SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- March 29, 2008 - The Springfield College softball team split its New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) openers with Wheaton on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon at Potter Field.
With the split, the Pride improves to 7-7, 1-1 in league play, while the Lyons move to 14-4, 1-1.
Springfield won the first game in nine innings by the score of 3-2, and dropped the second contest, 1-0.
In the first game of the twinbill, the Lyons jumped on the scoreboard first. Julie Murray hit a solo shot in the top of the third. The Pride responded in the bottom of the sixth when Jaimie Moran singled in Laura Riccio, who previously entered the inning as a pinch runner for Bryn Worrilow.
The game eventually went to extra innings and the Lyons struck first once again, this time in the 8th. Brady Benton belted a double to lead off the inning to plate Rachel Merrick who started the inning off on second base due to the international tie-breaker rule. SC was up to the task as it scored the tying run in the bottom of the frame. Worrilow continued to step up in the big spot, this time leading off with a single to plate Shanda Kogut who was on second to begin the inning.
After shutting out the Lyons in the ninth, Aimee Casella scored off a throwing error by the Wheaton catcher after Moran layed down a sacrifice bunt. That gave Springfield the 3-2 victory.
Samantha Rhodes picked up the win as she pitched all nine innings, scattering eight hits and striking out three.
In the second game, Wheaton’s Andrea Bagley had her no-hitter broken up by Worrilow’s double with one out in the seventh as the Lyons slipped past the Pride in a 1-0 victory.
The lone run of the game came in the first inning when after Moran gunned out Benton at home. But the next batter, Marissa Hobocan, hit an RBI single to score Audrey Poulton. SC freshman Sarah Pongratz suffered the loss as she gave up 10 hits and just the one run in the game.