Westfield, Mass. - April 18, 2018 - Sophomore's Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) and Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) both earned their first-career victories as the Springfield College softball team swept Westfield State in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The Pride, which won the first game, 2-1, and second game, 7-4, improve to 21-9 overall. Westfield State is now 7-15 on the year.
Next, the Pride will travel to Babson College for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader that will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 20.
Springfield College 2, Westfield State 1 -- Game One
Wheeler earned her first-career win in the circle as she pitched 4.0 innings, giving up just three hits and one earned run while striking out four. Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) came in for the last 3.0 frames, and held the Owls to one hit while striking out four as well.
Offensively, the Pride was led by Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), who went 2-for-4, while Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) notched her second home run of the year in the top of the first inning, a two-run shot to lift the Pride to victory.
Senior Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) singled to lead off the inning, before Drobiak reached on a fielder's choice. Next up, Vargas homered to drive in a pair, giving the Pride a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Westfield State got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Karly Mastello (Russell, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1, Pride.
From there, Springfield College locked down defensively to seal the one-run win over the Owls.
Springfield College 7, Westfield State 4 -- Game Two
Valenti pitched a complete game to also pick up her first-career win, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs, while also striking out four. Drobiak was 2-for-4 in game two with a pair of RBI, while Wheeler was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Pride.
Wheeler hit her second home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the second to give the Pride a 1-0 lead, before in the top of the third, Gasdia singled to center, scoring Valenti and giving Springfield College a 2-0 advantage.
After the Owls got two back to pull even in the bottom of the third, Drobiak drove a single to right to plate Valenti for the Pride's third run of the game. The Owls answered once again in the bottom of the sixth with a run that made it 3-3, before Springfield College responded with a four-run top of the seventh to take a 7-3 lead.
Drobiak singled, scoring Valenti for the third time, giving the Pride a 4-3 lead, before Wheeler drove in Drobiak and Gasdia with a single to center, making it 6-3. Later in the inning, Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) doubled to center field, plating Wheeler and Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.) to make it 7-3, Pride.
Westfield State would get a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally fell short, resulting in a 7-4 victory for the Owls.