Lakeland, Fla. - March 13, 2018 - Behind an impressive offensive performance from Mark Joao (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) and a great pitching effort from Nick Naples (Berlin, Conn.), the Springfield College baseball team picked up its third win in Florida, racing past Gordon, 14-1.
With the win, the Pride is 4-2-1, while Gordon falls to 1-6 on the year.
Naples pitched 5.0 innings, giving up just two hits while striking out six, before Kenny Walton (New Providence, Pa.) came on to pitch the final 2.0 frames, striking out three. Offensively, Joao went 3-for-4 at the dish with four RBI.
Springfield College got to work in the top of the first inning when Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) singled to short, scoring Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.), before Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.) drove in Rivest on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Then Logan Barrett (Petersham, Mass.) scored Joao on a grounder to third base to make it 3-0 after one.
The Pride added three more in the top of the third as Bleakley picked up his second RBI of the day on a single to right, scoring Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.), before Barrett drove in his second of the day with a single through the left side to make it 5-0. From there, Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) drove in Barrett to push the Pride's lead to six.
After Joao homered in the top of the fourth to make it 7-0, the Pride added three in the top of the fifth when the senior cleared the bases with a triple to left to push the Pride's lead to 10. Joao would come around to score on a single from Matt Fraioli (Stamford, Conn.) to make it 11-0.
In the top of the six, Shade drove in Russo, forcing a 12-0 advantage for Springfield College, before Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) singled, allowing Fraioli to come home to wrap up the day's scoring.
Springfield College will return to action on Wednesday, March 14 when it takes on Eastern Connecticut at 1:30 p.m.