Springfield, Mass. – April 2, 2019 - Junior outfielder Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) had a pair of home runs and six RBI but the Springfield College softball team fell to WPI twice in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Potter Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With the split, the Pride is now 8-8 with a 2-2 record in league play, while WPI improves to 14-6 overall and 6-0 against league opponents.
The maroon and white will return to Potter Field on Wednesday, April 3 when it will host Amherst for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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WPI 7, Springfield College 5 – Game One
Springfield College rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the comeback proved to fall just short as the Pride dropped the first of two games with WPI, 7-5, on Tuesday afternoon at Potter Field.
In the rally, Wheeler drove a ball off the scoreboard in left field for her first home run of the season, driving in three runs with one swing of the bat.
Senior pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) took the loss as she pitched 4.2 innings, giving up five hits and no earned runs, while also striking out three. Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) came on in the fifth inning and pitched 2.1 frames, giving up three hits while also striking out three batters.
WPI got on the board in the top of the third inning when Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, Calif.) singled to left to score a runner, before the Engineers blew open a 5-0 lead with four runs in the top of the fifth. After taking a 7-0 lead in the top of the seventh, Springfield College got the rally started with an RBI double off the bat of Sara Mulligan (Cheshire, Conn.), before Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) drove in Valenti with a single off of third base.
With Mulligan and Sastram on base, Wheeler stepped up and lifted one over the left-field fence to make it 7-5, but Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, Mass.) shut the door and picked up the final three outs to seal the win for the Engineers.
Phillips earned the victory as she pitched 6.0 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven Pride batters.
WPI 8, Springfield College 3 – Game Two
WPI scored once in the top of the first inning, before back-to-back singles from Gonzales and Caraline Wood (Averill Park, N.Y.) helped the Engineers take a 4-0 advantage after two frames. After taking a 5-0 lead in the top of the third, the Pride answered in the bottom of the frame when Wheeler took a ball to right-center field that carried over the fence, scoring Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) and Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) to make it 5-3.
Over the remaining two innings, WPI was able to add three more runs as the game was ended early due to darkness with the Engineers leading 8-3.
Freshman Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) took the loss as she pitched 4.0 innings, giving up seven earned runs while striking out a pair, while Valenti came on for the final 2.0 frames, giving up two hits and one earned run.