Waterville, Maine - The visiting Trinity College Bantams lost both games in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division softball doubleheader, 7/4-6/0, this afternoon against the Colby College Mules. The Bantams, which had clinched a post-season bid with a 1-0 win over the Mules yesterday, close the regular season with a 19-13 overall record and an 8-4 mark in the conference. The Mules improved to 11-17 and finish 4-8 in the NESCAC East.
Trinity had a 4-1 lead after two innings. The Bantams scored twice in the first inning, as junior Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) was hit by a pitch, stole second base, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.). After a walk to sophomore C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.), sophomore SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) doubled to bring in Merullo. Trinity rookie 1B Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.) followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Towner.
The Mules answered with a lone run in the bottom of the first, but Trinity added two more runs in the second. First-year OF Nikki Andersen (Dunbarton, N.H.) had a one-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. Treglia tripled to bring in the run and then scored on a throwing error. The Mules cut the lead to 4-2 when Paige Hartnett walked with two outs and scored on a double by Grace Farnkoff.
Colby scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to steal the win. Katie McLaughlin doubled in one run, and Carly Swartz scored on a squeeze bunt by Robin Spofford to make it 6-4. Skylar Labbe cut the lead to 6-5 when her single scored McLaughlin and got Spofford to third base. After a steal of second by Labbe, Ella Hommeyer plated Labbe with an RBI groundout to tie the game at 6-all. Hartnett them smacked a single to left field with two strikes to bring in Labbe with the seventh run. Treglia had two hits, three RBI, and scored one run, and Anderson was 3-for-3. Colby hurler Wiley Holton entered the game in the sixth inning and pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn the victory. Trinity junior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) was solid through five innings but took the loss in the circle.
In the second game, Holton gave up just a double to Bruno and a single to Andersen to record a two-hit shutout and the Mules scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning off rookie LHP LIndsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.). Julia Saul highlighted the inning with a two-run single. Holton retired the final 11 batters of the game.