Lewiston, Maine - The visiting Trinity College Bantams completed a sweep of its three-game New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball series against the Bates College Bobcats this afternoon, winning game one, 9-1, in five innings and riding Olivia Berry's (Quincy, Mass.) lead-off home run in the top of the eighth for a 7-4 win in game two. Trinity improves to 15-17 overall and finishes 7-5 in the NESCAC East, while extending its conference winning streak to six games. The Bobcats finish their season with a 9-17 record, including a 1-11 mark in conference play.
First-year pitcher Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) had complete-game victories in both contests, as she did in Friday's 3-0 Trinity win. She limited Bates to one run on three hits over five innings in the opener, and went into extra innings in the nightcap, scattering 10 Bates hits with no walks while allowing four runs (three earned) to raise her record to 13-9. The Bantams struck for four runs in each of the first two innings of the day for an 8-1 lead, then made it an eight-run margin in the top of the fifth, as freshman Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) led off with a single, stole second base, and scored on Kerry McCarthy's (Andover, Mass.) single. King's 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth ended the game.
The Bantams led off the scoring when senior tri-captain SS Caroline Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) and McQuaid singled and junior Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) reached on an error to score Blanchard. Junior tri-captain OF Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) then cleared the bases with her second home run of the season. Bates got a run back in the bottom of the inning, as Kelsey Freedman hit a two-out double, and scored on Karen Lockhart's RBI double. Trinity made it 8-1 in the second, again putting its first two batters on base before the third reached on a Bates error. Ostrom's two run single scored senior OF Amelia Mostovoy (San Francisco, Calif.) and Blanchard to make it 6-1, and both rookie 3B Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.) and Galese followed with RBI singles of their own.
The second game was tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third,
3-3 in the bottom of the fourth and 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth,
but Trinity never trailed. After Berry's homer in the
McQuaid singled to put runners at the corners, and Ostrom doubled home both runners for home with her fourth hit of the game. King yielded a single in the bottom of the eighth, but retired the next three batters to end the game.
In Trinity's two-run fourth, Blanchard doubled and both McQuaid and Ostrom had RBI singles. Ostrom and McCarthy both singled for Trinity's initial run in the third, and Berry's double scored Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) for the Bantams' run in the fifth. Bates evened the game in the third as Anna Berenson led off with a double and scored when Molly Brown reached on an error. In the fourth, two singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third for the Bobcats, and two more Bates singles tied the game at 3-3. A throwing error scored Bates' fourth run in the fifth.