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Softball Overpowers Westfield State in Non-Conference Play; Produces First No-Hit Performance Since 2013

Softball Overpowers Westfield State in Non-Conference Play; Produces First No-Hit Performance Since 2013

Springfield, Mass. - April 17, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team cruised to a non-conference doubleheader sweep on Wednesday afternoon as the Pride defeated Westfield State, 3-0, in game one, before blowing past the Owls in game two, 15-0, in five innings.

With the wins, the Pride is now 17-13 overall, while Westfield State falls to 9-19 with the two losses. 

Up next, Springfield College will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play and will host Babson on Friday, April 19 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Springfield College 3, Westfield State 0 -- Game One

Senior pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) pitched 5.0 innings, holding the Owls to just two hits while striking out eight en route to her seventh win of the year, as the Springfield College softball team picked up a 3-0 win over Westfield State in non-conference play.

Springfield College opened the game's scoring in the second inning as Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) reached on a walk, before Valenti singles through the left side. After moving into scoring position on a ground out, Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) drove in the pair as she sat on a change up and poked it into left center, making it 2-0, maroon and white, after two frames.

The game remained quiet until the bottom of the sixth inning when Wheeler once again led off with a single, before Valenti walked, putting two runners on. Next up, Sarah Mulligan (Cheshire, Conn.) fell behind in the count but then ripped a single down the left-field line that scored Wheeler to make it 3-0, Springfield.

From there, Valenti settled in and forced the next three outs to pick up her third save of the season. 

Springfield College 15, Westfield State 0 -- Game Two

Freshman Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Taylor Mancinone (Watertown, Conn.) combined for a five-inning no hitter as the Pride defeated Westfield State, 15-0, in the second of two games on Wednesday.

Kane picked up her seventh win of the season, as she struck out three, while Mancinone came on and hurled 2.0 frames, striking out one. This marks the first time that the Pride has no-hit an opponent since April 14, 2013 when the Pride no-hit Smith College in an 18-0 victory.

Junior Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, four RBI and her fourth home run of the season, as Kayla Stvan (Parlin, N.J.) chipped in with three RBI in the win.

Springfield College struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Conley led off with a triple to right center, before Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) drove her in with a double to left center in the next at bat, making it 1-0, maroon and white. From there, Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) walked, and then Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) hit a fly ball to center, which was caught, but Sastram came home to push the Pride's lead to a pair.

With the bases loaded, Kane double to left center to score a pair, before Fernandez reached on an error at short, allowing Stvan to come home safely, giving Springfield College a 5-0 lead. Next up, Conley picked up her fourth home run of the season as she sent one over the left-center field wall to make it 8-0, before Salvietti produced her second RBI of the inning on a single through the right side that scored Sastram.

The rally ended with a two-run single off the bat of Stvan, as Salvietti and Vargas came home to make it 11-0, Pride, at the end of the first inning.

Springfield College would add four more in the bottom of the third when Stvan got things going with an RBI on a sacrifice fly that scored Vargas, before Salviettie scored on a wild pitch. From there, Gabrielle Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.) would reach on an error which allowed Wheeler to score, before Conley singled through the left side, plating Alfieri.

From there, Mancinone would lock in and hold the Owls, resulting in the doubleheader sweep for the Pride.