Trinity Softball Wins At Wesleyan Two Different Ways

Sarah Reynolds '17
Sarah Reynolds '17
Middletown, Conn. - In contrasting games, the visiting Trinity College Bantams took a pair of softball contests against the Wesleyan University Cardinals, winning a pitcher's battle in the opener, 2-1, then outslugging its host in the nightcap, 18-11. Wesleyan concluded its season with a 10-22 record. Trinity improves to 12-17 and will end its regular season with a double-header at Worcester State on Monday. The Bantams still have an outside chance at a spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament if Bowdoin drops each of its final three conference games.

Sophomore Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) picked up both pitching wins for Trinity, allowing just two hits and one unearned run in the first game and coming in during a Cardinal uprising in the fourth inning after the Bantams had forged a 15-3 lead after three innings of the second game.  She yielded five hits and one earned run to get the game-two victory in relief. Wesleyan got an equally strong effort from sophomore Su Pardo in the first game as she allowed three hits and one earned run in taking the loss. Pardo also threw in relief during the second game, giving up six hits and two earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. She did not factor into the decision.

Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the first game after a triple to right field by sophomore Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.). When the throw to third was mishandled, McQuaid scampered home. Wesleyan knotted the count in the fifth when senior Alex Sarkowsky doubled home sophomore Amanda Roosa, who had reached via error. Trinity broke the tie in the sebenth when senior tri-captain Olivia Berry (Quincy, Mass.) opened the frame with a double to right field, advanced on a sacrifice, and scored tagging up on a foul pop-up.

Trinity used a nine-run second inning to overcome an early 2-1 deficit in the second game, then added five in the third for its 15-3 lead. Wesleyan rallied for seven runs in the fourth to make it 15-10 and added a run in the 5th to get as close as 15-11, before Trinity scored the final three runs of the contest. Leading the Bantams' 18-hit attack in the game were senior tri-captain Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.), who went 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs, and sophomore Erica Correia (Glen Rock, N.J.), who went 3-for-6 with four RBI and a pair of runs. Correia had a home run and a double in the contest while Ostrom had three doubles, giving her a team-high 10 on the season.  Trinity is now 40-11 all-time vs. Wesleyan.