SPRINGFIELD — In the second game of its doubleheader, the Springfield College softball team was scorching hot as they beat Emerson 11-4. The day started with an extra innings win over Emerson and ended with another defeat of their rivals in a less than dramatic finish.
The Pride started the game off on the right foot, holding the Lions off the board in the first inning. After that, the bats immediately jumped all over Emerson starter Calli Pratt. The bats accumulated three first inning hits as Shelby Allen had a triple that drove in a run and Natalie Stoner singled in Allen.
After another scoreless top of the inning, the bats continued to knock the ball around the yard. An error with the bases loaded put the Pride up 3-0 which was followed by an RBI walk. The lead would extend to 6-0 when Allen drove in her second run of the day with a single and Hannah Salvietti added a sacrifice fly.
A scoreless top of the third was followed by more scoring for the Pride as the game began to get out of hand early. Alexyss Conley cleared the bases that were packed for her with a double to the wall. The lead had swelled to 9-0 in just the third inning although Conley was left on base to end the inning.
Emerson gained two runs back in the top of the fourth inning but Springfield got both runs back in the bottom half. Conley added her fourth and fifth RBI’s of the game with a clutch two out single.
The Lions were able to get two more runs in the top of the fifth but never got closer than that, losing the game by that 11-4 score. Gillian Kane was the star of the game for the Pride as she didn’t come out of the game on the mound. The freshman gave up just two earned runs in her seven innings, striking out three and dominating on the hill. Offensively, Conley was the game MVP, driving in five important runs at critical times in the game, ensuring Emerson never would get close enough to contention.
Springfield is back in action Tuesday as they will take on conference rival WPI at home. On Wednesday, they will take on Amherst in a doubleheader.
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