With the split, Springfield is now 2-4 on the young season as it snapped a four-game losing skid this Spring Break.
In the first game of the day, Millikin jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning. But Springfield cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third. Atkins singled to right. Senior 3B Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.) then hit into a fielder's choice. After the second out, Wlosek, a junior catcher from Nutley, N.J., singled Kogut to third. Cassella, a senior first baseman from Southingon, Conn., then knocked Kogut in with a single to left.
Millikin then scored three times in the top of the sixth to make it 5-1. But SC came back to make a fight of it. In the bottom of the sixth, Cassella walked. She was pinch-run for by freshman Marissa Speroni (Cumberland, R.I.), who later scored on a fielder's choice by junior OF Caitlin Corry (Seekonk, Mass.).
In the seventh inning, Atkins led off by reaching on an error by the first baseman. Freshman catcher Liz Milly then pinch-hit, singling, and advancing the runner to second. Wlosek then knocked in the Pride's third run, and there was still only one out with the tying runs on the basepaths. But that's all SC ciould muster.
The losing pitcher for the Pride was senior Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.). She allowed five runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Fitzgerald came on to allow no further damage, hurling the final inning and a third.
In the Pride's second game, Fitzgerald was brilliant on the mound as she held the Golden Flyers to just one hit in the contest. Throwing seven scoreless innings of ball, she struck out three and walked just one. She gave up just one third-inning single that was grounded through the left side. Springfield scored one run in the second, fourth, and fifth innings and used a two-run seventh to take the 5-0 victory. Wlosek, Cassella, and Jaimie Moran each drove in a run for Springfield, which managed just four hits.