The Springfield College baseball team fought off a comeback from Clark University on Tuesday to earn a crucial NEWMAC win, 4-3. With the win the Pride bring their overall record to 9-11 and 6-8 in league play.
Springfield scored four runs in the first inning off Clark starting pitcher Michael Mainuli to account for its only runs of the game. Mainuli did a good job of recovering from a rough first inning and kept his team in the game.
Springfield starting pitcher Travis Lane had another outstanding performance and notched his second win in a row. Lane pitched seven strong innings while allowing two runs on eight hits.
“I felt great about the performance and was just glad I could get a win for the team,” Lane said.
Kyle DiFranco got the offense rolling as he singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sean Smith ripped a single, driving in DiFranco and then Mike McGowan scored on an error. The Pride took advantage of a tough defensive performance by the Cougars.
The Cougars began to chip into the lead when they scored a run in the fourth inning as Mitch DeLorenzo slapped an RBI single. Clark notched another run in the fifth inning, bringing the score to 4-2 on Michael Eglow’s RBI single, which scored Nicholas O’Brien.
In the seventh inning the Pride’s defense saved the game for them. With the bases loaded for the Cougars, Brian Sullivan singled to left and Kyle Difranco picked up the ball and gunned down Eglow to keep the Pride up 4-3.
Peter Baranski came into the game in the eighth inning and threw two scoreless innings and to record the save for the Pride.
“I have confidence in the arms we have coming out of the bullpen,” Coach Mark Simeone said.
On the final play of the game, Difranco ran into foul territory along the left field line and nearly reached into the bleachers to grab the final out for the Pride and capped a great all-around win for the Pride. They will look to keep it going when they take on Roger Williams on Wednesday in Bristol, R.I.