By Tyler Browne
The Springfield College softball team suffered its first losses of the 2021 season on Saturday, falling in each half of their doubleheader against Babson College. The Beavers won the first game, 5-0, and the second, 2-0.
In the first game, Gillian Kane pitched well but the Pride gave up five runs while recording only one hit of their own. Kane stayed in the circle for the whole game, striking out two and giving up only two walks.
“Gill pitched really well the first game. [Giving up five runs] wasn’t all on Gill, so we let her keep going,” said head coach Kate Bowen.
In the second game, the Pride made adjustments to fix their performance in the first outing.
“We made the adjustments and we just didn’t string them together,” said Bowen.
The biggest of these adjustments was swinging the bat. The Pride had seven batters strike out looking in the first game.
“If we don’t swing the bat, we can’t get a hit,” said Bowen.
The second game started slow, with no score going into the top of the fourth inning. The Beavers led off the top of the inning with three straight hits, taking a 1-0 lead. At that point, Bowen removed starting pitcher Emily Gell, putting first year Ashley Pugliese in the circle in relief.
Pugliese pitched the rest of the game, giving up only two hits. While the Beavers scored once more in the fourth, the run was credited to Gell as the runner reached base while she was pitching.
“At first, I knew that I needed to get outs, so I had to execute my pitches. Even though there were hits, we have a great defense and we were able to shut them down,” said Pugliese.
While the Pride were able to record five hits and four walks in the second game, they weren’t able to get any runners across the plate. The final score was 2-0 Babson.
Saturday was also the team’s senior day. Accordingly, the bleachers of Potter Field were decorated with maroon and white balloons, posters and plastic cups arranged into the uniform number of each senior.
“They have been great role models. They set the bar high. I look up to them and want to execute the same way they did at Springfield College,” said Pugliese of the senior class.
The Pride will suit up again on Saturday, April 17, when they will travel to New London and face off against Coast Guard in a doubleheader.
Photo Courtesy of Springfield College Athletics