April 21, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Springfield College sophomore outfielder Danielle Spiro went 4-for-7 with eight RBI and five runs scored over the course of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader, as the Pride swept MIT, 3-0 and 22-0, in each team's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season finales at Potter Field.
The pair of losses concluded the Engineers' 2007 NEWMAC schedule, as they failed to make the playoffs with a conference record of 0-16. The Cardinal and Gray is now 1-24 overall.
With the sweep of the twinbill, Springfield captured its first-ever NEWMAC regular-season title, as it will be the host school for the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament starting on Wednesday, Apr. 25. The Pride's lone conference tournament crown came back in 2000.
In game one, a three-run homer from Spiro in the bottom half of the third inning proved to be all that the Pride needed. Junior starter Stephanie Blackman tossed four complete innings, not allowing a hit in striking out five for her 11th victory of the season (11-5). First-year Courtney Kapinos then came on to pitch the final three innings for her second save of the campaign, allowing just three hits and no runs.
In the second game, Springfield pounded out 17 hits and 22 runs in the five-inning affair, highlighted by an 11-run bottom of the first. Spiro and sophomore designated player Aimee Cassella combined to go 5-for-9 at the plate with 10 RBI and six runs scored. Junior Denise Fumicello, sophomores Loni Rodriguez and Amanda Lyons and freshman Jaimie Moran all drove in a pair of runs in the victory.
Springfield's sophomore starter Samantha Rhodes registered her eight win of the season (8-6) in five innings of work, allowing just four hits and no runs.
For the Engineers, junior starter Leah Bogsted pitched well in a losing effort during game one, tossing six innings and striking out an impressive 10 batters. Freshman catcher Kasey Rowe led MIT with a 2-for-3 performance from the plate in game two.
Tech will conclude its season on Wednesday, Apr. 25, when it will host Regis College at 4:00 p.m. in a match-up that was originally scheduled for earlier in the year, but was postponed due to rain. The Pride will host Williams College on Monday afternoon, Apr. 23, in a 4:00 p.m. tune-up before NEWMAC Tournament play starts on Wednesday.