Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore pitcher Cassia Armstrong (Vancouver, B.C.) allowed just one unearned run in game one while sophomore pitcher Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) threw a one-hit shutout in game two as the Trinity College softball team swept the Colby College Mules on Saturday in a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East matchups. Trinity improves to 17-10 overall and 5-4 in conference play while Colby drops to 12-15 on the year and 3-6 in league action.
Senior Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) and freshman Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) drove in three runs each in game one to pace the Bantams offensively. Quinones got things going in the home half of the second with an RBI double that plated fellow senior Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.). Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) knocked home Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) later in the inning to give Trinity a 2-0 advantage after the first.
Colby managed a run in the second thanks to an RBI single off the bat of freshman Wiley Holton (Dedham, Mass.) but that was the only blemish Armstrong allowed all day. Erickson clubbed a three-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth to put Trinity up, 5-1, before Quinones provided a pair of insurance runs in the sixth with a two RBI single that scored McQuaid and sophomore Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) as Armstrong shut the door in the seventh to earn her ninth win of the season in the circle.
Trinity plated three runs in game two thanks to an RBI single from Armstrong in the bottom of the second and RBIs from Quinones and Treglia in the bottom of the third to give Smith all the run support she needed. Smith allowed the only Mule hit of the game, a single by sophomore Julia Saul (Palo Alto, Calif.), in the top of the third inning before cruising the rest of the way to earn her seventh win of the season.
Trinity returns to action next weekend for a three game series at Bowdoin in the final NESCAC East series of the season for the Bantams.