Winter Garden, Fla. – Playing in gloomy weather conditions, the Trinity College Bantams suffered an 11-4 loss to the Framingham State College Rams in softball action this afternoon at the Dot Richardson Games. In Trinity's second game of the day, which was pushed back due to rain, Trinity jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Ripon College, before the game was called in the second inning due to a steady rain. Trinity had the bases loaded when the game was called. Trinity falls to 1-4 after the loss to Framingham.
In the first inning, Framingham State posted four runs, until Trinity starter Hannah King struck out two straight to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Christina Galese reached base with one out before Abby Ostrom roped a line drive, which resulted in an inning-ending double play. With Framingham rallying again in the second, Elizabeth McQuaid made a diving snare at shortstop to end the threat, saving at least one run, and potential for more.
With one out in the bottom fifth, Olivia DeJoie singled and came around to score on a hard-hit triple by rookie Sarah Reynolds to end a 15-inning scoring drought for the Bantams, preventing Framingham from taking an innings-shortened win. McQuaid then doubled in another run to cut the lead to 8-2. But in the top of the sixth, Framingham's Kelly Naegelin singled in a run before Jess Anthony tripled in two more runs, to put Framingham on top, 11-2, once again threatening to shorten the game.
Trinity would not make it easy, responding in the bottom of the sixth with three more runs. Claire Prosperi hit a deep double to the left field gap to score a run, before Trinity loaded the bases when Bianca Brenz beat out an infield single on a bang-bang play at first. Reynolds knocked in another run on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 11-4, but with Trinity gaining steam and looking to put together a rally, Framingham's Taylor McGrail came up with a nifty backhand pick on a sharp groundball up the middle to end the game.
Trinity returns to action with another doubleheader tomorrow in Florida. No decision has yet been made on whether the Ripon game will resume.