Springfield, Mass. - March 30, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team split a doubleheader with MIT on Saturday afternoon in its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on Archie Allen Field this season. The split brings the Pride to a 8-8 overall record and 3-2 in conference action while the Engineers move to 8-6-1 with a 1-1 mark in league play.
MIT fell in the first of two games, 10-2, but an impressive pitching performance from Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) and a two-run home run off the bat of Alex Denoyelle (Woonsocket, R.I.) allowed for the Pride to rebound with a 4-3 win in the second game to force the split.
Up next, the Pride will travel to Westfield State for a non-conference battle with the Owls at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.
MIT 10, Springfield College 2 -- Game One
After a trio of hits plated a pair for the Engineers in the first, Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) was able to strike out 10 batters over 5.2 innings of work while being credited with the loss in game one of the double header. Kenny Walton (New Providence, Pa.) threw the final inning for the Pride, striking out one.
On the offensive side, The fourth inning was the equalizer for the Pride when Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) got Springfield on the board in the bottom of the inning when he took a 1-0 pitch deep to right field for his fourth homerun of the season. Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.) was able to poke a base hit, which was followed by an RBI single to right field from Ryan Smith (Millis, Mass.) which allowed the Pride to even the game up 2-2 going into the fifth frame. Following the two-run inning, Johnson came out and struck out three-straight Engineers to bring the Pride back to the plate in bottom of the fifth. Singles from Sage Bray (Fitchburg, Mass.) and Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) and a walk would load the bases with just one out as the Pride threatened to break the game open. A hard groudball that turned into a double play would dissolve the threat and keep the game tied at two a piece.
The next inning would prove to be the difference maker as MIT started off the the sixth inning with back-to-back singles and a walk would load the bases with just one out. A triple to deep left center field would clear the bases and open up the game for the Engineers. A single up the middle followed by a grounder through the right side would plate two more as MIT took a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. MIT would continue to add on as they plated one in the eighth and used a triple and a double followed by a RBI single to make the game 10-2. Good pitching and defense from the Engineers kept Springfield at bay for the final few innings leading to a 10-2 loss for the Pride.
Springfield College 4, MIT 3 -- Game Two
After giving up a run on a couple of extra-base hits, the game two starter Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) was able to quiet the Engineers hitters by striking out three straight to end the top of the first inning. Babineau would work eight strong innings while striking out nine en route to his second win this season. John Daley (Huntington, Mass.) would take the ball in the ninth to earn his first-career save as he struck out one Engineer to shut the door on MIT in game two.
The Pride started slow offensively until the third inning when Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) ripped a triple to deep center field on the first pitch of the third inning, before Alex Denoyelle (Woonsocket, R.I.) launched a home run to left-center field to give the Pride its first lead of the day at 2-1. Babineau hit a rough patch as he gave up a run in the fourth to even the game up at two before battling back to strike out his sixth batter of the day to end the inning.
Springfield would regain the lead in the bottom of the frame as a man on first and second allowed Bean to lace a single to center, plating a run and giving the Pride a 3-2 lead. Bean would again be involved in scoring for the Pride as he hit a hard grounder that caused a throwing error which scored Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.) to boost Springfield's lead to two. The game remained quiet for the last three frames as the teams each traded zeros in the scoring column from the seventh inning on to secure the victory in game two for the Pride.
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