Waterville, Maine - The Trinity College softball team fell, 9-3, to Bowdoin on Saturday, the second day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Softball Championship Tournament. The loss drops the Bantams to 19-14 overall and bounces them from the tournament while Bowdoin improves to 28-9 on the year and advances to tomorrow's round of play.
Bowdoin was led by Ali Miller (St. Paul, Minn.) who had a game-high three RBIs while Marisa O'Toole (Scarborough, Maine) and Claire McCarthy (Mercer Island, Wash.) each drove home a pair of runs as well. McCarthy also had a pair of hits and two runs scored while Allison Rutz (Essex Junction, Vt.) tallied a game-high three hits. Trinity was paced offensively by sophomore Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk. Junior captain Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) also recorded a pair of hits, including a double.
The Polar Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the second inning and never looked back en route to the victory. Bowdoin loaded the bases with one out before Jordan Gowdy (Weatogue, Conn.) came through with a run-scoring single. Miller followed that with a bases-clearing triple which scored Gowdy, Samantha Valdivia (North Hills, Calif.) and Lauren O'Shea (West Roxbury, Mass.).
Bowdoin starter Emily Griffin (Tucson, Ariz.) retired the side in order in the home half of the second before the Polar Bears tacked on another run in the third. O'Toole led the inning off with a double before crossing the plate on a double off the bat of Rutz.
O'Toole added a two-run triple in the fourth to open up a 7-0 lead before the Bantams ended the shutout in the fifth to cut the deficit to 7-2. Trinity loaded the bases which brought Towner to bat who then hit a two-run single through the right side, scoring junior Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Treglia.
McCarthy clubbed a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to add a pair of insurance runs for Bowdoin. The Bantams got a run on a Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) sacrifice fly, but it was not enough as Bowdoin held on for the 9-3 victory.