Springfield, Mass. - April 15, 2009 - The Springfield College baseball team surrendered eight runs in the top of the first as it eventually dropped a 19-3 decision to the visiting Wesleyan Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference contest on Berry-Allen Field.
The loss drops Springfield to 7-20 on the year while the Cardinals improve to 13-10.
Springfield starter Brayton Chase didn’t get out of the first inning as the Cardinals erupted for four runs off five hits through the first eight batters of the contest. After Drew Dominguez and Julian Sonnefield led off the game with back-to-back singles to left, Wesleyan used an RBI single from Brice Kelly, a deep two-RBI double by Justin Freres, and an RBI one-bagger by Alex Meadow to take a 4-0 lead. After Brian Harris entered the game and walked the first batter he faced, Dominguez hammered a grand slam to left center field to give the visitors eight runs in the frame.
Wesleyan added to its lead in the top of the third. A two-out error extended the inning, which was followed by a two RBI triple into right centerfield off the bat Sonnenfeld. The Cardinals added two more runs after a wild pitch and a double by Kelly.
The Cardinals added one in the top of the 4th after a single by Meadow and a double by Jonathan Sheehan. Meadow scored on a wild pitch by Chris Collard who had just entered the game.
Springfield finally got on the board after as Mike Robilotto led off the bottom of the fifth with a double. Joe Rivera followed with a single, and a line drive single up the middle by Joe Kropa scored Robilotto. SC added one more run in the frame after a sacrifice fly by Jamie Mackie scored Rivera from third.
Springfield added its final run of the game in the sixth when Ryan Tatreau came around to score after a two-out error by pitcher Brett Yarusi covering firstbase.
The visitors scored four runs in the seventh and another two in the sixth in route to 19 runs in the contest. Wesleyan finished with 19 hits in the game and was led by Sonnefield's four-hit, four-run, three-RBI performance. Kelly, Dominguez, and Freres all finished with three hits in the game as well. Yarusi was dominant on the mound as he picked up the win, throwing seven innings of 10-hit ball while striking out six and allowing three runs, two earned.
Rivera totaled two hits in the game for SC, as did Mackie and Luke Gabordi. Springfield threw five pitchers, with Collard going the longest with 3.1 innings of work.
The Pride return to action on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Coast Guard in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader starting at 12:00 pm.