Elms College's Russell named NECC Pitcher of the Week
|ATTLEBORO – Elms College men's baseball senior pitcher John Russell of Springfield was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Pitcher of the Week for baseball as announced by the league on April 8.|
Russell was named NECC Pitcher of the Week for the first this season. Russell was terrific on the hill in the first game of a double-header against NECC rival Newbury College, tossing a complete game over seven innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits while striking out three batters to earn the win highlighted by a 1-2-3 fifth frame. The Blazers swept the Nighthawks with wins of 4-1, 13-3 and 10-5 during the weekend.
Spano named to NE-10 Honor Roll
SOUTH EASTON – Sophomore attacker Bobby Spano of the American International College (AIC) men's lacrosse team was named to the Northeast-10 Honor Roll after scoring a total of nine goals in two games for the Yellow Jackets last week.
The West Springfield native scored five goals for the AIC while South Hadley's Zak Guenther scored two goals and dished out two assists, but the Yellow Jackets fell 10-8 to Assumption College on April 6.
Spano also scored four goals, but AIC was outscored 3-1 in the final three minutes as visiting Pace University rallied for a 13-12 victory on April 3.
Guenther added a goal and West Springfield's Dan Gryszko notched an assist.
WSU baseball falls in extras
WESTFIELD – Westfield's Evan Moorhouse had two singles and scored a run, but a two-run single the top of the 11th inning gave the Coast Guard Academy a 9-7 extra-inning victory over Westfield State University (WSU) on April 8.
Colson earns first win of the season in Elms softball split
NASHUA, N.H. – Sophomore Jessica Colson of Agawam picked up her first win of the season for the Elms College softball team, allowing one earned run on four hits, striking out 10 and walking one in a 7-1 win in game 2 of a doubleheader split with Daniel Webster College on April 7.
Rachel Butt of Agawam went 3-for-4 to lead the Blazers, knocking in two runs, while Ali Witaszek of Feeding Hills added two hits.
Witaszek and Butt delivered run scoring singles, South Hadley's Leah Spring went 2-for-4, and Colson fanned three batters in the final two innings and retired the side in order in both the sixth and seventh frames in the first game, a 6-3 loss.
Westfield's Chelsey Crawford drove a run home with a triple for Daniel Webster in game one, while recording an RBI single in game two.
Colson also dealt 12 strikeouts in game one of a doubleheader with Becker College on April 9, but the Blazers fell in both games 9-4 and 13-2. Witaszek recorded four hits in the two games.
AIC splits with St. Michael's
SPRINGFIELD – West Springfield's Dave Clark went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Agawam's Dan Fenton was 1-for-4 while crossing home twice in the AIC baseball team's 7-6 win over St. Michael's College in game one of a doubleheader on April 7.
Chicopee's Dan Asselin had an RBI single in a 4-3 game two loss.
Clark was also 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 3-0 win in game one of a doubleheader with St. Anselm College before dropping game two 3-2 on April 6.
Breton tosses no-hitter for WNE
DUDLEY – Sophomore right-hander Trevor Breton of Enfield, Conn. threw a no-hitter in the first game of the Western New England University (WNE) baseball team's doubleheader sweep of Nichols College on April 6.
Breton threw 86 pitches to earn the complete-game win (2-1), striking out nine and walking two as he faced just one over the minimum of 21 batters. He became the first WNE hurler to toss a no-hitter since 2005. He was named Pitcher of the Week by the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Senior co-captain Tim Clark of West Springfield had two hits as the Golden Bears had 13 as a team in an 11-4 win in game two.
Springfield College tops Babson, Smith
SPRINGFIELD – Westfield's Kelly Gallo found the back of the cage twice and Michelle Dorsey scored a free-position goal with 4.7 seconds to lift the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over Babson College in a rematch of last year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championship on April 6.
Gallo also tallied three goals and an assist in the opening 11:46 to pace the Springfield offense in a 19-9 victory over Smith College on April 9.
Fisher wins 10,000 meter race
SPRINGFIELD – Chicopee's Erica Fisher won the 10,000-meter run in 39:40.01 to help the Springfield College women's track and field team to a second-place finish at an April 6 tri-meet.
Middlebury came away victorious by scoring 143 points, followed by the Pride with 134, and Bowdoin with 108.
Weldon earns third win of the season for Blazers
HOLYOKE – Freshman pitcher Thomas Weldon of Springfield fired three strikeouts and collected his third win of the season by tossing 7.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits on the hill to help the Blazers post a 10-5 victory over Newbury College on April 7.
Junior designated hitter Sam Farnsworth of Westfield was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Farnsworth also went 4-for-8 with five RBI in a doubleheader swept of Newbury College on April 6.
Mazza nets five in Elms loss
LEICESTER – Elms College sophomore attacker Lauren Mazza of Agawam netted five goals, but Becker College topped the Blazers 13-6 in an April 6 women's lacrosse game.
WSU men's, women's track teams place sixth at AIC
SPRINGFIELD – Chicopee's Zack Delisle took fourth in the pole vault at 12-11 ½ and Southwick's Zack Madera placed sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.31 as the WSU men's outdoor track and field team finished sixth in the second annual Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by American International College on April 6.
On the women's side, Springfield's Sanya Foster won the hammer throw with a toss of 41.07 meters and won the discus with a throw of 39.33 meters for AIC, who placed second overall.
Fellow Springfield resident Jeptui Cherutich was the runner-up in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:43.95.
Jenna Miller of Chicopee tied for fourth in the high jump after clearing 1.47 meters and scored in the long jump, placing eighth with a distance of 4.89 meters for the Yellow Jackets.
Springfield's Karen Dowe placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 33-6 as the Owls placed sixth overall.
Bay Path lacrosse wins inaugural home opener
LONGMEADOW – Freshman attacker Brittany Morin of Holyoke netter her first collegiate goal as Bay Path College hosted Mitchell College in an exhibition contest for its inaugural women's lacrosse home opener, easily cruising past the Mariners 15-5 on April 3.
Elms baseball falls to Wesleyan
HOLYOKE – Elms College junior designated hitter Sam Farnsworth of Westfield was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, but Wesleyan University (Conn.) took an 8-1 victory over the Blazers baseball team on April 3.
Vautrin, Kuzmenko lift Elms volleyball
CHICOPEE – Freshman outside hitter Jeff Vautrin of Chicopee recorded 13 kills and eight digs, while freshman outside hitter Aleksandr Kuzmenko, also of Chicopee, downed nine kills and secured four assisted blocks in the Elms College men's volleyball team's 3-2 (27-29, 25-21, 25-14, 17-25, 15-11) win over Southern Vermont College on April 3.
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