SB: Day 1 at Springfield - Wellesley and Springfield Highlight at #2 Site

SB: Day 1 at Springfield - Wellesley and Springfield Highlight at #2 Site

2017 NEWMAC Softball Championship Bracket

This release is courtesy of Springfield Sports Information

SPRINGFIELD, Mass - Day One at #2 Springfield College - NEWMAC Softball Championship

Game: #3 Wheaton vs. #6 Wellesley | Wellesley def. Wheaton 2-1

Wellesley struck twice in the top of the fourth inning and never looked back as the Blue took down Wheaton, 2-1, in the opening day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament at Potter Field on Friday afternoon.

With the win, Wellesley improves to 18-10 and will advance to face No. 2 Springfield College at 4:30 p.m. 

For the Blue, junior pitcher Jula Warner (Kenmore, Wash.) picked up her seventh win of the season as she pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just five hits while fanning four Lyons. For Wheaton, Danielle Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) took the loss as she also pitched 7.0 innings, held the Blue to four hits and struck out three.

Senior Ashtyn Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Blue, while Kendra Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Veronica Locher (Walnut Creek, Calif.) also picked up hits in the victory. For Wheaton, Jessica Cochrane (Walpole, Mass.) went 2-for-3 to lead the Lyons.

Wheaton got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when an error from the catcher resulted in Mary DeMoura (Boston, Mass.) crossing home to give the Lyons a 1-0 lead. The Blue answered in the top of the fourth when Locher cracked a double to left center, which scored Kalei Oliver (Vista, Calif.), before Locher advanced to third and was granted home due to the ball going out of play to make it 2-1, Wellesley. 

Both pitchers locked in for the remainder of the game, as Warner was able to preserve the win to advance to Blue. 

Game: #2 Springfield vs. #6 Wellesley | Springfield def. Wellesley 8-0

Led by three RBI from junior infielder Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), and another dominant pitching performance from Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.), the second-seeded Springfield College softball team defeated sixth-seeded Wellesley, 8-0, in six innings on Friday afternoon at Potter Field. 

Springfield College, which is currently the No. 1 ranked team in New England according to the NCAA Division III Regional Rankings, improves to 31-7 overall, while Wellesley drops to 18-11 on the year.

The Pride will advance to the second day of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, which will be hosted at WPI. Springfield College will square off with fourth-seeded Babson College at 5 p.m. Wellesley will advance to take on top-seeded WPI on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Drobiak finished the day going 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in three runs while scoring two. Junior outfielder Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) was 3-for-3 on the day, while four student-athletes each registered one RBI apiece. 

Loda finished pitching just 6.0 innings, holding the Blue to four hits and striking out a pair to pick up her 18th win of the season. For the Blue, Madeline Bianchi (Lakeville, Minn.) took the loss as she gave up 11 hits and five earned runs in 5.0 innings.

Springfield College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back RBI singles from Jen Slane (Tolland, Conn.) and Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.), which scored Loda and Gasdia.

The Pride doubled its lead in the bottom of the third inning when Gasdia got hit by a pitch to take first, before Drobiak cracked her sixth home run of the season over the right-center fence to make it 4-0, Springfield College. 

Drobiak provided the Pride with an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Gasdia singled for the third time of the game to lead the inning off, before she advanced to second ona passed ball and came home on another RBI single from Drobiak, before the junior came around on an error at short. Next up, Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.) singled to left, scoring Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.), before Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.) ended the game early with another RBI single through the left side.