Hartford, Conn. – Junior 3B Adriane Krul (Ashburnham, Mass.) went 5-for-8 with two doubles, five runs, and two RBI to lead the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears to a 10/5-4/1 doubleheader sweep against the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball action this afternoon. Trinity, which took the three-game series opener yesterday, 7-6, drops to 5-13 overall and 3-2 in the NESCAC East, while Bowdoin improves to 12-6 overall and 2-1 in the division. The series was moved from Brunswick, Maine to Hartford due to unplayable field conditions at Bowdoin, and the Polar Bears served as the home team on Trinity’s field for all three games.
Trinity got off to positive start, scoring twice in the top of the first inning of game one on singles by sophomore SS Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) and senior tri-captain CF Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) and a two-run triple by senior tri-captain C Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.). Bowdoin scored five in the bottom of both the second and third frames, as sophomore Nicole Nelson (Reading, Mass.) highlighted the second inning with a two-out, two-run double and senior captain Hanna Wurgaft (Montclair, N.J.) added a two-run single with two outs in the third inning. Trinity rallied for two innings in the fifth inning on a lead-off walk by Galese, another triple by Ostrom, and a run-scoring double by sophomore 3B Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.), and threatened again in the seventh. Ostrom led off the final frame with a walk and senior DP Claire Prosperi (Northbrook, Ill.) singled, but Bowdoin rookie hurler Emily Griffin (Tucson, Ariz.) retired the final out for a complete-game victory in the circle. McQuaid joined Ostrom with two Bantam hits in the first game, while sophomore RHP Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) took the pitching loss.
Bowdoin senior captain RHP Melissa Della Torre (Scarborough, Maine) tossed a three-hitter in game two, allowing one unearned run with three strikeouts and two walks, while Krul was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. The Polar Bears scored once in the bottom of the first inning on a walk and stolen base by Krul and an RBI single by Nelson, and twice in the second inning on RBI singles by Griffin and sophomore Katie Gately (Rehoboth, Mass.). Krul doubled to start the bottom of the fourth frame and later scored on a ground ball to give Bowdoin a 4-0 lead, while Trinity junior 1B Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) started the sixth inning with a double and reached third on a passed ball but failed to score.
After a fifth Bowdoin run came home in the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks to an RBI single by Wurgaft, Trinity got on the scoreboard in its final time at bat. One out away from the loss, Trinity freshman OF Sarah Reynolds (Moraga, Calif.) reached base on a Polar Bear error and scored on an RBI double down the right field line by senior tri-captain C Olivia Berry (Quincy, Mass.). Prosperi delivered a single to keep the rally going, but Della Torre got Riendeau-Card to pop to shortstop and end the game. After a solid relief effort in the opener, allowing one run and two hits over 3.2 innings, Trinity rookie RHP Lily Jewell (Carlisle, Mass.) took the loss in the nightcap with 10 hits and four runs allowed over five innings. Griffin had two hits in each game for the Polar Bear offense.