Springfield, Mass. -- April 18, 2010 -- The Springfield College softball team capitalized on three consecutive errors in the seventh inning, allowing the Pride to win by a score of 4-3 over the Coast Guard Academy in the second game of of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader at Potter Field today under overcast skies. In the first game, Coast Guard won, 4-1. The split means that the Bears have won the NEWMAC regular season title, and will be the No. 1 seed, while Springfield will be the No. 2 seed when the NEWMAC Tourney begins on Wednesday.
The records are now as follows for these two clubs: Coast Guard 26-7 overall, 14-2 NEWMAC; Springfield 20-15 overall, 12-4 in the conference.
Coast Guard, as usual, was led by its outstanding sophomore pitcher Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, La.), who hurled two complete games this afternoon. She earned both decisions, and is now 24-7 on the season. In the first game, she struck out 13 and walked none, while giving up only the one run on six hits. The one run came in the bottom of the seventh on a home run by freshman 2B Breann Joyce (Trumbull, Conn.), the first of her career. That broke up the shutout. Feindel had had a no-hitter through 3 1/3 innings of work. Springfield was batting .346 as a team entering the game.
Also in game No. 1, Springfield freshman righthander Stef Grande (Manchester, Conn.) also pitched a complete game. Grande, who is now 8-9, surrendered 12 hits and four runs, all earned, while striking out two and walking one.
Coast Guard scored a run in the top of the first inning when sophomore 1B Maddie Buchert (Metaire, La.) led off with a single. She came around on a sacrifice bunt, a single, and a ground out by freshman 3B Holli Bastinck (Wayne, N.J.). That made it, 1-0, the Bears.
Coast Guard added two more in the fifth. Buchert led off with a walk and junior SS Becky Miller (Norco, Calif.) followed with a single. Buchert later scored on two singles and a ground out. Miller ultimately scored on a wild pitch, making it 3-0. In the sixth, after two were out, Buchert was in the middle of another rally. She doubled to left center, and immediately scored on a single by Miller. Buchert scored three of Coast Guard's four runs in this game.
Joyce's home run in the seventh was SC's only bright light in game No. 1.
In game No. 2, as happened in the first game, Coast Guard opened with a run in the top of the first. Buchert led off with a single, and came around on a sacrifice bunt, then a triple by Bastinck. In the third inning, again it was Buchert leading off with a walk, and coming home on a sacrifice bunt, passed ball, and a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Amanda Frederick (Lebanon, Ohio).
The Pride finally produced some sparks in the fifth, as the first three batters all scored for SC. Freshman shortstop Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) led off with a single. Senior All-American catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) followed with a double to center, just missing a home run. Senior RF Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.) then lashed a double down the left-field line to tie the game at 2-all. Junior 1B Amanda Novak (Cos Cob, Conn.) then singled home Worrilow, giving SC a 3-2 lead.
The lead did not last long, as Frederick hit her eighth home run, a bomb to left field, with one out in the sixth, tying matters at 3-all.
That led to the bottom of the seventh. At this point, only one error had been committed in the whole doubleheader. But the first three SC batters all reached by error, and the winning run scored as such. Sophomore DP Liz Milly (Marion, N.Y.) led off with a slow one-hopper to shortstop, but the ball was bobbled, allowing Milly to reach. Senior LF Caitlin Corry (Seekonk, Mass.) then came on in a sacrifice bunt situation. Corry's bunt was picked up, but was then dropped by the second baseman at first base, the runner scampering all the way to third. With the infield drawn in, freshman 3B Mel Scuderi (Clifton Park, N.Y.) then hit a shot to the left of the second baseman. Just one step away, she let the ball scoot right by her for a third straight error, and the winning run scored.
Sophomore righthander Megan Fitzgerald (Troy, N.Y.) picked up the complete-game victory, and is now 9-3. She gave up eight hits and three runs, two of which were earned.
Springfield will host a doubleheader next Wednesday at home, with the #3 seed playing the #6 seed in game No. 1. The Pride will then play the winner of that game in game No. 2 immediately thereafter.