Middletown, Conn. – The visiting Trinity College Bantams fell a run short in both ends of a softball doubleheader this afternoon against the Wesleyan University Cardinals. Trinity drops to 7-5, with a 4-3 and a 1-0 loss, while the Cardinals improve to 12-4. Bantam senior co-captain OF Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) went 4-for-6 at the plate with a solo homer.
Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of the first game on Quinones’ leadoff homer, and led, 2-0, after a two-out, RBI double by senior IF Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) an inning later. Wesleyan senior P Su Pardo helped her own cause with a two-run blast to tie the score in the bottom of the fifth, and freshman Rachel Kantor added a solo shot later in the inning to give the home team a 3-2 lead. The Cardinals scored once more in the fifth, but a double by sophomore OF Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) pulled the Bantams back to within one run in the top of the sixth inning. Pardo, who improved to 6-0 with a six-hitter, recorded the third out with a Bantam on second base in the final two innings to preserve the Wesleyan victory. McQuaid joined Quinones with two hits for the Bantams, while sophomore righty Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) fell to 3-3 despite allowing just six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in the Trinity circle.
Cardinal sophomore Julie McDonald outdueled Trinity sophomore Cassia Armstrong (Vancouver, British Columbia) in the nightcap, allowing seven hits and four hits with 6 K’s and leaving Trinity runners stranded in every inning but the first. Armstrong fanned four over six innings, yielding five hits, one walk, and an unearned run. The only run was scored on a walk-off single by Wesleyan rookie Olivia Gorman after senior Amanda Roosa had led off the seventh inning and advanced to third on an error, as the home team left the Bantams on the field. Trinity loaded the bases in the fifth, while first-year C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) and sophomore OF Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) doubled and reached third in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, but the Bantams could not come up with a run. Sophomore 3B Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) was 2-for-3 for the Bantam offense in game two. McDonald improved to 5-0, while Armstrong fell to 3-2.