Springfield Clinches Two Conference Victories Over Softball

Springfield Clinches Two Conference Victories Over Softball

THE BASICS

-Score Game One: Springfield College 3, Clark University 0

-Score Game Two: Springfield College 10, Clark University 4

-Records: Clark (8-16, NEWMAC 2-10), Springfield (15-11, NEWMAC 8-4)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (O'Brien Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University softball team dropped a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games to the Pride of Springfield College on Friday afternoon. The Pride allowed just one hit over seven innings en route to a 3-0 shutout in game one before rallying for 14 hits in game two for the 10-4 final.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game One: Springfield 3, Clark 0

-Springfield College scored once in the top of the fourth and twice in the top of the seventh en route to a 3-0 win over Clark University in NEWMAC action on Friday afternoon.

-In the top of the fourth, Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) fouled out to left field, but Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) tagged up and came home to give the maroon and white a 1-0 lead.

-In the top of the seventh, senior Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) singled to left which allowed Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) to come home, before Wheeler reached on a fielder's choice, which scored Taylor Mancinone (Watertown, Conn.) to make it 3-0.

-Clark left runners on base in five innings with their lone hit of the game coming from senior Olivia Barksdale's (Fort Washington, Md.) single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth.

-Allen pitched a complete game and struck out a career-best 12 batters. Allen and Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) both had RBI in the win.

-Senior Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) pitched all seven innings for the Cougars and struck out four batters as she falls to 2-5 on the season.

Game Two: Springfield 10, Clark 4

-Springfield College rattled off 14 hits en route to a 10-4 victory over Clark, leading to the Pride's second-consecutive NEWMAC sweep on Friday.

-Springfield College scored the first seven runs of the game as Conley led off the scoring with a home run in the top of the first, before Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) drove in two on a double to left center. Next, Vargas cleaned a loaded bases situation with a single to left center, before Wheeler drove in the junior to make it 7-0. Next, Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) doubled to right center, scoring Wheeler and Allen to make it 9-0.

-Clark rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to six runs. Sophomore JC Urella (North Grafton, Mass.) led off with a double down the right field line and moved to second on a single to right field from first year Francesca Cirone (Franklin Square, N.Y.). Freshman Jessica Martin (Winthrop, Mass.) earned a RBI when she doubled to score Urella. Pinch runners, Devan Galli (North Adams, Mass.) and Kelsey Joyce (Leominster, Mass.) both came home on a two-RBI single to right field from sophomore Isabella DiOrio (Lincoln, R.I.) (9-3).

-Springfield added a run in the top of the seventh when Abbi Conley (Plymouth, Mass.) drove in Valenti for the Pride's 10th run. The Cougars responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore Alexis Redish (Howell, N.J.) came home on a wild pitch before the Pride clinched the 10-4 victory.

-Martin finished 1-for-3 with one RBI for Clark while Diorio went 1-for-1 with two RBIs in the setback.

-In the win, Vargas had three RBI, while Salvietti and Kane each had two RBI in the win.

-Kane took the circle in game two and pitched 4.0 frames, giving up five hits while striking out three, before Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) came on and pitched the final 3.0 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out a pair.

-Junior Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) moves to 2-7 on the season as she went 3.2 innings for the Cougars and struck out four batters.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels to NEWMAC opponent, Wheaton College tomorrow, April 13th, for two games starting at 12:00 p.m.

-Springfield hosts MIT in a conference doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1:00 p.m.