Leesburg, Fla. – The Trinity College softball team opened the 2017 season on Sunday with a split of a doubleheader on the first day of the team's trip to the Sunshine State. Trinity dropped the first game of the day, 13-6, to UMass-Boston before clobbering Becker, 11-0, in five innings.
The Bantams jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against the Beacons, taking advantage of a shaky start from UMass-Boston starter Annie Thomas. Sophomore Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) drew a bases loaded walk that scored junior Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) before classmate Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) and sophomore Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) scored on separate wild pitches to open up the three-run lead.
Trinity first-year Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.) came across on a Beacon error in the third inning to add to the lead before an RBI-double off the bat of Haghdan in the top of the fourth opened up a 5-0 lead for the Bantams.
A Kaitlyn Morse RBI-single in the home half of the fourth ended the shutout for UMass-Boston before the Beacons plated a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning thanks to base hits from Lauren Mitsiaris and Alyssa Tulley.
The Bantams got one back in the top of the sixth on Haghdan's second RBI of the day, scoring junior Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.), to take a 6-3 lead, but the Beacons exploded for ten runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the game out of reach. A bases-clearing double by Roxanne Vento capped off the scoring for UMass-Boston before Thomas held Trinity scoreless in its last at bat to secure the 13-6 victory.
In game two, Trinity outslugged Becker to the tune of an 11-0, five-inning victory, behind a complete-game shutout bid from rookie pitcher Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) in her collegiate debut. Golia was efficient in her first appearance in a Bantam uniform, striking out six and allowing just three hits scattered across five innings of work.
Trinity's bats gave Golia all the run support she needed in the first inning as the Bantams opened up a four-run lead to start the game. Haghdan, who paced the offense with three RBIs, drove home two on a single to highlight the inning.
A two-run double off the bat of Erickson in the second inning highlighted another crooked number effort from the Bantam offense as Trinity opened up a 9-0 lead after two. Treglia later laced a two-run double in the home half of the third inning to cap off the game's scoring as Golia cruised the rest of the way in the circle to lead Trinity to its first win of the season.
Trinity returns to action tomorrow for a doubleheader with games against New Park at 10:30 a.m. and the University of New England at 1 p.m.