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Softball Closes NEWMAC Schedule With Sweep of Smith; Pride Hits Five Home Runs in Doubleheader

Softball Closes NEWMAC Schedule With Sweep of Smith; Pride Hits Five Home Runs in Doubleheader

Northampton, Mass. - April 23, 2019 - The Springfield College softball team picked up a pair of wins over Smith College as the Pride produced its fourth New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) sweep of the season in Northampton, Mass. on Tuesday afternoon.

Springfield College improved to 20-14 with the win, with an 11-7 record against league opponents, while Smith falls to 7-25-1 overall and 1-17 in NEWMAC play.

Up next, Springfield College will return to Potter Field for its final home regular-season contest of the 2019 season, and will host Western New England at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in non-conference play.

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Springfield College 13, Smith College 0 (Final - 5 innings)

Junior Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) kept her bat hot, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, and Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) held the Pioneers to just a pair of hits and had a three-run home run as the Pride defeated Smith, 13-0, in five innings in the first of two games on Tuesday.

Allen finished with 5.0 innings pitched, striking out five and only allowing a pair of hits, as she earned her eighth win of the season. Along with Sastram, Springfield College also receieved a four-hit performance from junior Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.), as she also scored four runs and had an RBI. Yaixsa Vargas (Waterbury, Conn.) also had a three-hit day for the maroon and white.

Springfield College opened the game with four runs in the top of the first inning as Sastram singled to center to score Conley, who opened the game with a lead-off double, before Allen homered, scoring Sastram and Vargas to make it 4-0. 

Springfield College would add three more in the second on a run-scoring double from Sastram, before Vargas drove in her classmate with a double of her own in the next at bat. After a single from Allen, Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, Conn.) stepped up and singled to center to plate Vargas, giving Springfield College a 7-0 lead.

The top of the lineup continued to produce in the third with RBI doubles off the bats of Conley and Vargas, before the Pride sealed the game with four more runs in the top of the fourth when Sarah Mulligan (Cheshire, Conn.) grounded out, but Salvietti came home, before Abbi Conley (Plymouth, Mass.) singled up the middle to score Jen Slane (Tolland, Conn.). Later in the inning, Sastram drove in both Alexyss Conley and Abbi Conley with a single to make it 13-0.

Springfield College 8, Smith College 1 (Final)

The Pride had four student-athletes leave the yard as Springfield College completed the sweep of Smith College with an 8-1 victory in game two on Tuesday afternoon. Vargas, Allen and Alexyss Conley each had one home run in game two, as freshman Kayla Stvan (Parlin, N.J.) hit her second-career home run in the victory. Additionally, Alexyss Conley hit her sixth homer of the season in the win.

Freshman pitcher Gillian Kane (New Canaan, Conn.) got the nod in game two, and pitched 5.0 innings, giving up just six hits and one earned run, while Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.) came on in relief and pitched 2.0 solid frames, holding the Pioneers to just one hit while striking out three. 

Just as it did in the first game, Springfield College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Vargas singled to left field, scoring Alexyss Conley, before Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) doubled to left to plate Vargas.

After a solo home run from Alexyss Conley in the top of the second, both Vargas and Allen went yard to make it 5-1, before Stvan hit a two-run shot in the top of the fifth to make it 7-1, Pride.

Springfield College added a run in the top of the sixth when Wheeler doubled to left, scoring Natalie Stoner (Wyantskill, N.Y.) to make it 8-1.

From there, Valenti came on in the bottom of the seventh and forced two groundouts, along with a strike out looking to seal the win.