Wellesley, Mass. - April 10, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team swept Wellesley in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon, marking its first sweep of a conference team in the 2019 season.
With the wins, the Pride is now 13-11 overall and 6-4 in league play, while the Blue falls to 7-11-1 overall with a 3-6 mark against NEWMAC opponents.
The Pride came from behind and defeated Wellesley, 8-7, in a 10-inning first game, before coming back and picking up four runs in the third inning, which held for a 5-3 win over the Blue in game two.
Springfield College will continue NEWMAC play on Friday, April 12 when it heads to Clark for a doubleheader with the Cougars beginning at 3 p.m.
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Springfield College 8, Wellesley 7 (10 innings) -- Game One
It took 10 innings, but the Pride eventually was able to hold Wellesley scoreless in the bottom of the 10th inning, resulting in an 8-7 win over the Blue in game one on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) went 4-for-5 with two RBI at the plate, as Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) also had three hits for the maroon and white, while scoring and driving in one run.
In the circle, Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) got the nod and ptiched 5.0 innings, giving up four earned runs while also striking out four, before Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) came on and pitched the final 5.0 frames en route to her third win of the season.
Springfield College loaded the bases with Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.), Vargas and Allen, before Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) singled to center field, scoring Fernandez, before Vargas was plated on an RBI single from Salvietti to make it 2-0, Pride, in the top of the first inning. The Blue would respond with two of their own in the bottom half of the frame to even the score at two apiece behind RBI from Marisa Hensch (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Autumn Brown (Marshfield, Mass.).
The game remained quiet until the top of the fifth when Vargas laced a double that scored Fernandez, giving Springfield College a 3-2 lead, but once again, the Blue would add two in the bottom of the frame behind a two-run home run off the bat of Gen Brittingham (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and an additional run on a sacrifice fly from Julieanne Griffin (Blue Bell, Pa.) to make it 5-3, Wellesley, after five.
Down two runs heading to the seventh inning, Springfield College pulled within one when Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) scored on a defensive mishap from Wellesley, before Salvietti singled to center, plating Allen to make it even at five runs apiece. Wellesley was able to get two base runners in the bottom of the seventh, but Valenti forced a ground out to send the game to extra innings.
Springfield College took a one-run lead in the top of the eighth when Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) singled to center to score Valenti, but the Blue hung tough and rallied for a run of their own in the bottom of the frame when Hensch drove in another, before Valenti ended the frame, forcing another ground out at third base. The Pride then took another one-run lead in the top of the ninth when Allen drove a ball to right field, which was caught, but Fernandez scored from third to make it 7-6, Pride, before Wellesley's Hayley Moniz (Westfield, Mass.) drove in Kalei Oliver (Vista, Calif.) to make it 7-7 in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the 10th inning, Salvietti was placed on second, before being moved over to third on a bunt from Valenti. With Salvietti on third, Sastram drove a single through the left side, plating Salvietti, and giving Springfield College an 8-7 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Blue threatened to tie the game up once again but a great play in left from Natalie Stoner (Wynantskill, N.Y.) and a ground out to second sealed the win for the Pride.
Springfield College 5, Wellesley 3 -- Game Two
The Pride posted four runs in the top of the third inning, which proved to be enough as Springfield College completed the sweep of Wellesley, winning 5-3 in game two on Wednesday.
Freshman pitcher Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) earned her fifth win of the year as she pitched a complete game, giving up just six hits and three earned runs while striking out a pair. Fernandez and Vargas paced the offense with three hits apiece.
Wellesley got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Pride cut its deficit in half when Kayla Stvan (Parlin, N.J.) cranked her first-career home run, before the Pride rallied for four more runs in the top of the third inning to take a 5-2 lead over the Blue.
In the rally, Conley singled to left to score Sastram, before Vargas singled through the left side to plate Conley. Next, Allen flied out to center, but Fernandez tagged up and came home, before Salvietti scored Vargas on a sacrifice fly to right, giving the maroon and white a three-run lead.
Wellesley would score a run in the bottom of the third, but from there, Kane would lock in and settle the Blue offense, resulting in a 5-3 win for the maroon and white.