Clermont, Fla. - The Trinity College softball team knocked off the Norwich University Cadets in an 11-1, run-rule shortened game before falling 9-1 in the second game against the Plymouth State Panthers to finish up their Florida schedule with an impressive 7-3 record.
Trinity's Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) started in the circle in game one and earned the win as she struck out eight and allowed just four hits over five innings of work. Smith's lone blemish came in the top of the first via an RBI single off of the bat of Cadet LF Taylor Morris (Haverhill, N.H.).
After a scoreless second inning, junior Olivia DeJoie (Lynn, Mass.) led off the bottom of the third for Trinity with a walk that gave way to sophomore Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) who crushed a double deep over the left fielders head to put runners on second and third. After two quick outs by the Bantams, a Norwich error brought home DeJoie and Treglia to give Trinity a 2-1 lead. Freshman Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) drove in the third run of the inning on a hard hit triple down the right field and was brought home on a single by senior Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) the next at bat. The six-run inning was highlighted by an inside-the-park homerun off the bat of freshman Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) that drove home two runs.
Trinity scored five more runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth take a commanding 11-1 lead before Smith retired the Cadets in the top of the fifth to seal the five inning victory, good for the Bantams fifth win in a row.
Sophomore Cassia Armstrong (Vancouver, B.C.) started game two pitching for the Bantams, fresh off a complete game, three-hit shutout against UMass-Boston earlier in the week. Armstrong went four and a third innings and allowed five earned runs on four hits, five walks, and four strikeouts in the 9-1 setback.
The Bantams took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first on an RBI double by Erickson that brought home sophomore Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) who led off the inning with her own two-bagger.
Plymouth State scored five runs in the top of the fourth on three hits and two errors. One of the hits was a three-run homerun to right centerfield by Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) that gave Plymouth State a 5-1 lead.
The Panthers added three more runs in the top of the fifth thanks to five base-on-balls, making it an 8-1 ballgame. Plymouth State plated another run in the sixth and shut the door in the bottom half to cap off the win.
Trinity returns home to Hartford after a spring trip that saw the team score 45 runs in 10 games and hit .302 as a team, including a pair of home runs. The Bantams return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 22, for a doubleheader at Coast Guard University in New London.