Softball Splits Doubleheader in NESCAC East Home Opener

Rachael Smith '18
Rachael Smith '18

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College softball team took game one, 7-3, before falling, 9-1 in game two, against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Sunday in the Bantams' first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East action of the season at the team's new field on campus. Trinity moves to 9-6 on the year and starts out NESCAC East play 1-1 while Bowdoin sits at 12-6 after the day's results and also is 1-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) blasted a two-run homerun off the right field scoreboard in the fourth inning of game one to lead the Bantams to the victory. Erickson also scored three runs in the victory while senior captain Victoria Baez (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) went 3-for-3 with a game-high three RBIs. Trinity junior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) earned the win in the circle, scattering six hits and recording six strikeouts in the complete-game bid.

Trinity struck first on an RBI single off the bat of first-year Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.) in the home half of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead before Erickson and classmate Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) came around to score on a two-run base knock from Baez. Bowdoin rookie Allison Rutz (Essex Junction, Vt.) scored in the second inning on a fielder's choice but Erickson's blast in the home half opened up a 5-1 lead for Trinity. Bowdoin got two back in the fifth on runs driven in by Ali Miller (St. Paul, Minn.) and Emily Griffin (Tucson, Ariz.) but the Bantams tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the fifth and sixth inning to pull away with the 7-3 victory.

Rutz got the nod in the circle in game two and went the distance, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five en route to the victory. Bantam rookie Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) started for Trinity and finished with four strikeouts but allowed four runs on seven hits.

Both teams traded runs in the second inning as Bowdoin scored first on an run-scoring single by Lauren O'Shea (West Roxbury, Mass.) before an RBI single by Baez tied it in the home half. Bowdoin exploded for sixth runs in the fifth as Miller and Claire McCarthy (Mercer Island, Wash.) crushed RBI doubles before a Marisa O'Toole (Scarborough, Maine) two-run bomb opened up a 7-1 lead. O'Toole cleared the fence for the second time in the game with another two-run homer in the seventh to put the Polar Bears up 9-1 which stood as the final score.

Trinity returns to action on Wednesday for a twinbill against in-state NESCAC West foe Wesleyan University. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.