Trinity Softball Drops a Pair at Western New England

Trinity Softball Drops a Pair at Western New England

Springfield, Mass. – The Trinity College softball team lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader at regional rival Western New England on Tuesday afternoon at Golden Bear Park. The Golden Bears took the opener, 6-0, and held off a late Bantam rally in game two to score a 9-7 victory. With the two losses, the Bantams move to 6-21 on the year, while WNEU ran their winning streak to five games to improve to 24-7 overall.

In the opener, Western New England pitcher Heidi Grieger scattered five hits in a complete game shutout to earn her 11 triumph of the spring. Grieger kept the Trinity hitters off balance all afternoon as she recorded five strikeouts. Junior hurler Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) was the tough-luck loser for the Bantams as she went the distance and allowed six runs on eight hits, while fanning 10 batters. It marked the fourth time this season that King has struck out 10 or more hitters in a game. Junior outfielder Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) led the offensive attack for the Bantams, as she went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. At the dish, the Western New England smacked eight hits, highlighted by hitting three home runs. The Golden Bears opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as McKenzie Pezze hit an RBI double to right field. A solo shot in the fifth gave the hosts a 2-0 edge and Western New England put the game out of reach in the sixth with four runs courtesy of a three-run homer and a solo bomb.

The Bantams and Golden Bears wasted little time getting on the board in game two, combining to score five runs in the first inning. In the top of the first, first-year outfielder Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) opened the scoring as she charged home after a wild pitch to give Trinity a 1-0 lead. In the home half, Western New England took advantage of a pair of Bantam errors to push across four runs. The hosts stretched their lead to five at 6-1 in the second inning as they chased Trinity starter Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) and Grace Kucharski hit a single down the right field line that scored a pair. Trinity made it a one run game in the top of the third as Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) hit a RBI double to left center that scored two runs and first-year Alex Hnat (Ridgewood, N.J.) hit a single down the right field line that scored Riendeau-Card and first-year catcher Paola Otero (Lynn, Mass.). An inning later, the Golden Bears plated three runs to stretch their advantage back to four at 9-5. In the top of the seventh, Otero pulled the visitors within three with an RBI to right center and first-year Katharine Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) followed with a run-scoring fly out to center field. With the one out and the tying run at the dish, Western New England reliever Lauren Zambrano retired the final two batters to earn the save as the Golden Bears scored a 9-7 win.

Trinity returns to action this weekend, Apr. 24-25, with a three-game New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division road series versus Bates. The two squads will play one game on Friday afternoon and close out conference play with a doubleheader on Saturday.