Trinity Softball Swept At Tufts

Katie Haghdan '18
Katie Haghdan '18

Medford, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams came up empty on both ends of a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball doubleheader this afetrnoon, losing, 13-4, and, 6-1, to the Tufts University Jumbos at Spicer Field.  Trinity drops to 13-9 overall and 3-3 in the NESCAC East, while Tufts, which won yesterday's series opener, 4-3, in eight innings, improves to 16-6 overall and wins its ninth division game in as many this season and its 57th NESCAC East game in a row.

The Bantams had a 2-0 lead in the first game as first-years Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) and Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the top of the first. The Jumbos answered with two in the bottom of the second on run-scoring base hits by Sarah Finnigan and Samantha Siciliano.  Erickson and Towner drove home runs again in the third inning, giving the Bantams a 4-2 advantage. However, the Jumbos scored four in the bottom of the third, two in the fifth, and five in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early.  Senior Eric County earned the win in relief, her 13th of the season. She allowed just two hits and no runs in four innings. Sophomore Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) scored twice, while Erickson took the pitching loss.

Tufts sophomore Raina Galbiati and Trinity sophomore RHP Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) dueled in the second game. Galbiati retired the first 11 batters before allowing a fourth-inning walk. Smith allowed just one run in the first four innings on a bunt single and an rbi double by Sara Willner-Giwerc.  Trinity broke up the no-hit bid in the fifth with infield singles by sophomores Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.), laoding the bases with two outs, but Galbiati got a ground-ball out to end the inning.  Two runs in the fifth gave Tufts some breathing room, and the Jumbos added two in the sixth.  Galbiati lost the shutout in the seventh when Merullo tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Race. However, she picked up her third win, allowing five hits and one run with four K's and three walks.  Merullo finished 2-for-3 with a run for Trinity, while Race was also 2-for-3. Only three of the six runs allowed by Smith were earned as she went six innings allowing seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts.