Engineers Drop a Pair at Springfield
Springfield, Mass. -- Stef Grande pitched a one-hitter in game #1 and Megan Fitzgerald and Katie Anderson combined on a three-hitter in game #2 as the Springfield College softball team rolled past MIT by identical 8-0 scores in five innings in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play this afternoon at SC's Potter Field.
With the wins, the Pride has now won three straight and is 10-9 overall, and 6-2 in the conference. MIT falls to 4-12 overall, and is 0-6 in the NEWMAC.
In the first game, Grande was masterful, facing just one batter above the minimum in the five-inning mercied game. The lone batter to reach base was MIT second baseman Anna Christensen, who lashed a single just beyond the outstretched arms of the first baseman with two outs in the fourth inning. The ball was so well hit that SC rightfielder Bryn Worrilow nearly nabbed Christensen with a strong throw to first. The next batter grounded out to second to end that inning.
The Pride came out of the shute by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning of game #1. With one out, senior catcher and All-American Michelle Wlosek knocked in the first run with a hard single down the right field line. One out later, sophomore Liz Milly laced a two-run home run to right-center, giving SC a 3-0 advantage.
In the second inning, SC scored a singleton without the benefit of a base hit. Mackenzie O'Dea reached on an error, and came all the way around on a walk, a stolen base, and a wild pitch.
In the third inning, the Pride scored twice more on three hits and a fielder's choice. The RBI's were produced by freshman DP Melanie Scuderi and senior captain Caitlin Corry.
In the fourth inning, SC scored a run when Kelly Blake singled with two outs. She later scored on a stolen base, and two wild pitches. That made it 7-0, SC.
And finally in the fifth inning, Scuderi led off with a single. One out later, O'Dea reached on an error. Freshman Chelsea Bender then scored Scuderi on a single to left, making it 8-0, and ending the proceedings right there. Springfield had 10 hits in this contest, led by Wlosek, Worrilow, and Scuderi with two each
In game #2, Fitzgerald gave up just two hits in four scoreless innings. Anderson gave up one more hit in a scoreless fifth, although MIT had the first two runners on in that frame.
In the first inning, sophomore Tess Gagliano reached first on a bunt single. She came around on a stolen base, a ground out, and a single by Wlosek.
The third inning was SC's most productive of the day as the Pride tallied five times. With one out and Gagliano on first by way of a base on balls, Kelly Blake lined a shot out of the park to left field. That made it, 3-0, SC. Three more runs scored on an error, a wild pitch, and a single by freshman Kelsey Dunn, who went 2-for-2 in this contest.
SC added two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Wlosek and Amanda Novak. Springfield finished with nine hits in its four innings of at-bats. Wlosek went 3-for-3, and on the day finished 5-of-6.
MIT will be back in action on Tuesday, April 6 for a doubleheader at Smith College, starting at 3:00 p.m. Springfield will host Tufts Monday at 3:30 pm in a doubleheader at Potter Field.