New London, Conn. - First-year RHP Lily Jewell (Carlisle, Mass.) earned her first career victory in the circle, allowing two hits and five runs over five innings, and senior DH Claire Prosperi (Northbrook, Ill.) drove home the game-winning run in the sixth inning with a two-runs single to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 4-1 victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy Bears in softball action this afternoon. Trinity, which dropped the first game, 3-2, in its first road game of the year, is now 2-9, while the Bears are 7-7.
Coast Guard opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Jessie Richardson singled down the left field line to plate Morgan Kingston. Trinity got the run back in the top of the second inning when Prosperi grounded out to short to score sophomore SS Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.)from third base to knot the game at 1-1. The clubs traded zeroes for the next three and a half innings until Trinity broke through on Prosperi's base-hit in the sixth. After sophomore Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) and McQuaid led off the inning with back-to-back singles and were moved to second on a sacrifice by senior tri-captain Olivia Berry (Quincy, Mass.), Prosperi lined a shot into center to score Quinones easily and McQuaid just ahead of the throw to make it 3-1 in favor of the Bantams. Trinity added an insurance run in the seventh when Quinones grounded out to second and scored senior tri-captain Abigail Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) scored on the play. Sophomore RHP Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) worked two scoreless innings of relief, yielding a pair of hits and registering two strikeouts to record the save. Bear sophomore Sarah Sorensen was dealt the loss. allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two.
Junior Kelsey Gray delivered a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth in the opener that plated senior center fielder Kaitlin Ward who led off the inning with a single off the center field fence to give Coast Guard a 3-2 lead. Trinity had gotten the scoring started in the top of the first when sophomore 3B Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.) grounded a two-out single past the diving arms of junior second baseman Jessie Richardson to score Ostrom who had just doubled. The Bantams tacked on another run in the third as freshman Sarah Reynolds (Moraga, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to center, was moved to third on a bunt and a wild pitch, before scoring on Correa's second RBI-single of the game to give Trinity a 2-0 lead.
The Bears struck back in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs. Sophomore SS Morgan Kingston reached on an error and scored on a double by Erin Lisko to cut the Bantam lead in half at 2-1. Richardson followed that up with a bloop double down the left field line to score Lisko and tie the game at 2-2. With one out in the sixth, Ward singled and scored on Gray's go-ahead hit. Sophomore right-hander Kristine Kahl picked up the win for the Bears working seven innings and allowing just two runs on 10 hits and three walks while recording a pair of strikeouts. King was dealt the loss despite six strong innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.