Clermont, Fla. – The Trinity softball team lost a pair of one-run games on Wednesday, falling to UMass Boston, 1-0, and Otterbein, 2-1, at the United States Training Center. The Bantams move to 1-6 on the season, while the Beacons improved to 2-5 and the Cardinals are now 4-2. Since opening the 2014 season with a win against Manchester University, Trinity has dropped six in a row, despite receiving strong pitching performances.
Both of the Bantams contests were pitcher's duels as Trinity starters Lily Jewell (Carlisle, Mass.) and Hannah Knight (Kennebunk, Maine) each went the distance in the first and second games, respectively. Jewell was the tough luck loser in the opener, surrendering just four hits with a trio of strikeouts and one earned run. For UMass Boston, Michelle Zullo threw a complete game shutout, allowing six hits with a pair of strikeouts and just one walk.
Knight was equally as impressive versus Otterbein. The sophomore scattered eight hits, while striking out 11 and allowing just one earned run in a losing effort. In the circle for the Cardinals, Lizzy Snodgrass got the start, giving up three hits in six innings of work and Chelsea Burns worked a scoreless seventh to earn her second save of the year.
In game one, the Beacons pushed across the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a trio of two out walks. With a full count and the bases loaded, Samantha Hemstock worked a walk after being down 0-2 to send Kaitlyn Morse trotting home for the game's only run. Trinity threatened late in the contest, putting runners on base in each of the last two innings, but Zullo worked out of trouble to earn the victory. With the tying run on second and one out in the top of the seventh, Christina Galese (Fairfield, (N.J.) lined out to centerfield and Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) was doubled off to end the contest.
In the second game, Otterbein got on the board early as Laura Brasford led off the game with a double and advanced to third on a bad throw. The next batter, Molly Riggs, brought her home with an infield single. After allowing the first two runners to reach, Knight would settle down and retire 10 of the next 11 she faced. The Bantams tied the game at one in the bottom of the fourth as Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) led off with an infield single and Abigail Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) brought her home with double to deep right center. In the top of the sixth, the Cardinals took back the lead for good when Snodgrass came around to score on a double that was flared down the right field line.
Offensively, Quinones went 2-for-3 in the opener, while McQuaid, Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) and Ostrom had hits in the second game.