SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- April 18, 2008 -- The Springfield College baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to spark a 5-2 comeback victory over the visiting Elms College Blazers on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Berry-Allen Field.
With the win, Springfield, which has now won three in a row, improves to 13-17 on the year, while Elms drops to 7-14.
In the fourth inning, Elms recorded the first runs of the contest as it took a 2-0 lead. Back to back RBI singles through the left side of the infield by Carm Bonavita and Mike Bedson put the visitors on top.
The Pride tacked on its first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Rob Malaspina crossed the plate for Springfield on a throwing error by Elms’ shortstop after an infield single by Travis Turgeon. Coming in off the bench, Drew Michael made the most of his first at bat as he ripped a double down the left field line to put himself in scoring position with one out in the seventh. John Schmaltz then tied the game at two as his single to right field scored Michael from second.
After Jamie Mackie was hit by a pitch, Malaspina delivered a two-out single to right center field to plate Schmaltz, giving SC its’ first lead of the game. Entering the game as the new designated hitter, Luke Gabordi then cracked a double to left field to increase the Pride’s lead to 4-2. With just two hits through six innings, the Pride knocked out four more hits in the seventh to take a two-run lead.
Springfield added an insurance run in the eighth when Michael’s single to left field scored Mario Piscitelli from second base .
Michael finished 2 for 2 with an RBI while Turgeon went 2 for 3.
For the Blazers, Matthew Wood suffered the loss as he allowed three runs in 6.1 innings of work, while striking out three and walking five. Bedson finished 3 for 4 with an RBI in the loss.
In his first collegiate start, Brayton Chase picked up the win as he went seven innings, scattering seven hits, while allowing just two runs and striking out four.
The Pride returns to conference action on Saturday when it travels to take on MIT. First pitch is slated for 12:00 pm