Lewiston, Maine - The visiting Trinity College Bantams got all the runs they needed with three in the fourth inning, as first-year pitcher Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) threw a six-hit shutout for a 3-0 win over the Bates College Bobcat softball team in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division action this afternoon. Trinity improves to 13-17 overall and evens its NESCAC East mark at 5-5, while Bates drops to 9-15 overall and 1-9 in the division. The teams will conclude the three-game series tomorrow with a noon doubleheader. King notched her fifth shutout of the season, issuing one walk while striking out five, to raise her record to 11-9. She outdueled Bates sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine), who limited Trinity to seven hits and three walks while striking out eight Bantams.
The first three innings saw little offense save for a double by Trinity senior tri-captain SS Caroline Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) in the third inning. The Bantams broke through in the fourth, led off by a single into the hole by senior tri-captain 1B Kerry McCarthy (Andover, Mass.). Junior tri-captain OF Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) then bunted back to Freedman, who tried to get the lead runner out at second, but McCarthy beat the throw. McCarthy and Galese then pulled a double steal, and both came home when sophomore 2B Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) lined a sharp single into left field. Blanchard then drew a two-out walk, and first-year Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) blooped a single into shallow right to plate Riendeau-Card for Trinity's third run. Freedman struck out junior Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) to leave two Bantams stranded.
Bates threatened in the bottom of the fourth, as sophomore Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) both singled to center. Martino stole second base to put runners on second and third for senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.). Gattuso grounded out to third, and Lockhart took off for home on the throw, but was thrown out at the plate by rookie Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.) for the rally-killing double play. Bates then left two runners on in the fifth in senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine), who hit her second bunt single of the game with two outs, and sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) walked, but a groundout ended the inning.
The Bantams loaded the bases with no one out in the sixth inning, bringing up McQuaid who flied out to first-year right fielder Anna Berenson (Topsfield, Mass.). Berenson made the catch and threw to Martino, effectively blocking the plate, on one hop to nab Riendeau-Card, who had tagged up from third. Blanchard then tried to steal second base, but Martino's throw to Gattuso at second base was quickly returned to her as Trinity senior OF Amelia Mostovoy (San Francisco, Calif.0)took off for home, and was called for the third out at the plate.