Engineers Return to the Field for First Time in Over a Year

Brittany Bolster - WPI Softball

The long-awaited return to play for the WPI Engineers athletic program came on Saturday afternoon, when the softball team travelled to Springfield College for a doubleheader.

The Pride came away with a sweep of the first games in over a year, winning both ends of the twin bill by 4-1 score-lines.

Game 1: Springfield 4, WPI 1

Nicole Logrecco (Huntington Beach, CA) was on base four times with two singles and two walks, and drove in the lone run for WPI in the opening game.

The Pride scored twice in the first inning and held off the Engineers, who plated a single run in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk taken by Logrecco. It was one of three walks that WPI worked in that inning, but they left the bases loaded when Springfield's Emily Gell (Trumbull, CT) came on to close the door.

Gell got the save with three and a third scoreless innings of work in relief of Pride starter Gillian Kane (New Canaan, CT), who improved to 1-0 on the year. Kane went 3.2 innings and gave up only one run on three hits.

Breannah McCann (San Diego, CA) knocked home a pair of runs with an RBI double in the first inning off of WPI starter Jess Evans (Grafton, MA). Evans struck out three over two innings, while Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) fanned 6 batters over 4 strong innings of relief.

Mackenzie Doyle (Gloucester, RI) was 2-2 with a walk for Springfield, who collected eight hits on the afternoon to WPI's five base knocks. The Pride scored single runs in the third and fourth innings on WPI miscues.

Bella Sheeran (Norfolk, MA) went 2-3 for the Engineers, while Kallie Case (Phoenix, AZ) had a single and a walk, and scored WPI's lone run.

Game 2: Springfield 4, WPI 1

The Pride opened the scoring with a single run in the third and then opened things up with a three-run inning on three hits in the bottom of the fourth.

Gell pitched a complete game for the win, allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out a pair. She also helped her cause at the plate with an RBI double to left field to start the scoring in the fourth. She would later score on a triple by Alli Olsen (Ridgewood, NJ), who went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Shortstop Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) had two hits for WPI, and Sheeran was 1-2 with a walk and a run scored.

WPI had their best threat in the top of the sixth inning, which began with singles by Sheeran and Ambrosino. With one out, right fielder Case singled to left field to score Sheeran and put two on, but Gell induced a double-play to stifle the late-inning threat from the Engineers.

Pride catcher Kayla Stvan (Parlin, NJ) went 2-3, helping Springfield to an 8-6 edge in the hits column.

Starter Lauren Meinhold (Boxboro, MA) went five innings for the Engineers, striking out two without issuing a walk. Martin came on to pitch a scoreless sixth inning with one strikeout.

WPI will play host to Babson next Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 12:00 PM. Springfield is slated to take the field next on April 3rd at Wheaton.