Springfield, Mass. - March 25, 2011 - After dropping the opening game 3-1, the Springfield College softball team handed the 12th-ranked Coast Guard Academy its first loss of the season, 5-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Potter Field on Friday afternoon.
With the split, Springfield is now 8-6 overall, and 2-2 in the NEWMAC. Coast Guard is now 17-1, 3-1 in league play.
In the first game, Coast Guard's junior pitcher, Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, La.) hurled a complete game victory, allowing just three hits and the one run. She walked two and struck out 12 in setting a record for most victories by a NEWMAC pitcher in her career with 83. Ironically, the pitcher she beat out was Nan Duga of Springfield College, who was selected to the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. Duga finished her career 82-38. Through game #1 of today's doubleheader, Feindel was 83-16.
Coast Guard scored in the very first inning. Senior catcher Amanda Frederick (Lebanon, Ohio), who had reached on a fielder's choice, eventually scored on a passed ball
Springfield tied it in the bottom of the second. Senior first baseman Amanda Novak (Cos Cob, Conn.) hit a wind-blown triple to right field. She then scored on a single up the middle by sophomore dh Melanie Scuderi (Clifton Park, N.Y.). It was only the second earned run Feindel had given up this season.
The Bears came back immediately with two in the top of the third, scoring both runs all with two outs. Junior first baseman Maddie Buchert (Metaire, La.) singled up the middle. Then Frederick doubled to right-center, knocking in what proved to be the winning run. The second run of the inning came home on a dropped fly ball to the outfield.
Springfield loaded the bases in the fourth on an error, walk, and a bunt single. But with one out, Feindel got out of the jam by forcing a foul pop, and a strikeout. Feindel set down the last 11 batters she faced to raise her record to 17-0 on the season.
For SC, freshman righthander Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y.) took the loss. Now 4-3, she gave up six hits, and three runs, only one of which was earned. She struck out two and walked three.
In the second game, it was a different story against the very same Coast Guard pitcher. Springfield scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, and one in the third to take a 4-0 lead. The Pride added one in the sixth to go up, 5-0. Coast Guard came back to post all three runs in the top of the seventh, making it very interesting.
SC scored in the first on an RBI-single by sophomore shortstop Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) and on a ground out by Scuderi.
In the second inning, junior third baseman Tess Gagliano (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) hit a long home run down the left field line to make it 3-0. It was Gagliano's second home run of the season.
In the third, Scuderi knocked in her second run of the game, and third of the doubleheader, with a single to center, making it 4-0.
In the sixth, Scuderi doubled to left-center feld. She scored on a one-out single by junior leftfielder Kelsey Dunn (Waterbury, Conn.).
In the Coast Guard seventh, the Bears had runners on first and second on an eror and a single. Junior second baseman Jamie Kim (Irvine, Calif.) then powered a three-run home run to close the gap.
SC freshman Jen Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) then got the last two batters on a strikeout and a grounder back to the pitcher. Joseph, who gave up six hits, is now 3-1 on the season. She walked one and struck out one.
Feindel again went the distance, giving up 11 hits and five earned runs. She walked one and struck out 10. Overall, she struck out 22 on the afternoon. Feindel, however, is now 17-1.
The Pride will return to conference action on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Clark for a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm.