Clermont, Fla. - March 17, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team opened the 2019 season with a pair of wins at the Legends Way Ballfields over Rutgers-Newark and Grinnell on Sunday afternoon as part of its annual Spring Break trip to Florida.
With the wins, the Pride is 2-0 on the year, while Rutgers-Newark is now 1-5 and Grinnell drops to 0-4.
Springfield College will resume action on Monday, March 18 when it plays Wooster at 9:30 a.m., followed by a game with McDaniel at 11:45 a.m.
Springfield College 9, Rutgers-Newark 3 -- Game One
Springfield College opened the season with a convincing 9-3 win over Rutgers-Newark, as the Pride was led by a pair of RBI from Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) and Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.), while Allen pitched a complete game, giving up just six hits and striking out seven. All three of the Scarlet Raiders' runs were unearned.
After two innings of scoreless play, Springfield College got on the board when Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) roped a double to score Allen, before Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) plated Fernandez with a double of her own.
Rutgers-Newark pitcked up all three of its runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Pride rallied with a six-run top of the sixth inning to take an 8-3 advantage over the Scarlet Raiders. Wheeler rsingled to score Fernandez to start the rally, before Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) brought home Jen Slane (Tolland, Conn.) with a single of her own. Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) and Gabrielle Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.) both had RBI singles, before Allen ended the rally with a two-run double. In the seventh, Wheeler singled to score Conley, sealing the 9-3 win.
Springfield College 10, Grinnell 6 -- Game Two
Springfield College put together two big innings that resulted in a 10-6 win over Grinnell, helping the Pride to its second win of the day over the Pioneers. Fernandez had three RBI on two hits while also scoring two runs, while Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) had a two-run triple to fuel the maroon and white.
Kane got the nod in game two, pitching 3.1 innings, giving up seven hits and six earned runs while striking out two. Valenti came on in relief and pitched 3.2 innings, giving up just three hits and also fanning three batters.
Grinnell struck first in the top of the second, before the Pride exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third, led by a two-run single from Fernandez. Conley then tripled to score the frehsman, before Conley scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Wheeler.
From there, Kane singled to center, plating Wheeler to give Springfield College a 5-1 lead. Grinnell responded with five runs of its own in the top of the fourth to take a 6-5 advantage, but Fernandez tied the game up in the bottom half of the frame with a sacrifice fly to center. Springfield College tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.), before the Pride wrapped up the game with back-to-back triples from Valenti and Sastram.
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