Springfield, Mass. - April 12, 2014 - In a rematch of last year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, the Springfield College softball team split with visiting Babson on Potter Field on Saturday.
Babson took game one, 10-2 in six innings, but the Pride came away with the 4-2 win in game two. Springfield improves to 15-6-1 (8-3 NEWMAC) while Babson stands at 15-16 (7-7 NEWMAC).
Babson 10, Springfield 2 (6 innings):
Babson got to Springfield early to come away with the win. After Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) reached on an error in the first inning, Caitie Benoit (Williamstown, Mass.) drove her in on a deep double off the wall in center field to give the Beavers an early 1-0 lead. Babson scored three more runs in the inning, as Benoit came in on a double off the right field wall by Katie Guido (Middleton, Mass.) and two runs scored on a single from Emily Morris (Wolcott, Conn.) that went through the right side of the infield, giving Babson a 4-0 lead after one.
Springfield threatened in the bottom half of the inning, with bases loaded and one out. Babson pitcher Kathleen Conway (Simsbury, Conn.) got out of the jam though, forcing a pop up to the third baseman and tallying her first strikeout to end the inning with a four run advantage.
Babson tacked on another run in the top of the second as Benoit drove in Madison Dinaso (Ardsley, N.Y.) on a hard hit ball to shallow left field for a 5-0 lead.
The Beavers went ahead by six runs in the top of the third on an RBI single by Dinaso to center field, scoring Guido. The Pride got out of the jam, as relief pitcher Camdyn Morgillo (West Haven, Conn.) collected back-to-back outs on a pop up to shortstop and line out to Brielle Engelbrecht (Granby, Mass.) at second base.
Conway was solid in the circle for Babson, retiring Springfield in order in the second and third innings, picking up two strikeouts in that span.
Springfield finally got to Conway in the bottom of the fourth. Jenna Webb (Harrison, N.Y.) beat out a ground ball to the second baseman and Engelbrecht hit a double to deep right field, advancing Webb to third. With one out, Caitie Holik (South Windsor, Conn.) hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop, taking the out at first, put picked up an RBI as Webb scored on the play for a 6-1 game. The Pride picked up one more run off a wild pitch with the bases loaded to make it 6-2 after four innings.
Babson took advantage of bases loaded with no outs in the fifth, scoring on a walk and again on a wild pitch for an 8-2 lead. Springfield got an out on a fielder's choice by Morris, but Maya Lacy (East Mill Creek, Utah) scored to make it a 9-2 game. Springfield got out of the inning on back-to-back outs. In the sixth, Nicole Ravetier (Cranford, N.J.) scored on an error to make it a 10-2 game.
Conway earned the win in the circle for Babson, her 10th of the season (10-4). She went all six innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out five. Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y.) (4-4) took the loss for Springfield, going two innings, allowing five hits and five runs, but just one earned run.
At the plate, Springfield was led by Webb, who went 2-for-3 while Babson had three players with a multi-hit game. Benoit went 2-for-3 with two RBI's, Conway went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and Christa Shorette (Southington, Conn.) finished the game 2-for-3.
Springfield 4, Babson 2:
Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) pitched a strong game for the Pride, going all seven innings, allowing just five hits and two runs while striking out 10. She improves to 8-2 with the win.
Conway came back out to pitch game two for the Beavers, taking the loss (10-5). She went all six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, one earned while striking out five.
Springfield came out strong in game two of the afternoon, putting up two quick runs in the first inning after Joseph retired Babson in order in the top half of the inning. Rivelli scored on a sacrifice by Webb and Engelbrecht drove in Nelson on a hard line drive up the middle for a 2-0 lead.
Babson picked up a run in the third as Merullo drove in Lacy on a single to left field to make it a one-run game, 2-1.
Springfield made it a two-run game in the bottom half of the inning. Engelbrecht reached on a throwing error by the Babson second baseman with two outs in the inning, allowing Rivelli to score for a 3-1 game.
The Pride tacked on a run with two outs in the fourth. Christina Leader (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) beat out an infield single that allowed Elizabeth Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) to score Springfield's fourth run for a 4-1 lead.
Conway helped her own case in the top of the sixth, belting a double off the fence in right field, scoring Lindsey Schmid (New Canaan, Conn.) to make it a 4-2 game. Joseph got out of the inning with back-to-back outs on an interference and a strikeout.
Joseph closed out the complete game with three-straight outs in the seventh to give Springfield the win. Springfield was led by Engelbrecht at the plate. She went 2-for-3 with two RBI's. Elizabeth Joseph also had a multi-hit game for the Pride, going 2-for-3.
Babson was led by Merullo and Conway, each driving in a run on one hit.
Springfield will be back in action on Monday, heading to Coast Guard for a NEWMAC doubleheader at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Babson will host Endicott on Tuesday at 3:00 and 5:00.