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Softball Opens 2011 Season With a 13-2 Victory over Kean in Florida; Then Falls to Ramapo, 6-3

Liz Milly Kissimmee, Fla. -- March 13, 2011 -- Freshman pitcher Ashley Marino won her first start in leading the Springfield College softball team to a season-opening 13-2 victory over Kean College of Union, N.J. this morning at the Rebel Games. The Pride then fell to Ramapo College of Mahwah, N.J., 6-3, later in the day. Seniors Amanda Novak and Liz Milly hit home runs for SC in the five-inning game against Kean.

Game #1 -- Springfield 13, Kean 2

In the first game, the Pride unleashed a 15-hit attack and scored in four of the five innings. Milly, a catcher from Marion, N.Y., and sophomore rightfielder Chelsea Bender (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) each went 3-for-4 at the plate. Junior second baseman Kasey Kelly (Poughkeepie, N.Y) and Novak, a first baseman from Cos Cob, Conn., had two hits apiece. Kelly scored three runs from her leadoff position in the order.

Milly knocked in four runs for SC, followed by three each for sophomore shortstop Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) and freshman leftfielder Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I.).

Marino pitched a complete game, in a game that was "mercied". The righthander from Harrison, N.Y. gave up two runs, both earned, and seven hits. She walked two and struck out four. For Kean, Courtney Smith, who pitched just one-third of an inning, was credited with the loss.

Springfield was 1-0 after the outing, while Kean fell to 0-3.

Serving as the visitors, Springfield scored four runs in the first inning, and added two in the second, six in the third, and one more in the fourth. Kean tallied both of its runs in the bottom of the first.

In the first inning, Blake had an RBI-groundout, followed by an RBI-single by Milly, and a two-run home run to left-center by Novak.

In the bottom of the first, first baseman Katie Yard knocked in both Kean runs with a single. Yard went 2-for-3 at the plate.

In the second, SC scored its runs on RBI-singles by Rivelli and Milly.

In the third, runs were produced on an RBI-single by junior third baseman Tess Gagliano (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.), on a groundout by Rivelli, on a two-run double by Blake, and on a two-run home run by Milly.

In the fourth inning, with Rivelli at the plate, SC scored its 13th run on an error.

Game #2 -- Ramapo 6, Springfield 3

In the second game, Ramapo broke a 1-1 tie with three runs scored in the top of the fifth inning. Springfield closed it to within one run with a two-run sixth. Ramapo got those two runs right back in the top of the seventh.

Ramapo raised its record to 2-0, while the Pride fell to 1-1.

Sophomore shortstop Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) went 3-for-4 to lead SC. Freshman centerfielder Christina Leader (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) went 2-for-3. Senior first baseman Amanda Novak (Cos Cob, Conn.) knocked in all three runs, including the two in the sixth inning on a two-run home run, her second home run of the day.

SC had eight hits in game #2.

Freshman righthander Jen Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) got the start, making it two freshmen starters in two games for the Pride on the day. She allowed four runs, all earned, on six hits in 4.0 innings. She also walked one and struck out none.

Sophomore righthander Steff Grande (Manchester, Conn.) came on in relief in the fifth inning. She ultimately gave up two runs on four hits, while striking out three and walking none.

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