Kissimmee, Fla. - March 14, 2016 - The Springfield College softball team split a pair of decisions on Tuesday, as the Pride defeated Westminster (Pa.), 6-0, in its morning contest before falling to Cornell College, 7-3, in the afternoon at the Osceola County Softball Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.
Traveling annually to Florida for Spring Break, the Pride is now 5-1, and matches its best start since the 2014 season.
Highlighting the Pride's two contests were junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.), who pitched 6.0 innings in game one, giving up just four hits while also striking out four batters, and junior infielder Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), who went a combined 4-for-6 with four RBI, while also scoring once.
Up next, Springfield College will take on Lesley University at 9 a.m. and William Paterson at 1:30 p.m. at the Oren Brown Community Park on Thursday, March 14.
Springfield College 6, Westminster (Pa.) 0
The Springfield College softball team picked up its fifth-consecutive win to start the 2017 campaign, as the Pride defeated Westminster (Pa.) in its first game on Tuesday morning at the Osceola County Softball Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.
Leading the Pride was the duo of Drobiak and Mackenzie Navarro (Taunton, Mass.) as they each registered a pair of RBI, while junior Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) improved to 3-0 on the year, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up just four hits while striking out four. In her first collegiate appearance, freshman Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) came in for the seventh and retired the side, picking up a pair of strikeouts to seal the victory.
After Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) bunted for a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, Drobiak roped a fly ball to right, which was caught, but Gasdia was able to tag up and get home to give the Pride an early 1-0 lead. Springfield College would add to its lead in the bottom of the second when Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) and Alicia Pavadore (Taunton, Mass.) both drew walks to begin the frame, before Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) doubled to right center, scoring Pavadore from second.
With Drobiak and Gasdia on base in the bottom of the third, the Pride pushed its lead to four when Navarro laced a two-run double down the left field line. Springfield College got its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth, when Drobiak doubled to center, plating Gasdia from second, before Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) pinch ran and crossed the plate on a defensive mishap from the Titans.
Cornell College 7, Springfield College 3
Seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning proved costly for the Pride, as Cornell College handed Springfield College its first loss of the season, a 7-3 setback in the latter half of the Pride's doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, the Pride is now 5-1 on the year, while the Rams improve to 5-2 overall.
Sophomore pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) took the loss, as she went for 4.1 innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits while striking out four. Valenti came on in relief and pitched 1.2 innings giving up three hits and two earned runs while striking out a pair.
For the Rams, Jesse Applehans (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was effective, as she pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just three runs to the Pride.
Springfield College got to Applehans early, as the Pride picked up two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Drobiak doubled to right center, scoring Loda and Gasdia. The maroon and white would tack on another in the bottom of the second when Conley beat out an infield single to second base, before Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) was able to sneak home to make it 3-0, Springfield College.
Cornell's big inning came in the bottom of the fifth, where it picked up all seven of its runs, highlighted by a sacrifice bunt from Kendra Christensen (Lakewood, Colo.) to plate Stephanie Xavier (Aurora, Colo.), who was running on the play.
Springfield College showed late life, as the Pride would put runners on in the top of the sixth and seventh, but was unable to score as the Rams sealed the 7-3 win.