Springfield, Mass. - March 5, 2018 - Junior Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) registered a pair of RBI but the Springfield College baseball team fell to Westfield State, 4-2, on Monday afternoon at Archie Allen Field. With the loss, the Pride is now 1-1 on the year, while the Owls pick up their first win of the season and improve to 1-2.
Sophomore Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) got the nod for the Pride and pitched 6.0 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs, while also striking out three. Senior Ken Manero (Hudson, Mass.) came on to pitch 1.2 frames of no-hit ball, before Jack Weinberger (Sunapee, N.H.) came on to pitch the final 1.1 innings, giving up an earned run.
Westfield State gave Nate Barnes (Westfield, Mass.) the ball to start, as the graduate student pitched 5.0 frames, while giving up five hits and two earned runs while also striking out seven. Vincenzo Camera (East Haven, Conn.) came on in relief and pitched three innings, giving up two hits while striking out a pair. Jamie Butler (Waterbury, Conn.) came in for the ninth and picked up his first save of the year, striking out two.
Westfield State got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Jake Gibb (Stoughton, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Kyle Murphy (Westfield, Mass.) to make it 1-0, before Anthony Crowley (Bellingham, Mass.) drilled a double to left, scoring John Lippincott (Barkhamstead, Conn.), giving the Owls a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third.
After Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) doubled down the right field line to put runners on second and third, Drabinski singled up the middle, scoring Gleason and Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) to even the score at two apiece in the bottom of the fifth.
Westfield State responded in the ensuing inning, as Alex Lafayette (Ludlow, Mass.) doubled to left, scoring Lippincott to give the Owls a slight 3-2 advantage in the top of the sixth.
Crowley would take on an insurance run for the Owls in the top of the eighth when the junior scored on a wild pitch, making it 4-2, Westfield State, in the late stages of the contest.
Springfield College will return to Archie Allen Field on Tuesday, March 6 when it will host another game with Westfield State at 3 p.m.