Winter Haven, Fla. - March 12, 2017 - The Springfield College baseball team was edged by Lesley, 4-3, in a rain-shortened contest on Saturday afternoon in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The game was called after five innings, and due to the heavy rain in the area, the nightcap of the twinbill was also canceled.
Colin King (Berlin, Conn.) had a great start to the season for the Pride, going 3-for-3, while Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored. Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) tossed the first 4.0 innings, scattering six hits and striking out four while giving up one earned run. Jack Weinberger (Sunapee, N.H.) was charged the loss after allowing three earned runs off five hits in 1.1 innings of work.
After Lesley led off the game with a triple which eventually resulted in the game's first run, Springfield responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Russo evened the game at one as his two-out single plated Patrick Coan (Pawcatuck, Conn.). Two batters later, Mark Joao (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) stepped up with the bases loaded and a delivered single which allowed Russo to cross home plate to give Springfield a 2-1 advantage.
Lesley answered with three runs in the top of the fifth, using consecutive singles to start the frame. After Weinberger picked up a strike out, the Lynx produced two more singles, and benefited from a Springfield error en route to the go-ahead runs.
The Pride added a run in the bottom half of the fifth when Nick LeDuc (Belchertown, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch. LeDuc had entered the game as a pinch runner for Mike Jamieson (New Fairfield, Conn.), who got the inning going with a double.
However, the rain picked up in the sixth and the game was umpires called the remainder of the game, as well as the second meeting between the two teams that was scheduled for later in the afternoon.
Springfield will hit the diamond again on Monday morning when it squares off against Olivet at 9 am.