Northborough, Mass. - April 19, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team fell to WPI, 14-4, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) West Division series opener at the New England Baseball Complex on Friday afternoon.
With the loss, the Pride is now 17-14 overall with a 7-8 mark in NEWMAC play, while WPI improves to 21-12 with a 7-7 record against league opponents.
Freshman pitcher Brendan Kirck (Hamden, Conn.) got the nod and only lasted 1.1 frames, before Kenny Walton (New Providence, Pa.) came on and pitched 2.0 frames, giving up four hits and five earned runs. From there Cole Donovan (Holderness, N.H.) was able to contain the Engineers' bats, pitching 3.2 innings of one-hit ball, before Jacob Shpur (East Canaan, Conn.) and Ben Arnold (Deerfield, Mass.) came on for the final inning.
WPI opened the game scoring four in the bottom of the first and three in the bottom of the second to take a 7-0 lead over the Pride, before the maroon and white cut its deficit to six with an RBI from Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), who drove a ball to right field, which was caught, but Eduardo Martinez (Southwick, Mass.) was able to get home and score to make it 7-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Engineers opened an 11-run lead with five runs in the frame, before Springfield College pulled to within eight with three runs in the top of the eighth. In the inning, Joao and Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) reached base, setting up a three-run home run off the bat of Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.).
WPI would answer with a pair in the bottom of the frame to seal the 14-4 win.
Up next, Springfield College will make the short trip of MacKenzie Field in Holyoke, Mass. as the Pride will take on Elms on Tuesday, April 23 under the lights at 7:30 p.m.
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