Bristol, R.I. - May 10, 2014 - The Springfield College baseball team fell to host Roger Williams, 3-0 on Saturday in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Semifinals, despite a 2-for-3 day from Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass.) at the plate.
The fourth-seeded Pride end the season with a record of 21-16 with the loss while top-seeded Roger Williams improves to 26-16 with the win and advances to the ECAC Championship to be played Sunday at noon.
The Pride beat Roger Williams earlier this season, 4-2 at home, but Saturday, Springfield couldn't get into the runs column despite a 2-for-3 day from Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass.) at the plate.
The Pride picked up two hits in the top of the first, both with two outs in the inning. Calabrese singled through the left side and Sean Smith (Broken Arrow, Okla.) hit a single up the middle, but was thrown out at second base.
Roger Williams got on the board in the bottom half of the inning on a pair of RBI singles with two outs in the inning. With runners on first and third, Reid Nelson's base hit to right center scored Caulin Rogers for the game's first run and in the next at bat, Shawn Cariglio singled to shortstop, scoring Chris Travers for an early 2-0 lead.
Springfield's Shane O'Leary (Kings Park, N.Y.) drew a lead-off walk in the top of the top of the fourth, with Calabrese following with a line-drive base hit to left. The Pride looked poised to add a run on the board, but Hawks' starter George Lund was able to get a 5-4-3 double play to put a runner at third with two outs; then escaped out of the inning with a ground-out to third.
The Hawks tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.. Mike Pascarella led off the inning with a single to second base and advanced to third on back-to-back bunts from Rogers and Jamie Timothy. Travers brought Pascarella home on a sacrifice fly to right field, as right fielder Billy Paskowski (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) made a sliding catch on the low liner.
Springfield threatened again in the sixth when Billy Peterson (Wareham, Mass.) led off the inning with a double top right center. With one out, Calabrese drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Smith moved both runners on a ground ball to shortstop, but the Hawks got out of the inning on a pop up to first base.
The Pride had another chance in the eighth inning, with one out and two on. Peterson drew and walk and O'Leary collected a single to left field to put runners on first and second. After the Hawks made a pitching change, a fielder's choice by Calabrese moved Peterson to third, but O'Leary was out on the play. With runners on the corners and two outs in the inning, Roger Williams reliever Dan Julian took a grounder himself, to get out of the jam, unscathed.
Brendan Telfer closed out the game on the mound for the Hawks, retiring Springfield in order, on three-straight strikeouts in the top of the ninth.
Travis Lane (Canton, Conn.) went the distance in the loss, allowing three runs in eight innings. Peterson, O’Leary, and Smith each finished 1-for-3 at the plate.
It was the first time in 10 seasons that the Pride earned a berth into the ECAC tournament. In 2004, the Pride also fell in the ECAC semifinal round. Springfield had a big turnaround this season. Last year, the Pride missed the NEWMAC tournament, while this season, Springfield won the West Division and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.