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Springfield Bows Out of NCAA Championship with 3-1 Loss to UMass Boston; Finishes Season 32-11

Springfield Bows Out of NCAA Championship with 3-1 Loss to UMass Boston; Finishes Season 32-11

This release is courtesy of Springfield Sports Information.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Springfield College softball team saw its season come to a close on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride fell to UMass Boston in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament, 3-1, on Potter Field.

With the loss, the Pride finish with an overall record of 32-11, the program's best season since it went 33-12 in 2003. Springfield College's 32 wins marks the third most in program history dating back to 1964.

Sophomore pitcher Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.) took the circle for the Pride and had a strong outing, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs while also striking out three Beacons batters. For UMass Boston, Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) improved to 20-7 on the year as she pitched a complete game, giving up just seven hits while holding Springfield College to just one run.

Springfield College jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) crushed her eighth home run of the season over the center-field fence, before the Beacons responded with a pair in the bottom of the frame on RBI hits from Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) and Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.).

UMass Boston tacked on one in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Beacons loaded the bases, before Raczkowski drilled one back at the circle, which hit off the foot of Allen, allowing Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) to come home, giving UMass Boston a 3-1 lead.

The Pride was unable to manufacture runs in the remaining frames, as UMass Boston sealed the 3-1 win to advance to take on Salve Regina in Game 5 of the tournament. 

Amherst 2, Salve Regina 0 -- Game #3

The Amherst College Softball team picked up a 2-0 win over Salve Regina in Game 3 of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament Regional, hosted at Potter Field on the campus of Springfield College. 

With the win, the Mammoths remain unbeaten on the national stage, and improve to 30-10 overall. This marks the first time that the Amherst College softball program has reached the 30-win plateau since the 2012 season when it went 36-6. With the loss, Salve Regina drops to 26-12 and will wait to take on the winner of Game 4 between Springfield College and UMass Boston.

For Amherst, Gina Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) improved to 19-4 overall as she pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up just three hits and striking out seven Salve Regina batters. 

Her counterpart, Kelsey Boarman (North Dighton, Mass.) pitched 7.0 innings for the Seahawks, and gave up just six hits in her fourth loss of the year. Boarman's record now stands at 18-4. 

Amherst got on the board in the top of the second inning when Andrea Sanders (Bernardsville, N.J.) singled to short, before moving to third base on a pair of groundouts from Julia Turner (Kirkland, Wash.) and Alena Marovitz (Northbrook, Ill.). Next up, Ally Kido (San Jose, Calif.) dropped one in behind first base, allowing Sanders to come home to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. 

Amherst doubled its lead in the top of the fourth inning when Marovitz drew a walk with two outs, before Scout Boynton (Concord, Mass.) took advantage of a defensive mishap from Salve Regina when she stole home to make it 2-0, Mammoths.

Showing their resiliency, Salve Regina was pressing in the bottom of the sixth inning when Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.) stole third to put runners on second and third with one out, but Pagan locked in forced two outs to get out of the jam unscathed.

Taking the circle in the bottom of the seventh, Pagan was able to shut the door on the Seahawks, as she struck out the final two batters of the contest.