SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College softball was back in action against Westfield State as they hosted a double header on Wednesday afternoon. The games could not have turned out to be more polar opposites.
The first game was a tightly contested affair. Shelby Allen got the ball for Springfield and was as good as she could be. The senior shut down the Westfield State offense, striking out eight batters and not allowing a run. From there, Marisa Valenti got the save, going the final two innings and not allowing a run.
The Springfield offense pushed across three runs on offense to earn a 3-0 win. Springfield got two runs in the second on an Ava Fernandez single to left field and added a run of insurance in the sixth when Sara Mulligan singled down the line.
It was a good win for the Pride in game one, but they were just warming up for the second game.
Springfield’s Alexyss Conley decided that she wanted to have the game of her life at the plate, so she did just that. The shortstop started off the bottom of the first inning with a triple that went to the wall. Naturally, while standing on third, Conley never would have imagined she would be stepping up to the plate again in the inning but with two runners on base and a 5-0 lead, the junior found herself in that exact situation.
Conley responded by sending a ball well over the outfield wall, stretching an already big lead to 8-0. By the time the first inning was over, Springfield pitcher Gill Kane had an 11-0 cushion to work with.
Kane didn’t let up, as she didn’t let up a run or a hit in three innings of work. While the Pride offense continued scoring, Westfield’s offense continued to be silenced. Taylor Mancinone came in for the final two innings and did not give up a hit as her and Kane combined for a no-hitter. Five innings was enough for this game, as Springfield won by a final of 15-0. Springfield had 14 hits in the game and had just one error on defense.
The win pushed the Pride record to a strong 17-13. They will play next against Babson in a huge set of games on Friday.
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