Boston, Mass. - April 3, 2017 - Juniors Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) and Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) of the Springfield College softball team were recognized for their impressive performances this past week, as they garnered New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball weekly honors.
Loda, an Applied Exercise Science major at Springfield College, was named the NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week, while Drobiak picked up her first NEWMAC Softball weekly honor of the year, being named Co-Player of the Week. After her impressive performances, Loda was also named the ECAC Division III New England Pitcher of the Week.
Loda picked up her seventh and eighth win in the circle last week, leading the Pride to four wins over Skidmore and Emerson. Starting game one against Skidmore, Loda pitched 4.0 innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five, before picking up another win against Emerson on Sunday, pitching 7.0 innings, giving up five hits and striking out six. It was also a productive week at the plate for Loda, as she went 8-for-17 leading off, batting .471 with eight RBI and seven runs scored. In Springfield's doubleheader against Skidmore, Loda went 6-for-9, scored six runs, drove in six, including a career-best five in game two, and hit her second career-home run to lead the Pride to victory.
Drobiak had another impressive week for the nationally-ranked Pride, as it picked up four more wins to improve to 15-1 overall. Drobiak went 7-for-14 at the plate, hitting .500 with an on-base percentage of .588 and slugging percentage of .857. The Physician Assistant major also scored four runs, drove in eight and walked three times. Of her seven hits, two were doubles, and one was a three-run home run to help Springfield College to a 12-1 win at Skidmore on Wednesday.
The No.24-ranked Springfield College softball team will play its first contest on Potter Field on Monday, April 3 as it will host WPI at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.