Babson Park, Mass. - April 20, 2018 - Behind a dominant pitching performance from Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) in game one, the Springfield College softball team was able to defeat Babson, 4-1, but dropped the second game to the Beavers, 4-2, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at Alumni Field.
With the split, Springfield College is now 22-10 on the year with an 8-8 record in league play, while the Beavers are now 20-11 overall and 11-5 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield College will play its final home doubleheader of the regular season on Saturday, April 20 when the Pride plays host to Smith at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Springfield College 4, Babson 1 -- Game One
Loda pitched a complete game, giving up just three hits and one run en route to her 11th victory of the season. The senior also had three strikeouts in the win. Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) was 1-for-3 with two RBI on the afternoon, while Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) was 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
It took until the fifth inning for either side to get on the board, but the Pride finally broke through when Padroff singled down the right-field line, plating Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) to give Springfield College a 1-0 lead. A few batters later, Vargas singled through the right side, scoring Padroff, while Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) scored on a throwing error by the pitcher to give the Pride a 3-0 cushion. Vargas would drive in Springfield College's fourth run in the top of the seventh, when she drove a ball to left, which was caught, but Padroff was able to tag and score to make it 4-0, Pride.
Babson initiated a rally in the bottom of the seventh, and was able to get one run back, but Loda shut the door to seal the victory.
Babson College 4, Springfield College 2 -- Game Two
Senior Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) went 3-for-4 in the lead-off position, while Drobiak, Vargas and Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.) all had two hits apiece. Ball scored the Pride's two runs during the setback. Junior Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) took the loss as she went for 6.0 innings, givinng up five hits and four earned runs while striking out three.
Springfield College took the lead in the top of the third when Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) singled to right, plating Ball to give the Pride a 1-0 lead, but Babson would counter with a pair in the bottom half of the frame, getting RBI from Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.), who got hit with a pitch with the bases loaded, before Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) grounded out to second, allowing for Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) to score.
Mares would score again in the bottom of the fifth on a triple down the right field line off the bat of Quine, before the Beavers made it 4-1 on a sacrifice fly from Tango to score Quine from third.
Drobiak singled to left, scoring Ball in the top of the seventh, but the rally fell short with Babson prevailing, 4-2.