Pride baseball improved its win-streak to four games in Florida by defeating Cazenovia 11-0 in seven innings on Thursday.
Springfield jumped to an early 7-0 lead in the first inning, with four of those runs coming with two outs. After Chad Shade led off by drawing a walk and stealing second, Pete Marsicano hit him in with a single to open up the scoring.
Matt Fraioli came up a couple batters later with the bases loaded, and singled to drive in Marsicano from third.
Cam Rivest came up again with the bases loaded, and scored Mark Joao from third with an RBI groundout, making it 3-0 at that point.
With two outs, senior Brandon Russo stepped up to the plate with men on first and second. He delivered a triple that drove in his seventh and eighth RBI of the season (2nd among team).
Now back at the top of the lineup, Chad Shade singled to score Russo from third. After Marsicano drew a walk to load the bases once again, Cazenovia’s starting pitcher exited. Hunter Coulthard replaced him and walked Joao to bring in Springfield’s seventh run of the inning.
Dakota Aldrich, a freshman who made his collegiate debut for the Pride, was greeted rather nicely with a 7-0 cushion as he approached the mound in the bottom of the first. It must have settled some nerves, as he pitched four near perfect innings. He allowed just one hit, walked a batter, and struck out seven.
During those four innings, the Pride plated one more run in addition to the seven spot put up in the first. With the bases loaded and one out, Joao hit a sacrifice fly for his team leading 10th RBI of the season. If the senior keeps this pace, he is destined to crush his RBI count (29) last season, and set a new career-high.
Zach Kerr, Jordan Elkary, and John Daley came in to pitch the last three innings for Springfield. Kerr surrendered two hits, while Elkary and Daley pitched perfect innings. Daley struck out the side to end the game.
Offensively, Rivest hit a 2-out RBI single in the fifth for his second RBI of the game. Freshman David Wells followed that up with a double to give Springfield a 10-0 lead. To round out the scoring, Jack Simonetty tallied his first RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly.
The Pride saw eight different players register an RBI in the game.
At the plate and on the mound, Springfield looks solid. However, the teams struggles in the field are still prevalent, as the team committed three more errors in this game. It obviously did not affect anything, but the Pride need to really buckle down when they get back and start conference play.
Playing against the likes of Babson or previously ranked Wheaton, these teams will surely take advantage of errors. It is of the utmost importance that the Pride correct this weakness. The worst kinds of losses are the ones that are caused by mental lapses like these in the field.
Springfield improves to 6-2-1 with this victory and currently sits atop the NEWMAC standings before conference play is in full swing. The team takes on Farmingdale State in a doubleheader Friday morning. Game one is at 9 a.m. and Game two is at 12 p.m.
The Pride did not get its eighth win until April 7th of last season. It has the chance to hit that milestone almost a month earlier this season with two victories tomorrow.