Bears Swept in NEWMAC Opening Doubleheader

Kylie Vaverek
Kylie Vaverek

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Talia Loda and sophomore Shelby Allen each threw a shutout while junior Kristen Drobiak was 6 for 7 with a grand slam and five RBI's on the day leading Springfield to a sweep of Coast Guard to open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

The Pride won the opener 9-0 in six innings and won the nightcap 8-0 in six innings to improve to 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard drops to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Wesleyan at 3:00.

GAME ONE – SPRINGFIELD 9, COAST GUARD 0 (6 INNINGS)

Loda and Coast Guard freshman Julia Ferris were in a pitchers' duel with Springfield leading 1-0 before the Pride erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 9-0 win.

Drobiak's grand slam capped the eight-run sixth and ended the game due to the eight-run rule. Drobiak led off the sixth with a double  and came around on freshman Allie Wheeler's two-run double which gave the Pride a 3-0 lead.

A throwing error extended the inning and Loda added a sacrifice fly before Drobiak's blast to left field.

Springfield took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as Drobiak walked and pinch runner junior Rachel Ball was bunted to second and scored on an RBI single by Wheeler.

Loda allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out four to improve to 6-0 on the season.

Ferris (4-2) was touched for nine hits and nine runs (four earned) while walking one and fanning three in taking the loss for Coast Guard.

Wheeler added two hits and three RBI's for the Pride in the game one win.

Freshman Kayla Sowers had two of the Bears four hits in the opener with sophomore Sharayah Simco having the only extra base hit for Coast Guard, a double in the fifth.

GAME TWO – SPRINGFIELD 8, COAST GUARD 0 (6 INNINGS)

Allen fired a two-hit shutout as she allowed just two infield singles walked four and struck out two to improve to 3-1 on the year.

Loda,  Drobiak, Wheeler and junior Carianna Gasdia each had three hits as Springfield had 16 hits in the game two win.

Drobiak had and RBI single in the first as the Pride took a 1-0 lead before Gasdia blasted a three-run homer in the second pushing the lead to 4-0.

Springfield would score three unearned runs in the fifth taking advantage of a pair of errors with the only RBI coming from Ball on a ground out and the Pride led 7-0.

Freshman Alexyss Conley's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth ended the game. She finished with two hits in the nightcap.

Sophomore Mackenie Everett (4-2) took the loss for the Bears allowing four runs, all earned in 1 1/3 innings. Freshman Kylie Vaverek pitched the final 4 1/3 innings and was touched for four runs, just one earned while fanning two.