Welch blasts a grand slam in game two win
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team used a five-run rally in game two to split a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games versus Springfield College on Saturday afternoon at Clark Field. The Lyons lost game one, 4-2, but bounced back in the second contest with a 7-4 victory.
Springfield 4, Wheaton 2
Junior Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn./Westhill) scattered seven hits over five-and-two-thirds innings of work, allowed two runs (one earned), zero walks and struck out four to pick up her eighth win of the season for the Pride. Sophomore Caisie Cadorette (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) notched her first save blanking the Lyons through one-and-one-thirds innings.
Wheaton sophomore Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) was dealt the loss on seven innings, nine hits, four runs (all earned), one walk and two punchouts.
The visitors grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first as freshman Brielle Engelbrecht (Granby, Mass./Granby) punched home a run with a base knock to center field and senior Breann Joyce (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) delivered an RBI single up the middle.
Springfield tacked on its third run in the next frame with a run-producing single to center from senior Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn./Watertown).
The Lyons trimmed away at their deficit with a run in the bottom half on a throwing error and an RBI double by freshman Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) in the fifth. With one out in the inning, freshman Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) singled down the left field line and junior Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) connected for a base hit up the middle to set up the scoring.
Engelbrecht collected her second RBI of the contest with a double down the left field line in the top of the seventh for some added insurance. The Lyons went 1-2-3 in the next half inning to close out game one.
Wheaton 7, Springfield 4
Junior Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) earned the win on five innings pitched, seven hits, four runs (three earned), two free passes and two strikeouts. Sophomore Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) shut out the Pride over the last two innings to tally her second save of the season.
Joseph took the loss in game two in relief giving up three runs (all earned) on four hits in two innings of work. Junior Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) was handed the no-decision after exiting with the lead in four innings pitched. Marino yielded four runs (one earned) on three hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lyons rallied for five runs on three hits, one error and one runner left on base. Timoteo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to slash the Pride's advantage to 4-3 and Welch followed with a grand slam, her fourth homer of the season, to push Wheaton ahead for good at 7-4. Welch connected on a 2-0 outside pitch for an opposite field homer that struck the top of the right field fence and went over.
Berardi set Springfield down in order in the sixth and allowed a leadoff double in the seventh before wrapping up her second save on a two line outs and a ground out. Berardi hit the Lyons first grand slam of the season on April 6 against MIT. The Blue and White swept the twinbill versus the Engineers by 6-5 and 8-0 scores.
Welch went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, one homer and four RBI's. Hart boasted a .500 average (4-for-8) in two games played and also scored two runs. Rocha was 3-for-8 (.375) with one double.
Wheaton (18-12, 7-3 NEWMAC) travels to Clark University tomorrow for a NEWMAC doubleheader beginning at noon. Springfield (14-14, 6-2 NEWMAC) visits Smith College tomorrow in conference action with game one scheduled for 1:00 p.m.