Hartford, Conn. – In its final home games of the 2014 season, the Trinity softball team split a doubleheader with Western New England on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. The Golden Bears took the opener, 5-3, and ended the day with a 16-16 record, while the Bantams offense exploded in game two for a 10-0 win to enter the final weekend of play with a 10-17 mark.
In the opener, Heidi Grieger (Hyde Park, N.Y.) tossed a complete game allowing three runs (one earned) and scattering to six hits to pick up the victory for Western New England. Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) was saddled with the loss for Trinity as she also went the distance allowing just three earned runs and striking out seven.
The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the third and adding one run in both the top of the fourth and sixth innings. With two on and two outs in third, Maria Francese (Hinsdale, Mass.) opened the scoring with an RBI double to centerfield that plated a pair. In the next frame, WNE added to their lead courtesy of a solo home run off the bat of Alexis Bukowski (Wallingford, Conn.).
In the sixth inning, Heather Fecteau (Biddeford, Maine) laid down a sac bunt for Western New England after the out was recorded the ball was thrown away allowing a runner to score and give the visitors a 4-0 lead. In the home half of the inning, the Bantams finally broke through as leadoff hitter Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) came racing home on a wild pitch. Offensively, McQuad had a quality day at the plate, registering two of Trinity's six hits.
In the seventh, the Golden Bears added an insurance run after a pop up was misplayed in the Bantams infield. In the bottom of the seventh, the Bantams threatened scoring a pair and leaving the tying run on base. Bianca Brenz (Lawrence, Mass.) delivered the big hit during the rally, sending a single to center that brought two runs in. Grieger would settled down and retire both McQuaid and Abigail Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) to get out of the jam.
In the finale, Lily Jewell (Carlisle, Mass.) tossed complete game shutout to earn her second career triumph for the Bantams. Jewell scattered just four hits in the game and hasn't allowed a run over her last 8.1 innings pitched. Ostrom had a monster game for the Bantams, going 3-for-4 with homer and a season-high five RBIs. McQuaid did a good job setting the table from the leadoff spot producing four hits and scoring three runs. Sarah Reynolds (Moraga, Calif.) was the other Bantam to register a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. In total, Trinity smacked a season-best 14 hits, including Ostrom's homer, a double by Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.) and two-RBI triple by senior Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.).
The Bantams jumped on WNE early and often scoring a run in the first and adding three runs in the second, third and fifth innings, respectively.
Trinity will visit Wesleyan for a noon doubleheader on Sat., Apr. 26 and closes the regular season at Worcester State on Mon., Apr. 28 at 3 p.m. The Bantams will qualify for the NESCAC Championship Tournament on May 2-4 if Bowdoin loses three of its four NESCAC East Division games this weekend.