Auburndale, Fla. - March 20, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team was only able to muster six hits, as the Pride dropped its second contest in as many days, a 12-3 result to Nichols College at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Wednesday.
With the loss, the Pride is now 3-4 on the year, while the Bisons improve to 8-5 overall.
Freshman Ben Arnold (Deerfield, Mass.) got the nod and pitched 2.2 innings, giving up just six hits while striking out three. Zach Kerr (Niskayuna, N.Y.) came on in relief and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up just four hits and one earned run while striking out a pair. Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) came on to pitch the final 2.0 innings for the maroon and white.
Nichols starter, Brendan Duffy (Stratford, Conn.) and Brodie Altiere (North Adams, Mass.) both hurled 4.0 frames for the Bisons and held Springfield College to just six hits, before Jack Dicenso (Norfolk, Mass.) came on to get the final three outs, sealing the win.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Russo led off the frame with a stand-up triple, before Cooney drove a ball to center, which was caught, but Russo was able to score to make it 1-0, Pride.
Nichols used a five-run top of the third inning to take a 5-1 lead over Springfield College, but the maroon and white was able to cut its deficit down to a pair in the bottom of the inning when Russo led off with a double, before Cooney drove him in with a double of his own, before the sophomore came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.).
The Bisons would add two more runs with one apiece in the top of the fifth and the top of the sixth to take a 7-3 lead over the Pride, before rattling off five more in the top of the ninth inning to take a 12-3 advantage over the Pride.
Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Mark Serricchio (Stamford, Conn.) drew a walk, before moving to third on an error at third base. Serrichio would come around to score later in the frame to make it a 12-4 game, but the Pride's really fell short, resulting in an eight-run loss.
Up next, Springfield College will face No. 8 Southern Maine at 12 p.m. at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex on Thursday, March 21.
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