Norton, Mass. - April 22, 2017 - The Springfield College softball team split a pair of games with Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Clark Softball Field.
With the split, Springfield College, which was receiving votes in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Rankings, is now 26-7 and is 11-5 against NEWMAC opponents, while the Lyons are now 16-14 on the year, with a mark of 11-5 in league play.
Junior infielder Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) had another career day for the Pride, as she drove in seven runs to push her season total to 43, while Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) earned her NEWMAC-best 14th win of the year in game one.
Next, Springfield College will return to Potter Field on Sunday, April 23 when it will take on Wellesley in another NEWMAC doubleheader at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Springfield College 10, Wheaton (Mass.) 2 -- Game One
Loda pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just six hits while striking out four to improve to 14-1 on the year, while Drobiak went 4-for-5 at the dish with two RBI to lead the Pride to a game-one victory over Wheaton, 10-2, at Clark Softball Field on Saturday afternoon.
Springfield College got to work early in the top of the first inning when Drobiak grounded out, but Loda crossed home, before Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Later in the inning, Conley doubled to right, scoring Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) to complete the three-run inning.
The Pride doubled its lead in the top of the third inning when Conley tripled to right center to score Jen Slane (Tolland, Conn.), before Cox plated Conley with a single to right. Next up, Loda singled to left, scoring Cox to make it 6-0, Pride.
Springfield College tacked on twom ore in the top of the sixth on RBI from Conley and Cox, before the Lyons got on the board with a pair in the bottom half of the frame.
In the top of the seventh, Drobiak doubled to right to score Gasdia, before the junior came around on a double from Wheeler to seal the 10-2 win.
Wheaton (Mass.) 9, Springfield College 8 -- Game Two (8 Innings)
Drobiak continued her impressive day at the plate in game two as she went 3-for-4 with five RBI, but the Pride fell to Wheaton, 9-8, in the second leg of Saturday's doubleheader, as the Lyons used a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth to force the split.
Jordyn Moquin (Southington, Conn.) started the contest for the Pride and pitched 3.0 innings, before Nicole Cring (Cooperstown, N.Y.) came on to pitch 2.0 frames, giving up just five hits. Freshman Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) pitched the next 2.0 innings, striking out a pair.
Much like it did in game one, Springfield College jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, as Drobiak cleared the fence with a three-run shot to score Gasdia and Loda. After Wheaton countered with one in the bottom of the frame, the Lyons took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Caroline Fairbanks (Milford, Mass.).
Springfield College responded with three runs in the top of the fourth to take back a 6-4 lead, as Drobiak drilled a two-run double to the left-center gap, but Wheaton rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-6 lead over the Pride after five.
Gasdia picked up her second home run of the year, a two-run blast, to make it 8-8 in the top of the sixth, a score that would remain until Wheaton's Mary DeMoura (Boston, Mass.) drove in Chloe Woodward (Bellingham, Mass.) on a sacrifice pop up to first to lift Wheaton to victory.