Springfield, Mass. - April 14, 2010 - Lynne Halley tossed a five-hit shutout to earn her first collegiate victory as the Springfield College softball team blanked visiting MCLA, 7-0, in the opening game of a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Potter Field. Kelly Blake then knocked in the winning run in the eighth inning with an infield hit to give the Pride a come-from-behind second game victory, 8-7. SC is now 17-14 on the season.
MCLA fell to 9-13.
In game #1, Springfield came up with a 13-hit attack, and was in control right from the very first inning when it scored twice on Bryn Worrilow's two-run double. SC entered the game hitting .338 as a team.
SC tallied three more times in the third on an error and RBI-singles by Breann Joyce and Halley, a pair of freshmen. That made it 5-0.
SC then added two more in the fourth on an RBI double by senior All-American catcher Michelle Wlosek and an RBI-single by Worrilow. It was Worrilow's third RBI of the contest. That made it 7-0, SC, and Halley then brought it home with her five-hit shutout. She is now 1-0 on the season. Blake went 3-for-4 for the game.
In game #2, MCLA jumped on junior righthander Katie Anderson, as the Trailblazers' first seven runners all reached base. MCLA scored three runs, with Halley coming on in relief and getting the last two outs of the inning.
The Pride came right back with two runs in the bottom of the frame. With one out, freshman centerfielder Chelsea Bender powered a solo home run to right-center. Blake then doubled on the very next pitch, just missing a home run, to left-center. Later, she scored on a single by Joyce.
SC added three in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. Sophomore first baseman Liz Milly led off the inning with a home run to right-center. Later, Blake hit a sacrifice fly to center, and Wlosek knocked in another with a two-out single.
In the fifth, senior leftfielder Caitlin Corry knocked in a run with a ground-out to short. That made it 6-3 and Halley was still sailing along through five full innings.
MCLA then scored four times on five hits, helped by two errors, in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. Amanda Borsotti, who went 4-for-5 in this game, knocked in the go-ahead run with two outs. For SC, sophomore Megan Fitzgerald relieved Halley, and shut the door.
In the bottom of the sixth, Wlosek singled in the tying run, making it 7-all.
After a scoreless seventh and with darkness fast approaching, MCLA failed to score in the first extra inning, although the Trailblazers had a runner reach third.
In the bottom of the inning, freshman catcher Allison Clott sacrificed the runner on second over to third. With one out, both Melanie Scuderi and then Bender walked to load the bases. Blake then hit a ground ball up the middle, but the shortstop, although fielding it cleanly, had no play, and Corry scored the winning run.
Fitzgerald got credit for the victory, and is now 7-3.
Up next, SC will play a NEWMAC doubleheader at Smith Friday at 3:00 pm.