Loda Pitches Second-Consecutive Complete Game Shutout; No. 19 Softball Splits With Babson

Loda Pitches Second-Consecutive Complete Game Shutout; No. 19 Softball Splits With Babson

Babson Park, Mass. - April 15, 2017 - Behind another dominating pitching performance from junior Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.), the nationally-ranked Springfield College softball team split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with Babson College on Saturday at Alumni Field.

The Pride took the first of two games, 5-0, before falling in the second leg of Saturday's doubleheader, 4-0.

With the split, Springfield College, which was ranked No. 19 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is now 24-6 on the year, with a 10-4 mark in NEWMAC play, while Babson is now 19-10 overall with a 9-5 record against league opponents.

Up next, Springfield College will return to Potter Field on Wednesday, April 19 when it will host Westfield State at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in non-conference play.

Springfield College 5, Babson 0 -- Game One

After pitching a complete-game shutout in the Pride's win over Clark on Friday afternoon, Loda was strong for Springfield College again on Saturday, as she pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just three hits in a 5-0 win over Babson in game one at Alumni Field.

Loda, who improved to 13-1 on the year, has now picked up the most amount of wins for a Springfield College student-athlete since Jennifer Joseph's 17 wins in 2013. 

Offensively, five players recorded at least one RBI, as Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.) went 3-for-4 in the nine spot for the Pride. 

Springfield College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second when Loda grounded out to third, scoring Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.), who reached earlier in the inning with a single to the left side. Next up, Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) dropped a sacrifice bunt back to the circle that scored Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) to push the Pride's lead to a pair.

The Pride would add another run in the top of the sixth on an RBI double from Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), before Springfield picked up two more in the top of the seventh on an RBI double from Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) and a sacrifice fly from Padroff to seal the win.

Babson 4, Springfield College 0 -- Game Two

Babson tallied runs in the bottom of the second, third and fourth innings to push its lead to four, an advantage the hosts would hold for the remainder of the game as Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) earned her 11th win of the season.

In the cirle for the Pride, Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) got the nod and pitched 4.0 innings, giving up six hits, while Nicole Cring (Cooperstown, N.Y.) came in for the final 2.0 frames, giving up just two hits while fanning two batters.

The Pride was limited to just four hits in game two, as Gasdia went 2-for-3 in the contest.

Babson scored its first run in the bottom of the second when Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) scored on a ground out, before the Beavers pushed its lead to three in the bottom of the third when Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) singled to left, plating a pair.

Babson picked up an insurance run in the fourth when Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) poked one up the middle, scoring Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) to seal the 4-0 win for the green and white.