Kissimmee, Fla. - March 12, 2017 - Opening its 2017 campaign on Spring Break in Florida, the Springfield College softball team picked up a pair of wins over The College of New Jersey and Utica on Sunday morning at the Oren Brown Community Park.
With the wins, Springfield College is off to a 2-0 start for the second-straight year. Springfield College's first win of the day marked the first-career victory for the Diane L. Potter '57 Head Softball Coach at Springfield College, Kate Bowen, who took over the program in the fall of 2016.
Junior Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) led the Pride on the day, as she picked up four hits in nine at bats, and registered five RBI. Highlighting Drobiak's performance was a walk-off double in the bottom of the tenth inning in the Pride's 4-3 triumph over TCNJ.
Up next, Springfield College will take on Wooster and St. Norbert at 11:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13.
Springfield 4, TCNJ 3 - Final 10 Innings - Game One
Drobiak delivered a one-out double off of the left-center field fence and drove in a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Springfield College softball program to a 4-3 walk-off victory over The College of New Jersey on Sunday morning at the Oren Brown Community Park in Kissimmee, Fla.
Along with Drobiak's impressive day at the plate, junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) was equally as impressive in the circle, as she pitched a complete game, giving up just one hit while striking out three. Loda carried a no-hitter into the top of the 10th inning, before it was interrupted by Colleen Phelan (Tinton Falls, N.J.), who picked up a pinch-hit single.
The Lions struck first in the top of the second inning when Jess Santelli (Hillsborough, N.J.) drew a walk, before a sacrifice bunt from Gaby Bennett (Hamilton, N.J.) moved her to second. After loading the bases, Loda hit Danielle Carey (Maple Shade, N.J.) with a pitch to move Santelli across home.
It took until the bottom of the fifth inning for Springfield College to get on the board, but freshman Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) broke the silence with a double off the left field fence, before Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) dropped one in behind short to score the freshman from second to make it 1-1.
Still even after seven innings, the two sides went into extras, and after a scoreless eighth, Madison Levine (Oakland, N.J.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Bennett to third, before Jenna Schwartz(Branchburg, N.J.) grounded out to second, plating Bennett to give TCNJ a 2-1 lead.
Facing another one-run deficit in the bottom half of the frame, Wheeler drilled a ball to deep left, which was caught, but Jordyn Moquin (Southington, Conn.) was able to tag up and even the score at two apiece, forcing a tenth inning.
After Loda surrendered another run to the Lions in the top of the tenth, Padroff laid down a bunt that resulted in a single, but also moved Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) to third. After Padroff advanced to second on a ground out to third, and drawn walk from Loda to load the bases, Drobiak roped a double to the left-center gap to seal the 4-3 win for the Pride.
Springfield College 6, Utica 1 -- Game Two
Drobiak continued her hot start to the season at the dish, as she went 3-for-4 in game two and drove in three runs, leading the Pride to a 6-1 victory over Utica in the second leg of Sunday's doubleheader.
With the win, the Pride moved to 2-0, while competing for the first time this season, the Pioneers fell to 0-1.
Sophomore pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) got the nod in game two, and pitched 3.0 solid innings, before senior Nicole Cring (Cooperstown, N.Y.) took over and hurled 4.0 innings, picking up two strikeouts while only allowing three hits.
After the Pioneers took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second off of an RBI single from Samantha Whitehouse (Greenwich, N.Y.), the Pride would even the score in the top of the fourth when Alicia Pavadore (Taunton, Mass.) flew out to left, but plated Drobiak to make it 1-1.
Springfield College would open things up in the top of the fifth when Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) scored on an error at first, before Drobiak singled to right center, driving in Loda and Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) to give the Pride a 4-1 lead.
Springfield College would add to its lead in the top of the seventh when Drobiak laced a single up the middle, plating Loda, before Drobiak scored on an error by the catcher to make it 6-1, Pride.