SPRINGFIELD — After yesterday’s tough loss to Elms, the Springfield College Pride rebounded today with a 10-5 win over the Westfield State Owls. The warm, 60 degree weather attracted a crowd, and the bleachers of Archie Allen Field were packed.
After a strong first inning from starter Mitch Wright, the bats exploded in the bottom of the inning. The Pride scored seven runs on five hits, all singles, with help from two hit batters and two walks. Owls starter Vincenzo Camera didn’t make it past the first inning.
“[It felt] really good,” said Springfield head coach Mark Simeone. “Last night was a tough night. We had a quick turnaround after losing a tough game in a walk-off situation on the road last night when we were in control of the game for most of the night, so it was a really tough loss, and that’s the way we would want to respond.”
The Pride struck for another three runs in the third, bringing the score to 10-3. Wright pitched well, giving up eight hits and three runs (all earned) in five innings, and picked up the win.
“Mitch is always ready. He’s a really good competitor,” said Simeone. “When he gets the confidence and the trust in himself that I and others have in him, he’ll take the next step forward. But he did a solid job, he’s a good competitor, and he went out there and had a solid start for us.”
The Springfield bullpen gave up two runs later in the game, but held onto the lead and coasted to the win. Offensively, Jack Cooney went 2-for-4 with three RBI and scored a run. Jason Bean also picked up a pair of RBI while going 2-for-4. Springfield tallied 11 hits overall in the victory.
The Pride will return to action tomorrow at 3:30 at Amherst College.
Photo: Jack Margaros/The Student