The Springfield College baseball team could not overcome a seven-run first inning from Babson and fell to the Beavers at Archie Allen Field on Tuesday, 10-1. This marks the Pride’s fifth loss in its last six games.
Nick Naples got the start and continued his struggles on the mound, as he went just two thirds of an inning and allowed five runs to cross on three hits. Three doubles to the first four batters plated Babson’s first two runs. After a sacrifice fly gave the Beavers a 3-0 lead, Naples hit the next batter and his day was over.
Fletcher Comment entered with two inherited base runners on first and third with two outs. Those runners came around to score, then Comment walked consecutive batters to set up another threat.
A double in the next at-bat capped off Babson’s seven run first inning in which they knocked out Springfield’s starter in the process. The Beavers added two more in the second and another in the fourth for good measure.
Offensively, Springfield did not pose any threats until the sixth inning. Chad Shade (2-4) led off with a single, and advanced his way to third with two outs. Mark Joao (1-4) laced a RBI single a couple batters later to prevent a shutout. Although tallying eight hits in the match, just one run was the result.
After Comment, Ken Manero, John Daley and Duncan Satterlee combined to pitch the last 7.2 innings. The freshmen (Daley and Satterlee) combined for five innings and allowed just three hits. Manero allowed one run on six hits in 2.2 innings of work.
What does this mean?
Well, this has been a rough skid for the Pride (7-6 NEWMAC) over the last week. However, with four conference games remaining Springfield has essentially guaranteed a spot in the conference tournament. Now, it is just a matter of fighting for better seeding.
Either Clark (10-4 NEWMAC) or Wheaton (10-4) will need to lose a couple of games before the Pride have a chance to move up from the fifth seed. Nonetheless, Springfield needs to focus on handling a three-game series with WPI this weekend.
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