The Springfield College baseball team pick up its fourth win in a row Wednesday at Archie Allen Field with a 7-0 win over MCLA. The Pride’s pitching staff allowed just one hit in the match, highlighted by six innings of no-hit baseball from Nick Naples.
This was easily the best game from a pitching standpoint that the Pride has played all year. Aside from two walks surrendered by Naples, he was perfect. The sophomore, although striking out one hitter, induced a ton of soft contact. His curveball made hitters look silly and was really the reason why he was able to pitch with so much confidence.
Fletcher Comment relieved Naples out of the bullpen and gave the Trailblazers their only hit of the evening. Although hitting three batters, the leftie was able to pitch himself out of the jams and preserve the shutout. Ken Manero came in to shut the door and pitched a perfect ninth inning.
The Pride went into the bottom of the sixth with just a 2-0 lead created by an RBI groundout and scoring off of a wild pitch. The team really jumped out to a substantial lead when it plated two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to gain a 7-0 advantage.
After Jake Gleason drew a walk with one out, Noah Bleakley smacked a double off the right field fence. With the infield in, Cam Rivest came up and hit a single past the diving shortstop to score Gleason and Bleakley.
An inning later, Chad Shade beat out an infield hit. Upon stealing second and third base, Jack Cooney drew a walk, making it first and third for Mark Joao. The senior hit a screaming single up the middle to score Shade. Gleason followed up with a single of his own to score Cooney in the next at-bat.
After that, consecutive walk drawn by Bleakley and Connor Santoianni gave Springfield its seventh and run of the contest.
The Pride has 12 wins now, and a chance to make it 15 before the month is over. This is arguably the best start in program history, and definitely the best start under head co ach Mark Simeone. As he has stated several times in the past, this team has envious depth and very talented underclassmen.
The Pride has yet to hit the bulk of its schedule, but it is safe to say that this group has the potential to hit substantial milestones when early May rolls around.
Catch Springfield at Archie Allen for the third day in a row on Thursday as it takes on Dean in a non-conference matchup. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.
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