Springfield, Mass. - May 13, 2017 - The Springfield College softball team saw its season come to a close on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride fell to UMass Boston in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament, 3-1, on Potter Field.
With the loss, the Pride finish with an overall record of 32-11, the program's best season since it went 33-12 in 2003. Springfield College's 32 wins marks the third most in program history dating back to 1964.
Sophomore pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) took the circle for the Pride and had a strong outing, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs while also striking out three Beacons batters. For UMass Boston, Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) improved to 20-7 on the year as she pitched a complete game, giving up just seven hits while holding Springfield College to just one run.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) crushed her eighth home run of the season over the center-field fence, before the Beacons responded with a pair in the bottom of the frame on RBI hits from Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) and Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.).
UMass Boston tacked on one in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Beacons loaded the bases, before Raczkowski drilled one back at the circle, which hit off the foot of Allen, allowing Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) to come home, giving UMass Boston a 3-1 lead.
The Pride was unable to manufacture runs in the remaining frames, as UMass Boston sealed the 3-1 win to advance to take on Salve Regina in Game 5 of the tournament.
Amherst 2, Salve Regina 0 -- Game #3
The Amherst College Softball team picked up a 2-0 win over Salve Regina in Game 3 of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament Regional, hosted at Potter Field on the campus of Springfield College.
With the win, the Mammoths remain unbeaten on the national stage, and improve to 30-10 overall. This marks the first time that the Amherst College softball program has reached the 30-win plateau since the 2012 season when it went 36-6. With the loss, Salve Regina drops to 26-12 and will wait to take on the winner of Game 4 between Springfield College and UMass Boston.
For Amherst, Gina Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) improved to 19-4 overall as she pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up just three hits and striking out seven Salve Regina batters.
Her counterpart, Kelsey Boarman (North Dighton, Mass.) pitched 7.0 innings for the Seahawks, and gave up just six hits in her fourth loss of the year. Boarman's record now stands at 18-4.
Amherst got on the board in the top of the second inning when Andrea Sanders (Bernardsville, N.J.) singled to short, before moving to third base on a pair of groundouts from Julia Turner (Kirkland, Wash.) and Alena Marovitz (Northbrook, Ill.). Next up, Ally Kido (San Jose, Calif.) dropped one in behind first base, allowing Sanders to come home to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead.
Amherst doubled its lead in the top of the fourth inning when Marovitz drew a walk with two outs, before Scout Boynton (Concord, Mass.) took advantage of a defensive mishap from Salve Regina when she stole home to make it 2-0, Mammoths.
Showing their resiliency, Salve Regina was pressing in the bottom of the sixth inning when Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.) stole third to put runners on second and third with one out, but Pagan locked in forced two outs to get out of the jam unscathed.
Taking the circle in the bottom of the seventh, Pagan was able to shut the door on the Seahawks, as she struck out the final two batters of the contest.
UMass Boston 4, Salve Regina 2 -- Game #5
With one runner on in the bottom of the seventh inning, UMass Boston's Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) took one deep to left field to lift the Beacons to its second win of the day, a 4-2 walk-off victory over Salve Regina in Game 5 of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament Regional, hosted at Potter Field on the campus of Springfield College.
With the win, UMass Boston is now 30-12 overall and will advance to the Regional Championship game, where it will take on Amherst at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. The Beacons' 30 wins marks the most in program history, as under the direction of Natalia Ardagna, UMass Boston has now won 52 games in the past two seasons. With the loss, Salve Regina's season comes to a close, as the Seahawks finish their season with a record of 26-13.
Building on her strong performance against Springfield College, Greenspan pitched a complete-game one-hitter to earn her 21st win of the year, while Kelsey Boarman took the loss, finishing the season with a record of 18-5.
UMass Boston struck first in the bottom of the first inning when a defensive mishap from Salve Regina resulted in two runs for the Beacons, a lead it would hold until the top of the sixth inning when the Seahawks rallied, pushing two across the plate on a pair of fielders choices from Elizabeth Lombardo (Thomaston, Conn.) and Riley.
After Greenspan limited the damage in the sixth and got out of the frame, the Beacons went back to work in the bottom of the seventh, when Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) beat out an infield single before Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass.) moved her over via a sacrifice bunt. Next up, Vento drilled her fourth home run of the season and second of the tournament to lift UMass Boston to victory.