SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Wheaton College softball team notched two big wins over Springfield College on Saturday when they defeated the Pride 3-2 and 4-3 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double-header. The pair of wins currently ranks the Lyons at No. 3 in the NEWMAC.
Also with the victories, Wheaton improves to 21-11 overall and 11-5 in conference competition while the Pride fall to 23-15 overall and 9-9 in NEWMAC play.
GAME ONE- Wheaton 3, Springfield 2
Talia Loda posted the Pride's lone RBI and pitched a complete-game, only allowing six hits and three runs. Pitcher Danielle Cimino was effective for Wheaton as she went the distance, holding Springfield to four hits, while posting two strikeouts in her seven innings pitched.
After four innings of scoreless play, Emma Hart knocked a double to left field, plating Lily Ongkiko to jump on the board first for the Lyons as Marissa Timoteo kept the momentum going when she jacked a solo home run in the sixth to give Wheaton the 2-0 advantage.
Springfield would rally in the bottom of the sixth, as Loda would reach first on an error, but Kayla Padroff would score to make it 2-1, before Melissa Nelson grounded into a double play, but Simone Morin crossed home to make it 2-2.
GAME TWO- Wheaton 4, Springfield 3
Springfield's Nicole Cring took the circle for the Pride and pitched 2.0 innings, while Jordyn Moquin came on in relief and pitched 5.0 frames, holding the Lyons to four hits and no runs.
Pticher Allison Cox pitched a complete game for Wheaton, only allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out two.
Springfield struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Elizabeth Joseph drilled a single to right, scoring Nelson and Carianna Gasdia to give the Pride an early 2-0 lead, but two runs from the Lyons in the top of the second would knot the game at two apiece.
In the third, Wheaton took a 4-2 lead off the bat of Emily Bouthillette who laced a two-run double to left center, but the Pride would rally in the bottom of the seventh, when Gasdia drove in Rachel Ball with a single. The rally would be cut short, as Cox got out of the jam and tallied the 4-3 win for the Lyons.
Wheaton travels to Smith College (11-18, 7-8 NEWMAC) on Sunday to continue their conference double-header that was postponed on Friday due to weather. This will be Wheaton's final regular season NEWMAC matchup.