Trinity Softball Falls Short In Two Close Games At Bates

Hannah King '16 allowed six hits and two runs with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings
Hannah King '16 allowed six hits and two runs with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings

Lewiston, Maine - The visiting Trinity College Bantams suffered a 2/3-1/1 doubleheader sweep against the Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball action this afternoon.  Trinity falls to 6-24 overall and completes its division schedule at 2-10, while Bates improves to 10-19 overall and 4-7 in the NESCAC East.  Bates also won yesterday's three-game series opener, 2-0, while Trinity's three losses this weekend pushes its losing skid to nine games with a home twinbill on Monday afternoon against Worcester State remaining on the schedule.

Kelsey Freedman hit her third home run in as many days and netted all three wins in the circle for Bates in the series. In game one, the Bobcats walked it off when Kira Shaikh scored on a wild pitch, despite being held to only two hits by Trinity junior starter Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine). In game two, Freedman blasted a two-run, opposite field shot to provide all the offense Bates would need to complete the sweep.  Trinity out-hit Bates 7-2 in game one, led by a 3-for-3 performance from senior 2B Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) and a 2-for-3 effort from classmate Bianca Brenz (Lawrence, Mass.). In game two, Riendeau-Card once again led the Bantams, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. King came in to relieve starter Lexi Santurri (East Greenwich, R.I.) for Trinity in game two, throwing six innings and allowing one run on four hits while striking out five.

King suffered the hard luck loss in game one, striking out eight and allowing no earned runs in six innings, while hitting a batter.  Riendeau-Card came through with a one out single to right, and scored all the way from first on a Victoria Baez (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) double to left to tie the game at one.  In the bottom of the seventh, Shaikh was hit by a pitch to start the frame, stole second, and took both third and home on two wild pitches.  Brenna Callahan threw six and a third innings for the Bobcats, allowing seven hits and one run while striking out three, and Freedman pitched two thirds of an inning to get the win.

Trinity scored first in game two, picking up the game's first run on an RBI single from Riendeau-Card through the left side to score rookie OF Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) who was hit by a pitch to start the game. In the bottom of the first however, Freedman, whose home runs have all come in the first inning, deposited the ball over the right field fence, scoring Karen Lockhart, who led off with a triple, to give Bates the 2-1 lead.  After the Freedman home run, King came back in to pitch her third game of the series, totaling 18 innings while striking out two and allowing only five runs for the three games.  Bates scored what would prove to be the final run of the game in the bottom of the third. Shaikh reached base with a one out single, stole second, and came home to score on a Callahn single to center to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.  The Bantams mounted a substantial threat in the top of the six, as Freedman issued back-to-back one out walks. Riendeau-Card singled to load the bases and with the infield drawn in,but a force out at home and grounder to the mound ended the rally.