WEST POINT – Behind a combination of lights-out pitching and power hitting, the Army West Point softball team secured a 4-0 Patriot League victory to win the regular season series against Colgate on Sunday afternoon.
Courtney Springman started for the second time this weekend against the Raiders (6-23, 2-4 Patriot League) and went the distance. The freshman gave up just two hits and struck out five en route to the Army (15-21, 5-4 Patriot League) win.
The top-three batters in the lineup were on fire in the series finale, collecting six of the team’s nine hits. Amelia Trotter, Kristen McPeek and Emily Ballesteros all had multi-hit outings while scoring and driving in all four Army runs.
After a pair of scoreless frames from both teams, the Army bats came alive in the top of the third. With one out, Trotter singled into left before coming all the way around from first on a McPeek RBI double to left center. Ballesteros then dug into the box and blasted the ball over the fence in left to put the Black Knights ahead 3-0.
The Cadets still led by three in the fifth and with one out, Colgate swapped pitchers in the circle. With one ball and one strike on her, Trotter took the following pitch and launched it off of the light pole in deep left center for a solo home run.
With a 4-0 lead, Springman shut the door on the Raiders the rest of the way. In the final three frames, she allowed just two base runners.
Army will step away from league play to face off against Iona on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at West Point.