SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 13, 2007) -- Senior Bob Schiaroli (Naugatuck, Conn.) pitched six innings of shutout relief and earned the victory in leading the Springfield College baseball team to an 8-6 victory over Clark University in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference game at SC’s very cold and blustery Berry-Allen Field this afternoon. When the game ended at 6 p.m., the temperature was 44 degrees, but the wind chill made it feel like 36 degrees.
With the win, Springfield is now 6-14 overall, 2-4 in the NEWMAC. It is Springfield’s fourth win in its last five games. Clark falls to 9-13 overall, 2-4 in the conference.
The host Pride scored the game’s first three runs in the bottom of the second inning off Clark starter Dan Simokonis, a junior right-hander from Worcester, Mass. For SC, junior right-fielder Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.) led off with a double, the Pride’s only extra base hit of the contest. Junior third baseman Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt.) then walked. With one out, junior catcher Justin Nussey (Westminster, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. Senior center-fielder Chris Stack (Albany, N.Y.) then walked in the game’s first run. Senior left-fielder Josh Charpentier (Fairhaven, Mass.) then knocked in the second with a sacrifice fly to center. The third run then scored on an error.
The lead did not last for long. Clark scored all six of its runs in the top of the third. The first seven runners reached base, with the Pride helping matters by committing two errors. Senior second baseman Kyle Breidenstine (Shoemakersville, Pa.) knocked in the first run with a safety squeeze, and was safe at first on an error. Junior catcher Joe Silva (Westbury, N.Y.) singled home two runs. Senior first baseman Nick Tapper (Hopkinton, Mass.) doubled home the fourth run. And then senior DH Mike Pritchard (Ansonia, Conn.) singled in the fifth and sixth runs.
Springfield countered with a singleton in the bottom of the third inning. Senior DH Doug Maier (Long Valley, N.J.) tripled to lead it off, then came home on a sacrifice fly to center by Hingston.
Schiaroli then came on in relief of starting left-hander Joe Carlos (Wilbraham, Mass.) in the top of the fourth. Schiaroli would hurl the remainder of the game, giving up no runs on three hits, striking out four, and walking two. He is now 1-1 on the season.
Springfield tied it in the seventh with two runs. Stack led off with a walk. Charpentier singled. Junior first baseman Casey Federico (Agawam, Mass.) singled in the first run. Then following a double play, Maier singled sharply to left to drive in Charpentier.
In the eighth, SC scored the winning two runs on just one hit. Hingston walked to lead it off. Freshman second baseman Joey Kropa (Cranford, N.J.), who came in as a defensive replacement in the seventh, then walked. For Clark, senior Jeremy Strom (Englewood, Colo.) came on to pitch. But Nussey, fouling off two pitches attempting to bunt, eventually walked to load the bases with no one out. After a fly out to short right field, Charpentier was faced with a two-strike pitch. But in what turned out to be the game’s key play, Strom then hit Charpentier, which knocked in the eventual winning run. Federico then hit into a force play, which scored an insurance run.
In the top of the ninth, Clark had the tying runs on. Junior shortstop Matt Adams (Jackson Heights, N.Y.) lined a single up the middle to lead it off. One out later, Silva coaxed a walk. But Schiaroli got the dangerous Tapper (who had already doubled twice) to pop up to second base. Finally, Pritchard flew out to left to end it.
The loser was freshman Erik DiMarco (Bellingham, Mass.), who had come on in the seventh for Simokonis. DiMarco faced only three batters, but two of them scored. He is now 0-1.
Both teams will continue NEWMAC conference play on Saturday. Clark will travel tomorrow to Wheaton for a doubleheader at 12 noon. Springfield, meanwhile, will stay right here and host Babson in a doubleheader at 12 noon.