Springfield, Mass. - April 3, 2017 - The Springfield College baseball team suffered a 10-4 setback to Westfield State in non-conference action on Monday afternoon at Berry-Allen Field.
With the loss, the Pride is now 6-5 overall, while the Owls improve to 10-4 with the win.
Springfield College was led by impressive offensive performances from Mark Joao (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) and Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.), as they each recorded a pair of hits and one RBI apiece, while Joao scored two runs and Drabinski one. In his first start since throwing a no hitter against Colby Sawyer, Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) pitched 4.0 innings, giving up just three hits while striking out five.
For Westfield State, John Gegetskas (Windsor, Conn.) got the start, and pitched 4.1 innings, striking out six, before Matt Nunes (Taunton, Mass.) came on to pitch 4.2 innings, striking out eight, en route to his second win of the year.
The Owls got on the board first when Dan Rokitowski (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) doubled to center, scoring Colin Dunn (Westfield, Mass.), before John Lippincott picked up an RBI when he flew out to center on an incredible diving catch from Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.), but Rokitowski was able to score to make it 2-0, Westfield State.
Springfield College earned one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Joao scored on a single to center off the bat of Shade. The Pride would get two more in the bottom of the fifth when Joao doubled to center, scoring Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.), before Drabinski followed with a single to left, scoring Joao.
From there, a four-run top of the sixth, including a three-run home run from Anthony Crowley (Bellingham, Mass.), pushed the Owls' lead to three, before Westfield State added a pair more in the top of the eighth to make it 9-3.
Springfield College cut its deficit to five when Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) drove in Drabinski, but the Owls scored once more in the top of the ninth to seal the win.
Up next, Springfield College will take on MIT in Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Shawn McFarland (The Springfield Student)