The Springfield College baseball team punched its ticket to the NEWMAC conference tournament with a win over WPI at Archie Allen Field on Tuesday, 7-6.
Nine seniors were celebrated for their careers as well (Nick Leduc, Mark Joao, Pete Marsicano, Kyle Naples, Logan Barrett, Ken Manero, Jack Weinberger, Joe Gamache, Kyle Allen).The offense totalled 12 hits and plated the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to earn its 19th win of the season.
WPI opened up the scoring with two early runs off of starter Kyle Naples in the first inning. Springfield responded with three runs in the second. Noah Bleakley, Cam Rivest, and Kyle Allen each singled to load up the bases with no outs. Brandon Russo singled a couple batters later to drive in the Pride’s first run.
Chad Shade followed up with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Then Nick Leduc singled to give Springfield a 3-2 lead.
WPI regained the lead with two more runs in the third. With two men in scoring position and one out, Naples surrendered a RBI groundout and a single to give WPI a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bleakley tied the game with a RBI double out to left field. After Rivest laced a single in the next at-bat, Allen drove in Bleakely from third with a sacrifice fly to give the Pride a 5-4 lead.
After a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth, Naples allowed a triple to tie the game again. After recording the third out, he was relieved by Ken Manero in the seventh. Naples went six full innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits while striking out six.
In the bottom of the sixth, Russo began the frame with a bunt single. After being moved over to second with a fielder’s choice, the junior stole third. He came around to score when Mark Joao reached on an error from the third baseman.
Manero surrendered one run on two hits in two innings of work. That run came in the seventh when a one-out double came around to score on a sacrifice fly, tying the game for a fifth time at 6-6.
In the bottom half of the seventh, the first three batters reached to load the bases. Marsicano drove in the go-ahead run when he was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to give Springfield a 7-6 lead.
Manero and Jack Weinberger combined for the last two innings to seal the win and give Springfield a game up in this three-game series.
The Pride travel to WPI for a doubleheader on Saturday to round out the series. The team will look to fight for higher seeding now that a spot in the postseason is guaranteed.
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