Medford, Mass. – The Tufts University softball team opened New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East play with a 7-1 win over Trinity on Friday afternoon at Spicer Field. Senior Jo Clair and first-year Cassie Ruscz each hit a home run and accounted for five of the Jumbos seven runs.
Tufts improves to 17-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while the Bantams move to 5-14 with a 3-3 mark in league tilts..
The Bantams opened the scoring and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when senior Abigail Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) drove home Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) with a double to center field. Ostrom continues her strong play in NESCAC games having now registered six RBIs in her last four league games. During that stretch, the tri-captain is batting .600 (6-for-10).
The Jumbos got their offense going in the bottom of the fourth when Sara Hedtler led off with a single to center, Clair walked and Ruscz homered to left field to give Tufts a 3-1 advantage.
Clair added to the Jumbo lead in the bottom of the fifth with her bomb to center field driving in Hedtler from second base to make it a 5-1 game. Tufts added two more runs in the fifth for the 7-1 to put the contest out of reach.
Tufts starter Lauren Giglio improved to 7-1 after tossing a complete game, allowing one earned run on three hits.
Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine), who is now 4-8, took the loss for the Bantams after allowing six hits and five runs. Lily Jewell (Carlisle, Mass.) came on in relief of King and pitched 1.2 innings allowing two runs on two hits.
The two teams will continue their conference series on Saturday, April 12, with a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. at Spicer Field.