Softball Falls to Salve Regina, 7-4, in NCAA Championship Tournament Opening Round

Springfield, Mass. - May 12, 2017 - The Springfield College softball team dropped a 7-4 decision to Salve Regina in the opening contest of the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Regional, hosted on Potter Field on Friday afternoon.

With the loss, Springfield College falls to 32-10 overall, and will take on UMass Boston in Game 4 on Saturday. With the win, Salve Regina pushes its win streak to eight games, as it is now 26-11 on the season. The Seahawks will take on Amherst on Saturday in Game 3 at 9 a.m.

Sophomore Emily Woznick (Sandy Hook, Conn.) led the Seahawks in the batters box, as she recorded five RBI in the game, including a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. Woznick's home run on Friday marked the eighth of the season and the 11th of her career.

In the circle for Springfield College, junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) finished pitching 6.1 innings, giving up eight hits while striking out a pair. For the Seahawks, Kelsey Boarman (North Dighton, Mass.) had a strong outing, pitching a complete game, holding the Pride to three hits while striking out three.

Salve Regina took a two-run lead in the top of the third inning when Woznick roped a ball into right field, plating Francesca Galeazzi (Lynn, Mass.) and Lindsey Florent (New Bedford, Mass.). The Pride responded in the bottom half of the frame when Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) drew a walk, before Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) moved her to third with a single to right. Next up, Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) grounded out to second, but Gasdia was able to cross to cut Springfield College's deficit in half. 

The Seahawks regained its two-run lead in the top of the fourth inning when Galeazzi reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Lexi Soucie (North Easton, Mass.) to come home from third, giving Salve Regina a 3-1 lead. 

Sprignfield College pulled back to within one in the bottom of the fifth inning when Wheeler reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Loda from third to make it 3-2, Seahawks.

Salve Regina tacked on four insurance runs in the top of the seventh, including a three-run shot off the bat of Woznick to give the visitors a five-run lead, before Wheeler came up with a triple to right, scoring Gasdia and Drobiak to cut the Pride's deficit back to three in the bottom of the seventh. From there, Boarman was able to pick up the final two outs to seal the win. 

Amherst 11, UMass Boston 2 - Game Two

The Amherst College softball team scored runs in the bottom of the first, second and third inning to take an 11-run lead, en route to an 11-2 victory over UMass Boston in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Opening Round, played at Potter Field on the campus Springfield College.

With the win, the Mammoths improve to 29-10 on the year, while the Beacons fall to 28-12 overall. On Saturday, Amherst will take on Salve Regina at 9 a.m., with UMass Boston playing host Springfield College immediately after.

For Amherst, Gina Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) got the nod, and pitched 3.0 innings, holding the Beacons hitless while striking out four, before Jackie Buechler (San Diego, Calif.) came on in relief, and pitched 2.0 innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

The Beacons starter, Annie Thomas (Lunenburg, Mass.) only lasted 2.0 innings, as she gave up six runs on six hits before Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) came on to pitch the final 2.2 innings, giving up six hits as well.

The Mammoths were led offensively by Sammy Salustri (Pleasanton, Calif.), who went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored, while Kate Kopatic (Houston, Texas) and Annie Apffel (Mountain View, Calif.) notched two RBI apiece.

Amherst struck in the bottom of the first when Kopatic doubled to left, scoring Kyra Naftel (Santa Clarita, Calif.) from second base to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. Amherst pushed its lead to six with a five-run bottom of the second inning.

The rally in the bottom of the second started when Lauren Tuiskula (Leicester, Mass.) singled to left center, scoring Ally Kido (San Jose, Calif.), before Salustri stepped up and cleared the bases with a three-run triple to right center, making it 5-0, Mammoths. Next up, Kopatic singled up the middle, plating Salustri to make it 6-0, Amherst, after two.

The Mammoths pushed its lead to nine in the bottom of the third inning when Andrea Sanders (Bernardsville, N.J.) led the frame off with a triple to center, before Kido brought her in with a sacrifice fly to left. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Salustri stepped up and singled up the middle, plating Annie Murphy (Austin, Texas), before Naftel grounded out to second, scoring Julia Turner (Kirkland, Wash.) to complete the run.

The Beacons began to chip away at their deficit in the top of the fourth when Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass.) grounded out to second, scoring Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas), before Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) drove her third home run of the season over the center field fence to make it 9-2, Mammoths.