Loda's Big Day Leads No. 24 Softball to Non-Conference Sweep of Skidmore

Loda's Big Day Leads No. 24 Softball to Non-Conference Sweep of Skidmore

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - March 29, 2017 - The Springfield College softball team picked up a pair of non-conference wins over Skidmore College on Wednesday afternoon, taking the first of two, 12-1, in five innings, before besting the Thoroughbreds, 11-5, in six innings of game two.

With the win, Springfield College, which was No. 24 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Rankings, improves to 13-1 overall, while Skidmore falls to 4-10 with the two losses.

In the circle, junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) put forth another standout performance in game one, as she pitched 4.0 innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five, while picking up her second-career home run in game two, a two-run shot to center field. Loda posted a career-best five RBI in game two, totaling six RBI on the day.

Up next, Springfield College will play its first contest of the season on Potter Field on Friday, March 31 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

Springfield College 12, Skidmore 1 -- Game One

A combined effort of Loda in the circle, and four RBI from junior infielder Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) led the Pride to a 12-1 win over Skidmore in the first of two games on Wednesday afternoon.

Loda pitched 4.0 innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five, while senior Jordyn Moquin (Southington, Conn.) came on in relief and held the Thoroughbreds to just one hit to preserve the win for Springfield College. Along with Drobiak's impressive game at the plate, six other student-athletes registered one RBI, while Loda went 3-for-4 with and RBI and three runs scored.

After two scoreless innings to start the contest, Springfield College struck first with four runs in the top of the third, including RBI doubles from Drobiak and Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) to give the Pride a 4-0 lead. Springfield College tacked on three more in the top of the fourth on one swing of the bat from Drobiak, a three-run home run to score Loda and Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) to make it 7-0.

In the Pride's next at bat, Springfield College pushed its lead to 12 with five runs, including a RBI singles from Brianna Weltlich (Russell, Mass.), Loda and Moquin. Skidmore would get one back in the bottom of the fifth, but the 11-run advantage for the Pride proved enough to end the game after five innings.

Springfield College 11, Skidmore 5 -- Game Two

Senior pitcher Nicole Cring (Cooperstown, N.Y.) took the circle to start game two, and pitched 3.0 innings, striking out five, before sophomore pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) came on to pitch the final 3.0 innings, also striking out five to pick up her fourth win of the season.

At the plate, Wheeler went 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Loda picked up a career-best five RBI, including her second-career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the second inning.

The Pride got off to a quick start in game two, as Wheeler singled to center, scoring Gasdia, before Skidmore tacked on two in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 advantage. After Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) singled to third in the top of the second, Loda blasted one to center, which cleared the fence, giving Springfield College back its one-run lead. Gabby Alfieri (Corwall, N.Y.) would single to center later in the inning, plating Gasdia to make it 4-2, Pride, after two.

Springfield College would blow its lead open in the top of the fifth with six runs, highlighted by an RBI single from Mackenzie Navarro (Taunton, Mass.) and a two-run single from Loda, which scored Sastram and Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.), before the Pride score twice more on errors from the Thoroughbreds. 

Skidmore would score three in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-5 game, but Loda would pick up her sixth RBI of the day, a single to left that scored Sastram to seal the 11-5 win for the Pride.