Springfield Sweeps No. 25 Wheaton, 5-4 & 9-6

Springfield Sweeps No. 25 Wheaton, 5-4 & 9-6

Lyons (29-7, 13-5 NEWMAC) await seeding placement in upcoming NEWMAC Tournament

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team, ranked No. 25 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Top 25 national poll, dropped a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games to Springfield College on Saturday afternoon at Potter Field. The Pride claimed a 5-4 victory in game one and a 9-6 triumph in game two.

SPRINGFIELD 5, WHEATON 4

Springfield freshman reliever Camdyn Morgillo (West Haven, Conn./West Haven) picked up her second win of the season (2-1) yielding one hit alongside one strikeout in the seventh inning. Pride starter Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn./Westhill) was handed the no-decision on six innings, eight hits, four runs (three earned), zero walks and a game-high six punchouts.

Wheaton senior starter Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) took the loss on 6 1/3 innings, 12 hits, five runs (two earned), one walk and four strikeouts.

Trailing 3-1 after the first inning, the Lyons responded in the third as senior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton Rehoboth) and junior Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) registered RBI singles to even the score at 3-3.

Springfield responded in the next half inning receiving a run-producing double to right field off the bat of freshman Tasha Polana (Orange, Mass./Mahar Regional) to reclaim the lead at 4-3.

Lyons' sophomore Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) answered for the guests in the fifth with an RBI single to right-center, but Polana delivered once again for the Pride in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off infield single scoring sophomore Brielle Engelbrecht (Granby, Mass./Granby) for the game one victory.

Engelbrecht set up the scoring with a leadoff triple before Polana came up with the game-winning hit after sophomore Melissa Nelson (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) was intentionally walked, advanced to second on a defensive indifference and classmate Jenna Webb (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) struck out swinging.

SPRINGFIELD 9, WHEATON 6

Senior Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) earned her fifth win (5-5) of the season going four innings while allowing eight hits, six runs (all earned) and two walks with three strikeouts. Morgillo collected her second save of the year finishing the last three innings alongside two hits and a strikeout.

Berardi was dealt the loss (7-3) on 2 1/3 innings pitched, six hits, six runs (five earned), no walks and one strikeout. Sophomore Jillian Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) turned in a solid relief performance throwing three scoreless innings for the Lyons.

Je. Rocha gave Wheaton a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double to left field, but Springfield used a nine-run, seven hit third inning to put the guests in a big hole early in the contest.

Engelbrecht, Nelson, Webb, Polana, junior Brittany Lally (Hudson, Mass./Hudson), classmate Johanna Burke (Oxford, Mass./Oxford), seniors Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) and Christina Leader (Yorktown Heights, Yorktown) all had RBIs in the frame with Engelbrecht leading the squad with two total.

The Lyons did not go away easily as Wheaton posted five runs on five hits in the top of the fourth to bring the game within three runs at 9-6. Freshman Rebecca Seifert (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) notched a two-run single to center, sophomore Sara Morrow (Woodstock, Conn./Marianapolis Prep) drove in a run with a base hit up the middle and senior Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) capped the scoring with a two-run single to left-center.

Marino gave up a hit to sophomore Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) in the next at-bat of the inning to put the game-tying run at the plate, but induced the Lyons next hitter into a fly out to right to escape any further damage. Morgillo only allowed two runners to reach scoring position over the next three innings to complete the sweep for the Pride.

Wheaton (29-7, 13-5 NEWMAC) awaits its seeding placement in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament along with Springfield (18-9-1, 11-6 NEWMAC).

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