Pride baseball collected four more wins this past week and improved to 12-3-2.
This is the first time in program history that the team has double-digit wins before April, dating back to 1986.
Springfield is off to one of the best starts in program history.
“We are getting contributors from all over the place,” Pride head coach Mark Simeone said.
Springfield’s depth was on full display last Saturday when it swept Emerson College in a doubleheader to open NEWMAC conference play. Aside from a player or two, there were two completely different lineups for each game and still a ton of production. There was a combined 16 hits and 15 runs between both games, with several different players getting on base and driving in runs.
Shawn Babineau also pitched a complete game shutout in Game 2 en route to earning his second straight NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week award. In addition to the sophomore, three pitchers were used in Game 1 and gave up a combined two earned runs.
“The amount of guys we have and everyone can play multiple positions, it’s really helpful. Anyone can play any given day,” freshman pitcher/third baseman Noah Bleakley said.
Interestingly enough, Springfield is not even playing its best baseball. Those two ties could have easily been wins if it had not been for late game letdowns.
The Pride had leads against Westfield State and Fitchburg State before letting up and having the games called due to darkness. There is still a sizeable amount of untapped potential.
“We’ve had opportunities to (finish teams) in this early season, and if we did, we’d have 13 wins,” Simeone said.
The Pride continued conference play on Tuesday with a statement win over rival Wheaton College.
A four-run sixth inning and a scoreless performance from the bullpen allowed Springfield to finish the Lyons.
“We were excited, had really good energy,” said Simeone. “(Wheaton) perennially a good club and they never give up.”
Going forward, it is important that the Pride keep the right mindset for continued success.
“We gotta make sure its focused energy and not silly energy, and energy that would have us being surprised by a team that came back… You can be energetic, but don’t lose your focus, because you got a team across the field that’s going to compete till the final out.”
This team has the depth to make a deep run at the end of the season. This historical start proves that Springfield is ready to compete at the next level this year.
The Pride look to continue its hot streak as it takes on Dean College at Archie Allen on Thursday. First pitch is at 3:30.
Featured photo courtesy of Reef Rogers