vargas opened the game with a solo shot to give the Pride a 1-0 lead, a margin that would sit until the top of the fifth inning, when Allen sparked the seven-run rally with a solo home run of her own, before Conley drove in Salvietti with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0, maroon and white. From there, Springfield College continued to pour it on as Fernandez drove in a pair with a double, before scoring on an RBI single off the bat of Vargas, all before Wheeler hit her third home run of the week, a two-run shot to make it 8-1.
The Bears would rally for two in the bottom of the frame to cut its deficit to five, but the Pride would answer as Wheeler drove in Mancinone with a double, before scoring on a defensive error from the Bears to make it 10-3.
From there, Allen would lock in and seal the victory for the Pride.