After plating two runs to tie the game in the fifth inning, the Pride surrendered a run in the sixth and another in the eighth as they fell 4-2 at the hands of Westfield State at Archie Allen Field on Tuesday.
Similar to their previous game against Western New England, Springfield threatened for several innings, but scored all of their runs in just one inning.
The runs came from senior Brandon Drabinski. Catcher Peter Marsicano reached on an infield hit, then Jake Gleason ripped a double off of the top part of the right field fence, close to the 336 sign in right center. That set up second and third with one out for Drabinski, who poked a single up the middle to score both runners, and even the score at 2-2.
“We gotta be more consistent offensively, and be able to cash in when runners are on base, and be intelligently aggressive,” said head coach Mark Simeone. “I thought we looked at a lot of breaking balls today.”
Westfield State answered in the next inning with a run scoring double from Alex Lafayette. After John Lippincott led off the inning with a double, Lafayette delivered with two outs to regain the lead, 3-2.
Sophomore Shawn Babineau got the nod on the mound and pitched through the sixth inning, giving up three runs, eight hits, and striking out three. The lefty endured some early control issues, but settled down towards the end of his outing.
“He kept us in the game,” said Simeone. “He’s a tough competitor. He left some balls up, and they have some good hitters in their lineup, and they took advantage of them.”
Senior Ken Manero entered in the top of the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings of perfect baseball, striking out one.
“That is what we expect our pitchers to do; go out there and lay it on the line until it’s time to give the ball to somebody else, and Manero certainly did that,” said Simeone.
The Owls plated their final run in the eighth inning off of Jack Weinberger, who came in to relieve Manero with two outs in the ninth. Weinberger immediately surrendered a double and hit the next batter. A couple of wild pitches later, a run scored extending the lead to 4-2.
The Pride was held to one hit in the eighth, and went down quietly in the ninth.
“[Westfield is] a good club who played a little better than we did today,” said Simeone. “I think we will make an adjustment.”
Springfield will host the Owls again on Wednesday to close out the two game series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
“I can’t wait for tomorrow,” Simeone said. “I want another crack at these guys. I think we were ready to play today and I anticipate it tomorrow.”