Worcester, Mass. – Springfield College broke open a close game late and the visiting Pride shutout Clark University, 7-0, in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) West Division baseball action on Friday evening.
It marks the first time the Cougars have been shutout in nearly 80 games with J.P. Pyne as head coach.
Score: Springfield 7, Clark University 0
Records: Springfield (11-8, 5-3 NEWMAC); Clark University (20-9, 5-6 NEWMAC)
Location: Granger Diamond, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
After a scoreless first four innings, the Pride pushed two runs across in the fifth – one on an RBI groundout and the other on a single to right off of Clark starter Patrick Robinson (Watertown, Conn.).
They then erupted for five runs in the sixth highlighted by a two-run double from Logan Barrett, who eventually came around to score on a passed ball.
Clark threatened to get on the board when they loaded the bases with one out in the eighth but Ken Manero was able to retire the final two batters to end the frame as part of his stellar three innings of relief performance.
Inside The Boxscore:
Robinson takes the loss for the Cougars, going five innings and allowing six hits and five earned runs. Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and a stolen base for the Scarlet and White – his third straight multi-hit game.
The Cougars and Pride will continue their NEWMAC West Division series with a pair of games in Springfield on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m.