Brunswick, Maine - Despite falling behind 5-0, the Trinity College softball team fought back to make things interesting but it was not enough as the Bantams fell, 5-3, to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Friday afternoon in game one of Trinity's final New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series of the regular season. Trinity falls to 17-11 overall and 5-5 in conference play while Bowdoin improves to 20-14 and 5-5 in league action as well.
Senior co-captain Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) paced the Bantam offense with two of the team's three hits. Bowdoin starting pitcher Julia Geaumont (Saco, Maine) threw a complete game in the circle for the Polar Bears as all three of the runs allowed were unearned. Trinity sophomore pitcher Cassia Armstrong (Vancouver, B.C.) got the start in the circle for the visitors and gave up six hits and five runs in three innings of work before giving way to fellow sophomore Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.)
Bowdoin struck first with a run in the home half of the first inning before exploding for four more in the bottom of the third. RBI singles from Caroline Rice (Santa Ana, Calif.), Geaumont, and Natalie Edwards (Pasadena, Calif.), followed by a passed ball later in the inning that brought home Edwards accounted for the four Polar Bear runs in the third.
Trinity answered with a pair of runs in the next half inning as sophomore Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) and freshman Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) came home thanks to multiple Bowdoin errors which cut the deficit to three.
Smith kept the Polar Bears off the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth innings before a hard hit ball to short stop by freshman Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) scored sophomore Mandi Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) in the top of the sixth to make it a 5-3 ballgame. After a scoreless bottom of the sixth, Geaumont retired the Bantams in order in the seventh to seal the two-run victory.
Both teams return to action tomorrow for a doubleheader in Brunswick with first pitch for game one scheduled for noon.