Lewiston, Maine – The Trinity College softball team dropped the opening game in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division weekend series versus Bates, 2-0, on Friday afternoon at Lafayette St. Field. With the loss, the Bantams move to 6-22 overall and 2-8 in league play, while the host Bobcats improved 8-19 on the year and 2-7 in conference tilts.
Bates plated one run in the bottom of the first as Kelsey Freedman smacked a one out solo home run to center field and added an insurance in the home half of the fifth as Karen Lockhart sent a run-scoring single through the left side.
In the circle, Freedman earned her sixth win of the spring for Bates as she went the distance and struck out nine batters. Trinity outhit the Bobcats, 5-4, in the contest as junior pitcher Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) was impressive in a losing effort for the Bantams. King tossed six innings and scattered four hits to go along with nine strikeouts.
Five different Bantams had hits in the game. Trinity threatened in the top of the fourth as junior outfielder Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) leadoff the frame with a single up the middle and advanced into scoring position after a sac bunt by first-year Paola Otero (Lynn, Mass.). Following a fly out to right field, Quinones moved over to third where she was stranded as Freedman got out of the jam with a strikeout. An inning later, the Bantams had runners on the corners with two outs courtesy of a pair of singles from Bianca Brenz (Lawrence, Mass.) and Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.), but once again Freedman got out of the stanza unscathed.
Trinity and Bates conclude their weekend series with a doubleheader tomorrow, April 25, beginning at noon.