Hartford, Conn. - Senior tri-captain Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) belted two solo homers to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-6 win over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball action this afternoon. Trinity remains unbeaten in the division at 3-0 and ups its overall record to 5-11, while the Polar Bears drop to 10-6 overall with the loss in their NESCAC East opener. The three-game series, which was moved to Trinity from Bowdoin due to unplayable field conditions, will conclude tomorrow with a noon doubleheader.
Ostrom homered over the center field fence with two outs in the top of the first inning, and added what proved to be an important blast to almost the same spot to lead off the seventh frame. With Bowdoin batting last as the scheduled home team, Trinity led, 7-3, entering the bottom of the seventh inning, and Adrianne Krul cranked a three-run homer that just cleared the center field fence to bring the Polar Bears to within one run with one out in their final at-bats. Trinity sophomore RHP Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) got the second out on a ground ball, but Hanna Wurgraft singled to put the tying run on base before Katie Gately grounded right back to King for the game's final out.
Bowdoin had tied the score at 1-1 on a two-out RBI double by Casey Correa in the second inning, and Trinity answered when sophomore SS Elizabeth McQuaid led off with a double and scored on sacrifice fly in the top of the third frame. Trinity first-year OF Sarah Reynolds (Mulaga, Calif.) smacked her first career home run in the fourth inning with one runner on base for a 4-1 Bantam lead, and the Bantams scored twice more on a two-run single by sophomore Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) in the fifth inning. Bowdoin got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning an an RBI double by Krul and a Trinity fielding error.
King went the distance to earn the win, scattering nine hits and allowing five earned runs with two strikeouts and one walk. Senior tri-captain OF Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) was 2-for-4 with a double, and senior DP Claire Prosperi (Northbrook, Ill.) was 2-for-3 for the Trinity offense. Julia Geaumont took the loss for Bowdoin, allowing six hits and four runs (three earned) in 3.2 innings in the circle. Melissa Del Torre struck out five Bantams in 2.2 innings, while Alana Luzzio was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, and Krul was 2-for-4 with four RBI.