Softball Survives Late Scare, Salvages NEWMAC Split with Springfield

RiAnna May (credit: Jean Bogue)

Worcester, MA --- WPI's RiAnna May (Westminster, CO) batted 6-for-7 with 2 RBI and a stolen base while Springfield's Jenna Webb (Harrison, NY) and Brianna Weltlich (Southampton, MA) launched back-to-back home runs in game one as the two teams split a NEWMAC softball doubleheader on Wednesday evening at Rooftop Field. The Pride took game one 9-1 (6 inn.) and WPI survived a late scare with a 5-4 victory in game two.

The Engineers scored in four of the first five innings of the nightcap to take a 5-0 lead. Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) helped put a pair of runs up in the first inning as Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) scored on the sacrifice bunt and Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) reached home courtesy of a miscue on the play.

May used an RBI single in the third and later notched a run-producing double in the fifth. In between Mays's contributions, Natalie Fabrizio (Hampstead, NH) scampered home on a miscue in the fourth.

Springfield mounted a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh and had two left on base when the game ended. Alicia Pavadore (Taunton, MA) drove in the first run with a single through the left side. Melissa Nelson (Milford, CT) later notched a two-run double to right and Camdyn Morgillo's (West Haven, CT) subsequent ground out allowed Pavadore to score. The rally ended on a fly ball to center field.

May finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Gallagher went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) batted 2-for-3 as well. Murphy-Cook pitched in with a 2-for-4 effort and a run scored.

Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) (2-1) struck out three in the first six-plus innings before yielding to Clare Doolin (Newton, MA), who earned the save.

Webb notched two of Springfield's seven hits while Nelson added a pair of RBI. Morgillo (1-6), Jordyn Moquin (Southington, CT)  and Nicole Cring (Cooperstown, NY) all spent at least a pair of innings in the circle for the Pride.

The first game saw Webb connect on the first pitch of the bottom of the second and Weltlich quickly followed to give the Pride (5-11, 3-1 NEWMAC) the 2-0 lead. Elizabeth Joseph (Stamford, CT) made it a 3-0 ballgame with a homer to left center in the fourth.

Five of WPI's eight runners left on base came in the third and fourth innings as the Crimson and Gray looked for some two-out heroics. The Engineers (11-5, 1-3) finally succeeded in the fifth when Murphy-Cook scored on a two-out infield miscue.

Springfield responded in their half of the frame with an RBI single up the middle by Kirsten Drobiak (Jewett City, CT). The Pride later erupted for five in the sixth to end the game early. Moquin highlighted the spurt with a 2-RBI double as Drobiak also plated one with a double to left center. Joseph pushed the final runner across with a hit to right center.

May was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate while Murphy-Cook batted 2-for-3 and represented the lone Engineer run. Doolin (6-2) and Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) each struck out a pair of batters.

Drobiak and Joseph each went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Webb was 2-for-3 with an RBI, walk and run scored. Moquin came off the bench to go 1-for-1 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. She also earned the save for the Pride. Talia Loda (East Haven, CT) (3-1) allowed one run (unearned) on seven hits and a walk in five innings.

WPI welcomes Clark to Rooftop Field for a 5pm NEWMAC twinbill tomorrow. Springfield travels up I-91 to face Smith for a NEWMAC doubleheader on Friday at 3pm.

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