SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 7, 2008 – Samantha Rhodes pitched her first career no-hitter in game #1, and then recorded her first save of the season in game #2 as she guided the Springfield College softball team to 10-0 and 8-5 victories over Smith College in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference action this afternoon at sunny Potter Field.
With the wins, Springfield evened its record all around to 11-11 overall and 5-5 in the NEWMAC. Smith, meanwhile, fell to 6-14, 2-6.
Rhodes, a junior lefthander from Mendon, Mass., pitched to only one batter over the minimum in game #1 as Springfield mercied Smith in five innings, 10-0. Rhodes struck out six and walked none in the contest. The only Smith baserunner came in the first inning as a result of an error by the third baseman.
Certainly not to be overlooked was Springfield freshman first baseman Jessica Hillman (Seymour, Conn.), who went 6-for-7 with five RBI’s and three runs scored on the day.
Springfield was in control right from the outset in game #1, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Pride added three more in the third, and four more in the fourth. Smith would have had to score at least two runs in the top of the fifth to extend the game.
In the first inning, senior 2B Denise Fumicello (Brockton, Mass.) doubled to lead off. She scored one out later on a double by sophomore RF Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.). Hillman also had an RBI single in the inning.
In the third inning, SC scored on RBI singles by Hillman, junior LF Amanda Lyons (Eastchester, N.Y.), and senior 3B Lauren D’Arrigo (Lexington, Mass.). Two errors aided the rally.
And in the fourth, the Pride scored runs on RBI singles by Hillman, Lyons, and D’Arrigo, plus an RBI on a groundout by sophomore shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.).
For Rhodes, now 8-4, her previous best outing came in her freshman year when she pitched a one-hitter in a 1-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State.
In the second game, the story was different from the outset, as Smith capitalized by scoring three runs on just one hit and two errors in the very first inning. Sophomore 3B Megan Kiefer (Oak Park, Ill.) led off with a walk, and eventually came around on a suicide squeeze/fielder’s choice by senior shortstop Kate Schoenen (Ellicott City, Md.). Smith scored twice more after two were out on errors. Springfield freshman starter Sarah Pongratz (Winchester, Mass.) was pulled after just 2/3 of an inning pitched, replaced by fellow freshman Katie Anderson (Andover Mass.), who settled things down for the Pride for awhile.
Springfield came back with two in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Worrilow and a solo home run by sophomore catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.).
Springfield scored two more in the third on an RBI single by Hillman and an RBI ground out by Moran. The Pride added two more in the fifth on a booming double by Worrilow.
The Pioneers came back with one in the fifth to close it to 6-4. Senior catcher Taryn Pestalozzi (Troutdale, Ore.) knocked in that run with a single. Rhodes came in to relieve Anderson in that inning, giving up the hit to Pestalozzi.
Springfield came back with one in the fifth, scoring the run on a wild pitch.
In the sixth, SC scored once more, making it 8-4, on a single by Wlosek and a double by Hillman. In the seventh, Smith added a final run on a single, an error, and an RBI single by junior LF Erin Quinn (Northbrook, Ill.).
Anderson, now 2-4, picked up the win for Springfield.
For Smith, senior righthander Dezarai Fisher (Phoenix, Ariz.) threw every pitch on the afternoon for her team, giving up 18 runs on 26 hits. She is now 2-9.
Springfield will next host MCLA for a doubleheader Tuesday at 3:30 pm (please note that change of venue). On Wednesday, Smith will host Williams for two at 4 pm.