By Jill Campbell
The bleachers were packed on Monday afternoon as the Springfield College softball team hustled onto the freshly-groomed Potter Field. After dealing with a myriad of cancellations and reschedulings, the Pride was finally able to play on their home soil with a 1-1 split against WPI.
Game one began slowly for Springfield, as WPI was able to tack on 3 runs in the first two innings. However the current quickly shifted in the bottom of the fifth when Kirsten Drobiak connected with a pitch, sending it sailing to straight-away center and far over the fence. That was just what the Pride needed to ignite a spark and tie up the game.
“Kirsten has been so consistent for us all year so whenever she gets up we always think something good is going to happen,” said head coach Kate Bowen. “She took a great swing and it just flew out.”
Springfield knew they couldn’t stop there. With a recharged energy, they took to the sixth and looked to earn the go-ahead run. A single to left by Jen Slane did just that, sending Kayla Padroff across home plate. WPI was unable to answer, making the final score 4-3 and giving the Pride their fourth win in conference play.
Talia Loda had an impressive outing on the mound, giving up just one earned run and and four innings. She now boasts an impressive 9-0 record in the circle.
However, Springfield did not find that same success in game two of their double-header. They were able to jump on the board first when Talia Loda scored on a wild pitch in the first, and collected two more runs in the fourth due to a double off the bat of Alexyss Conley and an error by WPI’s left-fielder.
WPI answered back in the fifth with a double and a single, making it 3-2 with Springfield still in the lead. The Pride helped their cause again in the bottom of the fifth with a double off the bat of Allie Wheeler bringing home Drobiak.
But things began to fall apart for Springfield in the sixth and seventh inning when WPI tacked on a substantial six runs to which the Pride could not answer back. The final score totaled to 8-4 WPI.
Despite the unsavory outcome of the second decision, Bowen remained confident in Springfield’s upcoming game against Western Connecticut.
“We’re going to learn from this game and we’re going to move forward, as always. We talked a lot of things out,” said Bowen. “We’re going to practice tomorrow, we’re going to review this game and learn from everything that happened. We’re going to get better from it.”