Hartford, Conn. – First-year RHP Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) tossed a six-hit shutout and junior Olivia Berry (Quincy, Mass.) scored the game’s only run on a double, a sacrifice bunt, and an overthrow to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball action this afternoon. Trinity improves to 8-5 and Bowdoin drops to 11-6 with its first loss in four games. Both teams were playing in their NESCAC East openers, and they will finish the three-game series at Trinity tomorrow with a doubleheader at noon.
Bowdoin had runners reach third base in the first two innings, had a runner thrown out at third after a one-out double in the third frame, and threatened one last time with runners on second and third with one out in the sixth inning. King induced a ground ball and struck out the last two batters to pitch out of a second-and-third jam with none out in the opening stanza, and fanned another with runners on first and third in the second frame. Polar Bear senior co-captain Toni DaCampo (Woburn, Mass.) doubled over Trinity first-year RF Elizabeth McQuaid’s (Lowell, Mass.) head with one out in the third inning, but McQuaid made a quick throw to sophomore 2B Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) who rifled quickly to get a sliding DaCampo on the tag.
Berry led off the bottom of the third inning with a double, which proved to be the only hit off Bowdoin junior RHP Melissa DellaTorre (Scarborough, Maine). Bantam senior OF Amelia Mostovoy (San Francisco, Calif.) bunted Berry to third, but a throwing error from first to third in an attempt to double Berry off third base went awry and Berry trotted home. Neither team threatened again until the top of the sixth inning, when Polar Bear freshman 1B Katie Gately (Rehoboth, Mass.) singled and sophomore OF Victoria Rusch (New Canaan, Conn.) doubled with one out. King got the next two batters to pop up in the infield and preserve the shut out, and followed with a 1-2-3 seventh inning that included two strikeouts to end the game. King finished with 10 K’s and walked one, while DellaTorre yielded just the one double and one unearned run while fanning two and walking none.