SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-The Springfield College softball team captured 5-3 and 11-3 victories over the Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup. The Bears drop to 11-13, 3-9 in NEWMAC and the Pride improve to 12-14 on the season, 10-4 in conference play.
Game 1 - Springfield 5, Coast Guard 3
Coast Guard connected for three runs in top of the fourth, sparked by a leadoff single from senior Jessie Richardson. Senior Erin Lisko reached on an error, to put two runners on for junior Morgan Kingston, who produced a bunt single to load the bases. Freshman Emma Hvozdovich then knocked a single up the middle to produce three runs.
Springfield answered in the bottom part of the inning that started with a single to left center from freshman Talia Loda. Junior Jenna Webb followed suit with a single of her own and freshman Kirsten Drobiak stepped up with two on and hit a two-run single down the left field line. Drobiak later came across to score after the Pride grounded into a double play.
Springfield went ahead for good in the fifth as junior Melissa Nelson cracked a double to start a two run rally for the Pride. Loda laid down a bunt to land Nelson on third and stole on the next pitch in the next at bat. With two runners in scoring position, Drobiak reached on an error, allowing Loda and Nelson to score the go ahead runs.
Junior Sarah Sorensen (10-11) suffered the loss as she yielded five runs on eight hits.
Loda (6-2) went the distance for Springfield to collect her sixth victory. The freshman surrendered three runs on four hits as she collected three strikeouts.
Hvozdovich had two hits and plated two runs for Coast Guard. Richardson and Kingston each had a run scored and a hit while Lisko came across for a run as well.
Loda helped herself on the offensive with two hits and two runs scored. Nelson, Webb and Drobiak each had a hit and a run apiece.
Game 2 - Springfield 11, Coast Guard 3
Back-to-back doubles from Lisko and Kingston put Coast Guard up 1-0 in the top of the first, but Springfield would comeback with four runs in the bottom half.
Nelson led off the bottom of the frame with a single to right and would advance to second when Webb reached base on an error. Drobiak ripped an RBI single through the left side and sophomore Jordyn Moquin continued the inning with a single to leftfield, which scored Webb. Freshman Olivia Gonzalez reached on a fielder's choice, plating Drobiak and, after Gonzalez stole second, Joseph produced a run-scoring single to left field to make the score 4-1.
In the bottom of the second Nelson beat out an infield single in, and Webb took advantage as she hit a double down the leftfield line to score Nelson.
Springfield tacked on three more insurance runs in the in the bottom half of the third.
Coast Guard made a push with two runs in the top of the sixth. With Kingston on second after a fielder's choice and wild pitch, Hvozdovich worked a walk. Another passed ball would put the runners in scoring position for junior Hannah Ingerson, who found a gap through the right side to score both runners.
Springfield ended the game early in the bottom half of the inning as the Pride responded with three runs.
Sorensen (10-12) took the loss for the Bears, as she dispersed eight runs on eleven hits. Dow came in pitch two and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits.
Loda (7-2) collected her second win on the day as she pitched two innings and surrendered one run on two hits.
Ingerson was 1-3 for three two RBI's for the Bears. Kingston added an RBI of her own going 1-3 with a run scored. Lisko notched two hits for Coast Guard with a run scored. Richardson and Dow both had hits for Coast Guard.
Nelson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Moquin also had three hits in four at-bats, plating a run and crossing home twice.
Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, April 14th, when they travel to Hartford for a double header against Trinity. First pitch is 3:00 pm.