Boston, Mass. - March 20, 2017 - Springfield College's Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) and Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) have been recognized for their standout performances this past week, as the duo earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball Weekly Honors, announced by the conference on Monday.
Loda, a junior pitcher and Applied Exercise Science major at Springfield College, was named the NEWAC Softball Pitcher of the Week, while Gasdia, a junior outfielder and Athletic Training major at Springfield College, was named the NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Week. It was a special week for the Pride, as Springfield College posted a record of 9-1 in 10 games played as part of their annual Spring Break trip in Florida.
Loda was dominant in four starts last week, as she helped lead the Pride to a 9-1 start to the season, its best since the 1996 season. Loda went 4-0 on the week with an ERA of 0.84, pitched 25.0 innings, and held opponents to just four runs, three of which were earned. Loda, who pitched a pair of complete games, and had a pair of shutouts, also fanned 12 batters on the week. At the plate, Loda went 9-for-29 in the lead off spot, hitting for an average of .310. She also drove in five runs and scored seven.
Gasdia was instrumental in leading the Pride to a 9-1 record on Spring Break in Kissimmee, Fla. to start the season, its best start since the 1996 season. At the plate, Gasdia went a combined 18-for-27, hitting .667 with an on-base percentage of .700 and a slugging percentage of .741. Gasdia's week ncluded a pair of doubles, five RBi and 10 runs scored. Gasdia also stole seven bases without being caught. Defensively, Gasdia had five put outs and two assists, while making no errors.