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Five-Run Sixth Inning Pushes Elms Past Baseball, 11-5

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Springfield, Mass. – April 1, 2009 – The Elms College baseball team used a five-run sixth inning to break open a one-run game as it defeated host Springfield College, 11-5, on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, the Blazers improve to 7-8, while the Pride, which has lost 10 straight games, falls to 3-14.

Today’s game was scheduled to be played under the lights in Holyoke, but with wet weather conditions anticipated this evening, the contest was moved to Springfield College.

The Blazers plated the first run in the game in the bottom of the second as a Bob Reyome sac fly to center field scored Justin Jacobs. The Pride, serving as the visitors despite playing at Berry-Allen Field, responded with three runs in the third as they took advantage of several Elms miscues. With the bases juiced, Travis Turgeon was hit by a pitch, forcing in Joe Rivera from third. Some heads up base running from Joe Kropa accounted for Springfield’s second run as he crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Drew Michael then gave the Pride its third run of the frame as he scored from third on a passed ball.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, the Blazers scored four runs to regain a 5-3 lead. Elms strung together three-straight singles to jump start its offense en route to a four-run inning. Jacobs and Donald Morse each had RBI singles for the Blazers to highlight its offense.

Karl Quist cut the Pride’s deficit to one as he started the fourth inning off with a towering shot to right field for his first collegiate home run. However, Elms tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth as it took advantage of a throwing error by Springfield’s catcher. As Zach Cerra stole second, Quist’s throw was off the mark, allowing Jonathan Ortiz to score his second run of the game.

The Pride continued to battle as it made it a 6-5 game after Kropa led off the stanza with a solo homer. For the second-straight inning, the Pride led off with a home run as Kropa ripped a four-bagger down the left field line.

In the pivotal sixth inning, Elms scored five times to open up a six-run advantage. The Blazers used back-to-back RBI doubles from Jacobs and Albert Betances to snag an 11-5 lead.

Mike Bieber was the winning pitcher as he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, off just three hits while striking out six. Betances finished going 4-5 in the win, while Ortiz went 3-6 with three runs scored. The Blazers hit the ball well in the contest, racking up 17 hits.

Ryan White took the loss for SC as he lasted just four innings, giving up six runs, three earned, while scattering eight hits and striking out three. Springfield had just five hits in the game, with two coming from Kropa. The Pride struggled in the field, committing four errors.

The Pride return to action on Thursday afternoon when it hosts Babson for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at 3:30 pm.

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