Hartford, Conn. – Junior Julia Geaumont (Saco, Maine) and sophomore Emily Griffin (Tucson, Ariz.) did not allow an earned run in 21 combined innings in the circle to lead the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears to three wins over the Trinity College Bantams in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball tripleheader this afternoon. Trinity falls to 5-15 overall and 2-4 in the NESCAC East, while Bowdoin improves to 18-8 overall and 6-2 in the division. The games, originally scheduled as a two-day series in late March were moved to today due to New England’s long winter.
Griffin tossed a six-hit shutout with two K’s and two walks in the morning game, outdueling Trinity junior RHP Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) who allowed seven hits and two runs with five strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Bowdoin scored its runs on an RBI double by senior OF Cielle Collins (New Castle, N.H.) in the third inning and a Geaumont solo homer in the sixth inning. Trinity had a runner on second or third base in all but two innings but failed to push a run across. First-years Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) and Paolo Otero (Lynn, Mass.) had two hits for Trinity, while Collins and freshman C Claire McCarthy (Mercer Island, Wash.) both doubled twice and Griffin singled twice and stole a base for the Polar Bears.
After two-hour break and an 11-0 Bowdoin victory in the middle game that saw Geaumont throw a five-hit shutout and the Polar Bears capitalize on six Bantam errors, first-year RHP Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) gave a valiant effort in the Trinity circle in game three. Smith worked a complete game around nine hits and six walks to allow just one earned run, but Geaumont yielded only three hits and allowed one unearned run in the fifth inning to go 2-0 for the day before Griffin finished up to collect a save with two innings of scoreless relief.
In the final game, Bowdoin scored in the second inning on a passed ball and again in the fourth inning on a solo home run by junior 1B Katie Gately (Rehoboth, Mass.), but the Trinity infield turned a double play in each of the first four frames to keep the home team within striking distance. Trinity rookie OF Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) came through with a two-out, bases loaded single to drive in the lone Bantam run of the day in the bottom of the fifth frame, and Smith pitched out of a jam in the top of the sixth by getting the last two batters to fly out with runners on second and third base after two Bantam errors. In the bottom of the sixth, singles by Otero, junior 3B Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.) and Trinity senior 2B Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) went for naught when two Bantam runners were thrown out at third base in the inning. Geaumont and sophomore SS Marisa O’Toole (Scarborough, Maine) were 3-for-5 in game two for Bowdoin, while Polar Bear junior Nicole Nelson (Reading, Mass.) went 4-for-4 in game three. Otero had two hits in games two and three to finish 6-for-9 in the tripleheader for Trinity.