Springfield College softball has seen its better days. The Pride welcomed MIT for a two game doubleheader on Saturday afternoon but were unable to come out with a run as they dropped both games by respective scores of 1-0 and 2-0.
The first game was a matchup of some of the best pitchers in the NEWMAC. Ravenne Nasser earned her 10th win of the season for the Engineers going all seven innings and holding the Springfield offense scoreless. For the Pride, Shelby Allen was the tough luck loser as she gave up just a solo home run in her seven innings of work. The senior struck out eight and gave up just five hits in another impressive outing.
Springfield’s best chance to score came in the fifth inning when after just giving up the go-ahead run, the Pride were blessed with a leadoff double by Hannah Salvietti, who reached third on a sacrifice bunt. Unfortunately, the bats fell silent the rest of the way and Springfield was unable to push Salvietti and the run she represented across.
It was more of the same in the second game for Springfield, who had another stellar pitching performance. Gill Kane gave up just two runs in her seven innings in the circle and was handed a loss she didn’t deserve. The win went to MIT starter Colleen Campbell, who went all seven innings, holding the Pride offense scoreless on just four hits. After the game, Coach Kate Bowen talked about the impressive performance of the starting pitching, which gave her team two chances to win.
“[Shelby and Gill] pitched phenomenally”, said Bowen who was pleased with what she saw ini the circle. “They had two great days we just didn’t produce the runs behind them”.
Producing runs behind the starters was the exact reason that the Pride weren’t able to come out with a win in either game against their rivals. Much like the first game, Springfield certainty had their chances to come out of the game with some runs. In both the first and seventh innings, Springfield left two runners stranded on the bases, unable to get a clutch hit. Their best chance to score was the sixth inning, when they were treated to an Alexyss Conley triple to begin the inning. She was left stranded on third.
“We need to make the adjustments sooner,” said Bowen who her team didn’t do enough at the plate to deserve a win. “We need to make sure we are thinking about situational hitting when we are up in box”.
Springfield drops to 15-13 after the two losses to their rivals. With tough games against Babson among others, the Pride will have to be able to be better offensively if they want to continue their push towards the NEWMAC tournament.
Springfield will play next on Wednesday when they host Westfield State.
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