SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - April 18, 2008 -- Samantha Rhodes pitched two complete-game victories to lead her Springfield College softball team to 6-3 and 8-0 wins over Babson College this afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action at SC's Potter Field.
With the wins, Springfield has upped its overall record to 21-13, and to 9-5 in NEWMAC play. Babson, meanwhile, falls to 20-16 overall, and is also 9-5 in the league. The Pride has now won 12 of its last 14 games, and finds itself in a tie for third place in the conference with Babson with two league games to go tomorrow at MIT (starting at 12 noon).
Rhodes, a junior lefthander from Mendon, Mass., has been on fire lately. She has won her last eight consecutive starts, including the two today. She is now 15-4 overall. In game #1, she allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out three and walking two. In game #2, she was even more effective, allowing just four hits in the 8-0 mercied 5-inning contest, while striking out two and walking one. In both games, Springfield took early leads.
In the first game, Springfield jumped out to a 3-0 advantage after the first two innings. In the first inning, a two-out double by junior DP Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) plated one run in the first. A two-run home run by junior CF Angie Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.) scored two more in the second.
The Babson Beavers came right back with two in the top of the third. Babson executed a perfect first-and-third double steal to tally its first run, with senior pitcher Jess Byrn (Safety Harbor, Fla.) scoring the run. Moments later, junior shortstop Kaitlyn Clark (Ramsey, N.J.) scored on a double by freshman 1B Jess Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.), making it 3-2, SC.
Springfield came back to add three runs in the bottom of the fifth, as freshman 1B Jessica Hillman (Seymour, Conn.) smashed a clutch two-out three-RBI double off the wall in left-center on a 3-2 pitch, putting SC in the lead, 6-2.
Babson did not go quietly in the 7th, adding one run on a two-out RBI single by Clark. But a ground out to second ended it.
Babson outhit Springfield, 7-6, in that game. Both teams committed two errors. Clark wound up 3-for-3 for the Beavers. Winer and junior Courtney Thurston (Taunton, Mass.) were both 2-for-3. Byrn took the loss on the mound and is now 11-8. She struck out three and walked four. Spiro was 2-for-3 for the home team. Hillman finished with those three big RBI's.
In the second game, Springfield took an immediate 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by sophomore catcher Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) to left field. Atkins had walked earlier. It was Wlosek's 7th round-tripper of the year.
Springfield then added three runs in the third, all unearned. After the first two batters made outs, Atkins singled, and moved up one base on a single by Hillman. Wlosek then walked. A ground ball then went through the legs of the third baseman, scoring one run, everyone moving up a base. Sophomore shortstop Jaimie Moran (Manchester, Conn.) then hit a pop-up right behind the second baseman who was called off by the rightfielder. That ball was dropped for an error, and with the runners all moving, Springfield added two more runs.
The Pride finished it off with three more runs in the fifth, all off starting sophomore righthander Danielle Liska (Seymour, Conn.). Atkins led with a double, and Hillman singled her to third. Wlosek then singled in SC's sixth run. A ground out by Spiro then put runners on second and third with one out. Moran then singled to plate the seventh run, and promptly stole second, again placing runners on second and third with one out. It finally ended when senior 3B Lauren D'Arrigo (Lexington, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly to medium deep center field, scoring pinch-runner Laura Riccio (Bristol, Conn.) from third.
In game #2, Atkins was 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Hillman went 2-for-3. Wlosek was 2-for-2 with three RBI's and two runs scored. SC outhit Babson, 7 to 4. For Babson, sophomore outfielder Michelle Bolduc (Darien, Conn.) went 2-for-2.