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Springfield Controls Day One of NEWMAC Softball Tournament at SC; Defeats Wheaton, 12-0

Springfield Controls Day One of NEWMAC Softball Tournament at SC; Defeats Wheaton, 12-0

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Christina Leader and Breann Joyce of the Springfield College softball team each knocked in three runs to lead SC over Wheaton, 12-0 in five innings, this afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament game at SC's Potter Field. In the first game of the day at Potter Field, Wheaton had beaten WPI, 6-0. 

As a result of these two games, #1-seeded Springfield continues on in the winner's bracket, and will play #2-seeded Babson Saturday at Springfield at 10 am. It is a double elimination tourney. And both Springfield and Babson are the only unbeaten teams at this point. in the early part of the tournament.

#5-seeded Wheaton, having gone 1-1 on the day, is now 18-20 overall. #4-seeded WPI, 0-1 on the day, is now 24-15 overall. 

In game #2 at Potter Field, Springfield was led by sophomore right-hander Ashley Marino (Harrison, N.Y.). who spun a two-hit five-inning shutout. Marino struck out nine and walked none, facing only 18 batters, in going the distance in the 12-0 Springfield victory.

Baker took the loss, evening her record at 12-12. In 2 1/3 innings she gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Christmas came on in relief, and gave up seven runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Marino lowered her ERA to 1.12 and is now 13-6 on the season, which includes two no-hitters.

In the bottom of the first, following a single and a walk, sophomore outfielder Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I.) scored on a muffed throw, giving SC a 1-0 lead.

It was in the third inning and fourth innings where the Pride really broke it open, scoring six runs in the third and five more in the fourth.

In the third, senior second baseman Kasey Kelly (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and junior shortstop Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) both singled. Junior first baseman Breann Joyce (Trumbull, Conn.) then ripped a three-run home run to give the Pride a 4-0 lead. Junior outfielder Chelsea Bender (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) followed suit with another home run. Later, two more unearned runs came across.

In the fourth inning, the big hits were provided on a two-run single by senior third baseman Tess Gagliano (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) and on a three-run triple by Leader, a sophomore center fielder from Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Blake went 2-for-3 and now owns a 19-game hitting streak. Her batting average increased to .412. Others who have hefty batting averages include Kelly (.382), Leader (.381), and Joyce (.380). Rivelli is hitting ,322.

Wheaton's two hits came in the first and the fourth -- both singles. 

Release courtesy of Springfield College Sports Information