Tied at three runs at the end of the seventh inning, extra innings was evident in the first game of its doubleheader against Amherst College. With runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth inning, the stage was set for a walkoff.
Gabrielle Alfieri delivered the game-winning single, as the Pride defeated Amerst in game on at Potter Field on Wednesday, 4-3.
Before the pressure filled final frame, the Pride faithful were treated to a stellar performance by the home team.
Gill Kane was fantastic on the mound for the Pride. The freshman pitcher improved to 4-2 on the young season as she threw all eight innings, holding a powerful Amherst offense to just three runs on five hits. Kane also helped herself at the plate adding a hit in the second inning.
Head coach Kate Bowen was pleased with the pitching from that Kane gave her team in the first game.
“I was very impressed today,” explained Bowen. “We’re a little less than halfway through [the season] and it’s good to see our staff if improving each time.”
On the offensive end, Springfield was forced to battle back from an early deficit. Down 2-0 in the second inning the Pride started their comeback when Gabrielle Alfieri smoked a two out double between outfielders. The rally continued with Kane’s single to the left side and was completed when Marisa Valenti singled to right field, to make it 2-1.
Springfield used the momentum from the second inning to score again in the third. Alexyss Conley reached on a bunt single and Ava Fernandez bunted her over to second base. Yaixsa Vargas grabbed an RBI as she smoked a ball into center field, driving in a run. Hannah Salvietti drove in pinch runner Christina D’Ambro later in the inning to make it a 3-2 game in favor of the Pride.
Amherst tied the game in the fifth inning and it stayed that was until the bottom of the eighth, and with the game on her bat, Alfieri delivered.
After the game, Bowen talked about how her team was able to come back from the early deficit.
“I think we’ve been doing a good job of finishing all seven innings,” claimed Bowen. “I think we were motivated and ready to go today.”
The Pride improved to 9-8 on the season after the win, although they dropped to 9-9 after losing the second game of the doubleheader against Amherst. Springfield will travel to play Coast Guard in its next game on Thursday.
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