Springfield, Mass. - April 2, 2014 - The Springfield College softball team had its home-opener on Wednesday with Western Connecticut State in a doubleheader on Potter Field. Melissa Nelson (Milford, Conn.) led Springfield, going 5-for-8 with two RBI's through the pair of games.
The Pride fell 5-1 in the first game, then came back to tie the Colonials, 4-4 in eight innings. The second game was called due to darkness.
Western Connecticut 5, Springfield 1:
Nelson had a big game from the plate, despite the loss. The sophomore went 3-for-4 with one run batted in.
The Colonials got on the board with three runs in the second inning. Julia Bocek (Southington, Conn.) singled to lead off the inning. Michaela Roche (Bristol, Conn.) dropped down a bunt and reached first on an error. Alexandra LaFemina (East Haddam, Conn.), who pinch ran for Bocek advanced to third and was hit home on a double by Kylee Ruther (Stamford, Conn.) for a 1-0 lead. Roche scored the game's second run, after Jessica Caturano grounded out to the pitcher. The Colonials took a 3-0 lead on an RBI double up the middle by Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, Conn.).
Springfield made it a 3-1 game in the bottom of the fifth, as Nelson singled to right and advanced to second on an error by the right fielder. Camdyn Morgillo (West Haven, Conn.) scored on the play.
Western Connecticut tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh. Alle Sabith (Meriden, Conn.) singled to left center to lead off the inning. Kristen Sliman (Brewster, Conn.) pinch ran, stealing second on the first pitch she saw. Wojtkiewicz reached on an error and Sliman scored to make it a 4-1 game. An RBI single by Bocek scored Wojtkiewicz for a 5-1 advantage. On the play, Weber was thrown out after being caught between second and third base.
The Pride had a chance in the seventh with two runners on, but a double play ball and a ground-out ended the game.
Springfield 4, Western Connecticut 4 (8 innings):
Game two of the doubleheader went eight innings, but was called due to darkness, ending in a tie.
Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) had another solid start in the circle to lead Springfield. The senior went the distance, allowing one earned run and tallying nine strikeouts. Nelson and Jenna Webb (Harrison, N.Y.) were both big offensively. Webb went 3-for-4 with two RBI's and Nelson drove in one run on 2-of-4 hitting.
To start the game, Joseph retired the side in order, tallying two strikeouts.
In the bottom half of the inning, Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I.) hit a single to left field for Springfield with one out, but Western Connecticut collected a pair of fielder's choice outs to end the inning.
In the second, Bocek reached on an error and Sliman again came in to pinch run. She stole second and scored on a throwing error to take an early 1-0 lead. With two down, Caturano one-hopped the fence on a deep double to left field, but Joseph got Erin Biskup (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) to hit an easy grounder to Brielle Engelbrecht (Granby, Mass.) at second base to end the inning.
The Colonials posted two runs in the third, as Bocek drove in LaFemina and Wojtkiewicz on a single to right center for a 3-0 advantage.
Springfield made it a one-run game in the bottom half of the inning. Nelson drove in Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) on an RBI single to second base and Webb followed with an RBI single to right to bring home Christina Leader (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) for a 3-2 game.
Western Connecticut added a run in the fifth on an RBI single to center field from Bocek for a 4-2 lead.
Nelson and Webb came through again in the fifth for Springfield to tie it up at four runs apiece. An infield single from Nelson scored Gill and Webb knocked in Leader, the tying run on a single to left.
The game went scoreless the rest of the way as neither team could bring home the winning run in the eighth. In extra inning, the Colonials sacrificed the runner on second to third on a bunt from Bocek, but the Pride got out of the jam with two-straight outs.
Springfield sacrificed Simone Morin (Plantsville, Conn.), but the Colonials got a pop up and a strikeout and the game was ended due to darkness.
The Pride will be in action again on Friday, hosting Smith for a NEWMAC doubleheader at 3:30 and 5:30.