Trinity Softball Wins One Of Two At Bowdoin, Qualifies For NESCAC Tournament

Trinity Softball Wins One Of Two At Bowdoin, Qualifies For NESCAC Tournament

Brunswick, Maine - Sophomore RHP Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) tossed a five-hitter and rookie C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) drive home the game-winning run in the fifth inning with a two-out single up the middle to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 3-2 victory over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball action this afternoon.  Trinity, which lost game two of the doubleheader, 4-2, in eight innings, finishes the 2016 regular season with a 18-12 overall record and tied with the Polar Bears and the Colby College Mules for second place in the division.  With all three having a 3-3 record in games against each other and no common opponents outside the division, Trinity earned the bid to the NESCAC Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the East due to a greater run differential in games involving the three schools.  The Bantams will open post-season play at Williams on Friday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m.  Bowdoin ends its year at 21-15-2 overall. 

Trinity took a quick lead in the top of the first behind an RBI single to center by freshman SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.).  A two-run fourth gave Bowdoin its first lead of the day, but the Bantams pushed a pair of runs across the plate in the following inning, beginning with a solo homer off the bat of sophomore OF Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.). Trinity senior 2B Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) and senior co-captain OF Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) both singled and the pair advanced on a wild pitch before Towner's hard ground ball drove home both to give Trinity the lead for good at 3-2.  Smith finished with three strikeouts and one earned run and one walk allowed.  Julia Geaumont pitched 4.1 innings and allowed six hits with three strikeouts, taking the loss for the home team.

The Bantams went up, 2-0, with a pair of solo homers in the second and third innings by sophomore CF Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and McQuaid.  Bowdoin tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Marisa O'Toole hit RBI single that drove in Emily Griffin and eventually scored on a Natalie Edwards single to left.  Smith preserved the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh for Trinity after recording a third out with Bowdoin runners on second and third, but with Griffin on base in the bottom of the eighth, O'Toole ended the Bowdoin season with a two-run walkoff to left.  Bantam sophomore righty Cassia Armstrong (Victoria, British Columbia) pitched four innings, giving up as many hits and recording two strikeouts.  Smith closed out the remainder of the game with three hits allowed and as many walks.  Griffin earned the win, pitching all eight innings, and allowed four hits with two strikeouts.