Kissimmee, Fla. - March 13, 2018 - The Springfield College softball team earned its fifth and sixth wins of the season on Tuesday afternoon at the Fortune Road Sports Complex, as the Pride defeated Cortland, 6-2, before edging Webster, 2-1.
Leading the Pride offensively was Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.), who was a combined 4-for-7 on the day with an RBI. Sophomore Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) also had a standout performance as she drove in three runs in two games.
Springfield College will be off on Wednesday, March 14 but will return to action on Thursday, March 15 when it takes on Wooster and William Paterson.
Springfield College 6, Cortland 2
The Pride scored five runs through the first three innings en route to a 6-2 victory over the Red Dragons of Cortland, a team that was receiving votes in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Rankings.
Senior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) grinded out her third win of the season as she pitched a complete game, giving up just two earned runs while also striking out a pair.
In the bottom of the first inning, Springfield College tacked on a pair of runs as Wheeler singled to right, which allowed Loda to come home, before Conley grounded out to the pitcher, scoring Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) to make it 2-0, Pride.
After Cortland got two runs back in the top of the third inning to make it 2-2, the Pride had a three-run bottom half of the frame to take a 5-2 advantage, highlighted by another RBI single from Conley and a pair of defensive miscues from the Red Dragons.
Springfield College added another in the bottom half of the fourth on an RBI double to right field to score Loda, before the senior pitcher locked in and shut down Cortland for the remainder of the contest, sealing the 6-2 win.
Springfield College 2, Webster 1
Junior pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) matched her career high with 10 strikeouts as the Pride earned its second win of the day, a 2-1 result over Webster. Allen pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and one earned run.
Wheeler got the Pride going in the top of the first with a triple to center field, plating Loda all the way from first, before Conley singled to short, scoring the sophomore. From there, Webster would pull to within one in the bottom half of the frame, before both sides locked down defensively, resulting in the 2-1 finish.
Allen would strike out the side in the bottom half of the sixth inning, before forcing two ground outs in the bottom of the seventh to complete five of the last six outs herself to lead the Pride to victory.