SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 1, 2007 – Stephanie Blackman pitched a complete game victory in the first contest in leading her Springfield College softball team to a split of a doubleheader in a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference games this afternoon versus Clark University at SC’s Potter Field. Game scores were 9-1 in favor of Springfield in game #1, and 6-3 in favor of Clark in game #2.
With the split, Springfield’s overall record is now 9-9, while its NEWMAC mark is now 4-2. Clark, meanwhile, is now 7-9 overall, and 3-3 in conference play.
In game #1, Blackman, a junior right-hander from Stamford, Conn., went the distance, giving up just one unearned run on five hits, while striking out three and walking one in the six-inning tilt (SC won on the mercy rule). With the win, she is now 6-3. She actually picked up her third straight victory over the weekend, also recording wins over Coast Guard on Friday and at Wheaton on Saturday.
In game #2, junior Heather Warren (Upland, Calif.) hurled a complete game victory for the Cougars, raising her record to 3-5. Warren allowed six hits and two earned runs. She also went four-for-four at the plate, with two singles, a double, and a two-run home run in the third. She knocked in three runs and scored two.
Back to game #1, SC scored three times in the first, and three times in the second. In the first inning, junior second baseman Denise Fumicello (Brockton, Mass.), who went three-for-four with two doubles, three runs scored, a stolen base, and one RBI, led off with a double. A moment later, she scampered home on a single by sophomore center-fielder Angela Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.). Freshman shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.) then reached on an error. Later in the inning, Moran scored on an RBI walk by sophomore outfielder Nicole Uliasz (Dalton, Mass.).
In the second inning, Fumicello led with a single and stole second. She went to third on a ground out, then scored on an RBI single by Moran. Freshman catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) then hit a two-run homerun to left to give SC a 6-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Clark scored its lone run on a two-out error, senior catcher Lauren Ackein (Tacoma, Wash.) crossing the plate after she had reached on a single.
SC finally scored three more in the sixth to end it. Sophomore third baseman Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.) led off with a single, then stole second. Fumicello doubled to score Kogut. Atkins followed with an RBI single. Following a fielders choice and a ground out, sophomore DH Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) ended it with an RBI single.
The losing pitcher was freshman starter Melissa Traft (Milton, Mass.). She gave up six runs in 2.0 innings of work. Traft is now 3-2.
In game #2, Clark jumped out on top early. In the top of the first, freshman second baseman Lauren Blake (Oakland, Me.) doubled. She then scored on a single by Warren. It could have been worse for the Pride, but Warren was later thrown out at the plate by sophomore left-fielder Kasey Calderone (Pipersville, Pa.). Warren then hit a two-out, two-run homerun to left in the third inning, giving Clark a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, again with two outs, freshman Darcy Kurashige-Elliott (Berkeley, Calif.) smashed a three-run home run just clearing the fence right down the left field line.
In the bottom of the sixth, SC got on the board when Spiro singled in Atkins, who had reached on an error. The Pride added two more in the bottom of the seventh. Atkins plated one with a sacrifice fly to left. Then with two outs, Wlosek grounded out to second, scoring the final run. SC had the tying run in the on-deck circle when Spiro grounded out to end it.
Sophomore lefthander Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) went 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and five of the six runs (all earned). Rhodes struck out two and walked none. Freshman Courtney Kapinos (South Hadley, Mass.) pitched two-thirds of an inning, and Blackman finished up, hurling two scoreless innings.
Up next, Springfield plays a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Monday (Apr. 2) at Keene State. Clark will travel to Amherst on Tuesday (Apr. 3) for a single game at 4 p.m.