Springfield, Mass. -- April 20, 2011 -- Behind sophomore pitcher Sarah Schwartzmeyer, the Wellesley College softball team defeated Clark University, 4-1, in the opening game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Wednesday afternoon beneath gray skies at Springfield College's Potter Field. In game #2, host Springfield defeated Wellesley, 6-1, to advance in the winner's bracket..
Wellesley, which is the #3 seed in this tournament, is now 24-12, while Clark, the #6 seed, drops to 15-16. Springfield raised its record to 23-13.
The tournament now moves on to Coast Guard on Friday. In the first game of the day, Babson, the #4-seed, will play Wellesley at 2 pm. At the same time, Clark will play Wheaton, the #5 seed. Later on, at 4:30 pm, the two unbeaten teams, Coast Guard and Springfield, will square off and face each other.
Game #1 -- Wellesley 4, Clark 1
Schwartzmeyer dazzled for the Blue as she hurled a complete game, giving up only four hits, while striking out 12 and walking just one. Her counterpart, Sarah Carter, shouldered the loss as she scattered four hits while allowing four runs, two earned, and totaling a pair of strikeouts and walks.
By winning, Wellesley moved on to play #2-seeded Springfield later in this afternoon.
Clark scored the opening run of the contest in the third inning after Maya Allen led off the frame with a double to left. Mel Melkonian then reached on a bunt single, moving Allen to third. After Schwartzmeyer registered another strikeout, Shawna Amatucci produced a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Allen for the Cougars lone run of the afternoon.
Wellesley answered right back in the bottom half to snag a lead it would not surrender. Brittany Bakacs led off with a single to left center, and then stole second to move into scoring position. Lauren Goldfarb put the Blue up 2-1 after she blasted a two-run shot over the left field fence.
The Blue added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as they took advantage of a pair of Cougar miscues. Sinta Cebrian led off the inning reaching on an error, and later moved over to third on a Mara Blesoff double to left. With two outs on the board, Samantha Spiga's fly ball to right appeared to end the frame, however, the Clark outfielder misplayed the ball, allowing both Cebrian and pinch-runner Rachael Goldenberg to cross home plate.
Both teams finished with just four hits each, and no player had more than one hit for either squad. Goldfarb finished 1-for-2 with two RBI for the Blue, and Amatucci posted a 1-for-2 day at the plate with an RBI for the Cougars.
Game #2 -- Springfield 6, Wellesley 1
In the second game of the day, freshman Ashley Marino won her sixth straight decision by hurling her #2-seeded Springfield College team to a 6-1 victory over #3-seeded Wellesley.
Except for a slight hiccup in the first inning, Marino was masterful in allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings. The run was unearned. She also struck out six, walked just one, and is now 11-6 on the season.
For Wellesley, sophomore Lauren Goldfarb pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, all earned. She walked four, struck out five, and is now 8-7 on the campaign.
Wellesley produced its only run in the first. The Blue loaded the bases with no one out. But it appeared Marino was going to escape when the next two batters popped out. Sophomore Mara Blesoff, however, reached on an error, scoring Goldfarb, who had led the frame with a single.
Junior second baseman Kasey Kelly then hit her first home run of the year on the first pitch of the bottom of the first -- tying matters at 1-each.
In the third inning, Springfield broke the tie when Allison Clott was hit by a pitch. Kelly then doubled to right-center. With two outs, sophomore shortstop Kelly Blake then lined a single to center to score two runs.
In the fifth inning, the Pride scored twice more. Clott singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kelly singled to shortstop. With runners on first and third, SC engineered a perfect double steal for one run. Blake then doubled home the second run of the inning.
Finally, in the sixth inning, Clott walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Kelly went 3-for-3, plus a walk, and scored three runs. That included a single, double, and a home run. Blake went 2-for-3, and knocked in three runs. Clott went 1-for-1, and also scored three runs.
Marino gave up three hits, only one of which came after the first inning.