Springfield, Mass. -- April 17, 2009 -- Samantha Rhodes and Katie Anderson pitched complete-game victories to lead the Springfield College softball team to 3-1 and 7-0 victories this afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader at SC's bright and sunshiny Potter Field. It was Senior Day for the Pride, with seven seniors being honored before and after the game.
With the wins, Springfield ups its overall record to 14-18, and 8-6 in the NEWMAC. Smith falls to 6-23 overall, and 3-11 in league play. Springfield has now guaranteed a Top Six finish in the conference, and that guarantees the team a berth in the NEWMAC post-season tournament. The Pride is the defending NEWMAC Tourney champion.
In game #1, the host team scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Those were destined to be the only hits SC could muster in that contest. After the first two batters went out, senior 1B Aimee Cassella (Southington, Conn.) lined a single to left. Junior catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) then doubled to knock in Cassella. Junior RF Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.) followed that up with another double to drive in Wlosek.
No one scored again until the top of the sixth when the Pioneers tallied their lone run. Junior 3B Megan Kiefer (Oak Park, Ill.) doubled to open the frame. Then with two outs, senior LF Erin Quinn (Northbrook, Ill.) found the hole on the right side to plate Kiefer.
Springfield opened up a two-run margin once again in the bottom of the sixth without benefit of a hit. The inning opened when senior LF Amanda Lyons (Eastchester, N.Y.) reached first on catcher's interference. Lyons then went to third on an error by the first baseman. One batter later, Wlosek hit a ground ball to short for another error, scoring the run, although Wlosek was credited with the RBI.
Rhodes, a senior lefthander from Mendon, Mass., was credited with the victory, and is now 6-8. She allowed only four hits, while striking out six, and walking none. The tough-luck loser was senior RHP Emily Hiltzik (Westbury, N.Y.). She allowed only three hits, while striking out four, and walking one.
In game #2, the 7-0 score was a bit misleading in that Springfield led just 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning. SC had scored its only run up to that point in the bottom of the third. In that inning, with two outs, Wlosek and Worrilow hit back-to-back doubles to produce the run.
In the fifth, Cassella led off with a triple to deep right-center. Worrilow then doubled the run home. Senior DP Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) then singled in the second run of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Pride struck for four runs, all with two outs. It began when senior CF Angie Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.) walked. Lyons then singled.to left. Cassella then doubled to knock in two runs. The crowning blow came one batter later when Wlosek slammed a two-run home run well over the fence in left. It was her 6th home run of the year and 23rd of her career.
Anderson pitched a gem for the Pride, a four-hit shutout. The sophomore from Andover, Mass. struck out two and walked one. Of the 21 outs, 13 came by the ground ball route. She is now 2-5 on the season. The loser was Hiltzik, who pitched all 12 innings on the day for Smith. Hiltzik gave up 14 hits, and is now 3-18 on the season.
On Saturday, Springfield will travel to Coast Guard to play a doubleheader starting at 12 noon. The Bears are still unbeaten in NEWMAC play. Smith will host Wellesley for a doubleheader, also starting at noon.