Springfield, Mass. -- March 24, 2009 -- Jaimie Moran hit a three-run home run to provide the big hit, allowing her Springfield College softball team to defeat Amherst, 6-2, in game #2 of a doubleheader at SC's Potter Field this very cool and windy afternoon. In game #1, the Lord Jeffs were propelled by an 8-run inning which allowed them to defeat the Pride, 10-5.
With the split, Springfield is now 5-7 overall, while Amherst is 8-3. The second game was called after 5 1/2 innings due to darkness.
In that second game, senior 3B Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.) knocked in the game's first run in the bottom of the second inning on a slap single to left, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead. But Amherst tied up the game immediately when junior Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, Calif.) led off the third with a home run.
But Springfield scored five times in the bottom of the third. Senior LF Amanda Lyons (Eastchester, N.Y.) and senior 1B Aimee Cassella (Southington, Conn.) led off with back-to-back walks. Junior C Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) then hit a ball up the middle for a single, with Lyons scoring from second. Senior DP Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) then doubled home SC's third overall run. But it was Moran, a junior shortstop from Manchester, Conn., who put the capper on the inning with a line shot three-run homer to left field. That gave the Pride a 6-1 lead.
Amherst tallied its second run in the top of the sixth as the sun was going down on a walk, an error, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Annemarie Iker (Mill Valley, Calif.). Following the third out, however, the umpires called the game because of darkness.
For Springfield, freshman Megan Fitzgerald (Troy, N.Y.) went the distance, allowing just two hits. She struck out two and walked three in raising her record to 3-2. For Amherst, the losing pitcher was starter Samantha Presnal, a sophomore from Belchertown, Mass. Presnal pitched 2+ innings, giving up all six runs on five hits. She is now 2-2. Senior Maddie Tamagni (Salinas, Calif.) pitched the final three innings, giving up just one hit and no runs.
In the first game, Amherst started off by scoring twice in the first inning. Junior CF Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, N.J.) hit the game's very first pitch sharply to left for a single. Following a sacrifice bunt, slick-fielding freshman shortstop Carly Dudzik (Darien, Conn.) doubled in one run to right-center. Moments later, junior 2B Emily Neill (Kentfield, Calif.) doubled home Dudzik to the exact same spot to make it 2-0. Although Amherst did not score the rest of that inning, it did manage to load the bases, knocking out SC ace Samantha Rhodes (Mendon Mass.), who recorded 22 wins last year.
Springfield came back to score two runs in the bottom of the second to tie it at 2-2. The big hit was a two-out, two-run single by senior CF Angie Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.). And then SC took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, with Atkins knocking in that run with a sacrifice fly to center. That inning ended when Lyons hit into a double play as she flew out to Tyler in center, with Tyler then throwing out a runner at the plate.
Amherst then exploded for eight runs in the top of the fifth. Springfield sophomore hurler Katie Anderson (Andover, Mass.), who ultimately took the loss (0-3), had pitched well in place of Rhodes. But Anderson committed an error on a comebacker to start off that inning. Following a walk, Neill then knocked in the tying run with a single. Iker then followed with another single to score the go-ahead run. Amherst scored six more runs that inning off a total of three pitchers. Other big hits were provided by senior 3B Holly Trace (Northport, Ala.) with an RBI single, by Chang-Graham with an RBI single, and by Tyler with a two-RBI single. Senior LF Alexa Princi (Darien, Conn.) added a sacrifice fly to center to score the inning's final run.
Springfield scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run by Wlosek, her first and the team's first of the year..
Chang-Graham went the distance, allowing five runs on 12 hits. She walked two and struck out five in raising her record to 5-1.