By Tyler Browne
After yesterday’s heartbreaking loss to Babson, the Springfield College baseball team rebounded with a 9-5 win on Wednesday over the Rhode Island College Anchormen. The Pride took an early lead in the first inning, taking advantage of three walks in a row to begin the inning, followed by Noah Bleakley’s sacrifice fly, a pair of hit batsmen and a base hit.
“I think we took advantage of some of their walks in the first inning, then got big hits after,” said coach Mark Simeone.
The Pride struck for another five runs in the second, including a three-run home run by Bleakley. Another homer in the fourth, by Jake Gleason, gave the Pride a 9-2 lead.
“I was happy for [Bleakley and Gleason] because both guys are very capable. Those two guys have good swings and a lot of offensive ability and the ability to hit the ball out of the park, so any time you see guys do what they’re capable of, and do it in situations that help us win a game, you’re always happy for them,” said Simeone.
Starting pitcher Mitch Wright was lights out in the first three innings, giving up no runs and only two hits.
“I felt like I was pitching where I needed to, getting a lot of ground balls and trusting the defense,” said Wright.
However, things got a bit shaky in the fifth inning. With the Pride holding a 9-2 lead, Josh Silva led off the inning by reaching on an error. A triple by Joseph Coro drove him in, and another two men crossed the plate before the inning was done.
According to Simeone, “Mitch has got to trust his stuff…Personally, I thought he shook off too many pitches today because, maybe he wasn’t feeling good about the pitch that was called at the time, but to me, there’s no reason why a guy like that shouldn’t feel good about his stuff.”
Wright pitched five innings, giving up six hits and five runs (three earned). He walked only one batter, and struck out two.
The Pride’s bullpen gave up only one hit and no runs. Ben Arnold, Duncan Satterlee, Cole Donovan and Kenny Walton each pitched one inning in relief, and none of them faced more than four batters.
The Pride return to action on Friday, with a road game against WPI, followed by two home games on Saturday, also against WPI.
Photo courtesy Jack Margaros