Softball Falls to St. Lawrence and Hamilton in Florida

Softball Falls to St. Lawrence and Hamilton in Florida

Clermont, Fla. – The Trinity College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader versus St. Lawrence and Hamilton on Wednesday afternoon at Hancock Field. The Bantams fell to the Saints, 7-1, in game one and the Continentals held off a late Trinity rally to score a 2-1 triumph in game two. Trinity enters its final day of play in Florida with a 2-6 overall record.

In the opener versus the Saints, senior Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) led the Trinity offensive attack, going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Junior shortstop Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) and junior left fielder Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) each went 1-for-3 for the Bantams and Quinones came around to score the team's lone run on Riendeau-Card's sixth-inning two bagger. In the circle, first-year Lexi Santurri (East Greenwich, R.I.) was saddled the loss as she went 2.2 innings and allowed four runs while striking out one batter. First-year Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) pitched well in relief for the Bantams, going 3.1 innings and surrendering just one earned run. St. Lawrence opened the scoring with three straight two-out extra-base hits in the bottom of the second. Freshman Emma Reakes capped the four-run frame for the Saints with a two-run homer to right field. Two innings later, St. Lawrence built their lead to five as Aisha O'Connor came around to score on a Trinity throwing error. After Riendeau-Card's RBI double made it 5-1 in the top of the sixth, the Saints answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame.

In the finale, junior Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) was the tough-luck loser for Trinity, tossing seven innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out 10. In the circle for Hamilton, Kelly Leonard kept the Bantam hitters off balance all game and went the distance to earn her second win of the season. Leonard scattered five hits and struck out six Bantams. The Continentals opened the scoring in the top of the third as leadoff hitter Hannah Staab hit a double and came around to score on a double down the left field line by Olivia Gozdz. Hamilton threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases before King got out of the jam by inducing a flyout. Trinity had a two-out rally in the bottom half of the frame, but Leonard registered a strikeout with runners on first and second to keep the Continentals ahead 1-0. In the top of the seventh, Hamilton stretched its lead to two, taking advantage of two Trinity errors to hold a 2-0 advantage. Junior Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.) lead off the bottom of the seventh with a double to deep right center. Riendeau-Card followed with a double down the left field line that brought pinch runner Kathleen Meersman (Chicago, Ill.) racing home. Riendeau-Card advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there as Leonard forced a groundout to end the contest.

Trinity returns to action tomorrow, Mar. 19, with a doubleheader versus Plymouth State and Keene State. The contests will take place at the NTC Sports Complex and will conclude the action for the Bantams in the Sunshine State during their spring trip.