The Springfield College baseball team split a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) with Farmingdale State in the latter part of its Florida trip on Friday. The Pride got shutout, 2-0, the first game and then shutout the Rams, 8-0, in the second game.
Springfield mustered just four hits in a 2-0 loss to the Rams in Game 1. The best chance came in the top of the fifth inning, when the Pride had bases loaded and just one out with Brandon Russo and the hot bat of Chad Shade due up. After a pitching change from the Rams, Russo struck out swinging. Shade followed that up with a pop fly to end the inning.
With two outs in the sixth, Jake Gleason laced a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With a chance to cut into the deficit, Noah Bleakley flied out to right field to end the inning.
Again in the seventh inning, Springfield had the tying run on base with two outs. Shade came up again in a run scoring opportunity, with men on first and second. The sophomore could not cash in, and struck out to end the ballgame.
The first three hitters in the lineup went 0-10 in this game. Gleason, Logan Barrett, Jack Cooney, and Cam Rivest made up the Pride’s four hits.
On the mound, Brian Johnson was tabbed as the starting pitcher and threw a solid game. He surrendered a triple in the third inning that came around to score and hit a batter to start the fourth that touched home as well. Other than that, he only gave up four hits and struck out seven batters.
Johnson may have taken his first loss of the year, but the junior shaved his ERA to 1.76, ranking only behind Kyle Naples.
Also worth noting, Springfield was error-free during the game.
The latter of this doubleheader was a totally different story. The offense put up a six spot in the second inning to take a commanding 8-0 lead, highlighted by a three-run home run from Chad Shade.
Springfield jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI groundout from Mark Joao and an RBI single from Jason Bean.
In the bottom of the second, David Wells led off with a single, followed by a walk from Connor Santoianni. With men on first and third Shade clubbed a home run over the left field fence, giving the Pride a comfortable 5-0 lead.
A couple batters later, Springfield threatened again. Joao hit a one out triple, then Gleason reached on a hit by pitch. That sent Bean to the plate, who drove in Joao with a single for his second RBI of the game.
Springfield’s seventh run crossed the plate when the Rams’ third baseman misplayed a grounder from Alex Denoyelle, scoring Gleason.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Santoianni singled to round out a six run inning from the Pride.
Those two innings were more than enough for the Pride to secure the win. Bean finished 3-4 with 2 RBI; Wells went 2-4; and Shade finished 1-3 with 3 RBI.
Shawn Babineau pitched a career game on the mound, allowing a career-best one hit while striking out a career-high 10 batters in a complete game shutout. Other than a single in the top of the fourth inning and a walk to kick off the seventh, the sophomore was perfect.
He retired 11 straight batters to start the game, and fanned eight of his first nine.
With these games, Springfield moves to 7-3-1 on the year. The team concludes its Florida trip on Saturday with a game against New Paltz. First pitch is at 5 p.m.