Medford, Mass. - Senior catcher Jo Clair drove home seven runs in the two games, and pitchers Allyson Fournier and Lauren Giglio both hurled shutouts as the Tufts University softball team swept a doubleheader against Trinity College, 9-0, and 5-0, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East division action this afternoon at Spicer Field. No. 4-ranked Tufts has now won 28 straight NESCAC East games, improving to 3-0 in the division and 19-3 overall this spring. The Jumbos swept the weekend series from the Bantams, including a 7-1 final on Friday. Trinity is now 5-16 overall and 3-5 in the NESCAC East.
Trinity's hit came in the top of the second with one out when sophomore RF Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) hit an infield single to third. Otherwise, Fournier struck out four and did not walk a batter while improving to 9-0 and lowering her earned run average to 0.45. The shutout was her fifth this spring. The Jumbos took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and extended their lead to 5-0 in the second as Christina Raso hit an rbi single to right and Clair drove home the second of her six rbis in the game with a sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Clair launched a grand slam that put the hosts up 9-0. They eventually won the game in five innings by the eight-run mercy rule. The Jumbos had eight hits overall in game one, including two each by Raso and Clair. Raso and Cooprider both scored twice. First year Lily Jewell took the pitching loss for Trinity, while classmate Meghan Logan pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Trinity had six base runners against Giglio in game two, but could not push a run across the plate. She left the bases loaded in the second with a strikeout to end the Bantams' best threat of the day following singles by first-year LF Sarah Reynolds (Moraga, Calif.) and senior DP Olivia Berry (Quincy, Mass.). Clair homered in the bottom of the first and junior 2B Gracie Marshall hit solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings. Giglio allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks for her eighth win. Sophomore RHP Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) took the loss for Trinity, giving up nine hits and five runs (four earned) with three strikeouts and a walk in six innings.