Middletown, Conn. - April 14, 2010 - Junior Steve Forbes posted his first victory of the year as he quieted the bats of Wesleyan University as the Springfield College baseball team picked up a 10-3 road win.
The Pride improved to 12-15 on the season, while Wesleyan dropped to 19-7. Springfield avenged a 19-3 loss to Wesleyan a year ago with its sixth win in the last eight meetings between the teams and 61st in the long-standing series against 30 losses.
After yielding a pair of runs and three hits in the opening frame, Forbes did not allow a Wesleyan runner past second base over the next six frames while allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts. Springfield led throughout the game, having scored three runs in the top of the first.
The Pride padded its 4-2 margin in the seventh with an extra three runs and put the contest away with another three-run eruption in the eighth. Forbes went eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits with nine total strikeouts. He held Wesleyan to a .222 average. The Cardinals came into the game hitting .349 as a team.
Springfield went ahead for good when sophomore Karl Quist singled into right field for the first of his three hits and opening RBI of four he collected in the game. Junior Michael Micik followed with a two-run double for the 3-0 lead. Wesleyan cut the gap to 3-2 on back-to-back doubles by junior Julian Sonnenfeld and sophomore Alex Meadow and an RBI single by senior Brice Kelly. Kelly and Meadow both finished with a pair of hits for Wesleyan and the double by Sonnenfeld was his 20th of the year, extending his seasonal school record.
After Springfield tacked on a run in the second on a single and an error, pitchers Forbes and senior Michael Cifuentes of Wesleyan took control. Cifuentes gave up only two hits over the next four innings as the teams entered the seventh with the score still 4-2. Quist re-established the Pride scoring with a two-run triple to the right-center field gap and then scored on junior Peter Calandra’s two-out single to left. Springfield pushed out to an eight-run lead in the eighth on another RBI-hit by Quist and a two-run safety by Micik, who like Quist, went 3-for-5 with four RBI.
Wesleyan’s final run in the 8th came off the bat of Sonnenfeld in the form of a sacrifice fly.
Wesleyan is back in action Friday, April 16 with a trip to Albertus Magnus for a double-header. Springfield will host cross-town rival Western New England in its next game Thurs., April 15..