Clermont, Fla. – Timely plays, both offensively and defensively, gave the Trinity College Bantams a nail-biting 6-5 win over the Babson College Beavers, after falling to Plattsburgh, 12-8, in softball action this evening at the U.S. National Training Center. The doubleheader split moves Trinity to 6-2 on their spring trip in Florida.
Trinity had won five straight games heading into the day before running into hot-hitting Plattsburgh. Each team posted two runs in the opening frame and the game remained tied at 2-2 until the fourth inning, when Plattsburgh posted a six spot on six hits, including two doubles. Plattsburgh first-year Kerry McCarty (Stony Brook, N.Y.) junior Samantha Tenney (Morrisonville, N.Y.) and senior Kristen Nabor (Millersville, Md.) each reached base twice in the inning for Plattsburgh, who tacked on three more runs in the fifth to build a 11-2 lead, nearly forcing an early end to the game.
Despite the significant hole, Trinity did not let up, plating four runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a deep leadoff homerun by rookie power hitter Erica Correia (Glen Rock, N.J.). Trinity racked up six hits in the inning, including a two-out two-RBI single by senior co-captain Caroline Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.), which brought the score to 11-6. Senior co-captain Kerry McCarthy (Andover, Mass.), who filled out the stat sheet today, hit an RBI double in the sixth to cut the Plattsburgh lead to 11-7, but Plattsburgh earned it right back in the top of the 7th. In Trinity's last at-bat, the Bantams loaded the bases and scored a run to cut the lead to 12-8 with the tying run at the plate. Plattsburgh starter, senior Ashley Marshall (Malone, N.Y.) re-entered the game with no outs and the bases loaded, and stopped the bleeding, ending the game with back-to-back strikeouts.
McCarthy hit the ball well for Trinity in Game 2 against Babson, stroking a double in her first at bat, and a two-out triple in the fourth inning, when she came across to score the tying run on a deep center-field double by senior Amelia Mostovoy (San Francisco, Calif.). Junior Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) scored Mostovoy on the ensuing pitch with a base knock to center, giving the Bantams a 2-1 lead. Babson answered in the bottom half of the inning, with a pinch hit RBI single by sophomore Sammy Kiley (Lynn, Mass.). Sophomore Sam Pilkington (Westborough, Mass.) put Babson back on top with an RBI double to center.
A bunt single by sophomore Christa Shorette (Southington, Conn.) in the fifth, and a deep line drive double to the wall by sophomore Kelly King (Kennebunk, Me.) tied the game at 3-3. An RBI single by Caitie Benoit gave the Beavers a 4-3 lead. Trinity answered in the top of the sixth, as McCarthy beat the throw home on an infield single by Blanchard to tie the game again, at 4-4. First-year Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.), came up with yet another clutch hit for the Bantams -- an RBI single up the middle that gave Trinity a 5-4 lead. A sacrifice fly for junior Abigail Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) gave Trinity a 6-4 lead.
The Beavers gave Trinity a scare in their last at-bat, as the first two batters reached and got into scoring position for Benoit, who cut the Trinity lead to 6-5, with a hard-hit RBI single. Trinity rookie pitcher Hannah King (Kennebunk, Me.), who had delivered plenty of timely outs with help from some highlight defensive plays, came up with the biggest three outs of the trip, retiring the side to end the game with the tying run stranded at third base.
"We are playing really well right now," Head Coach Caitlin Hitchcock said after the games. "We are proving to be a solid team that never gives up."
Trinity returns to action tomorrow at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.