Kissimmee, Fla. – The Trinity College softball team dropped a doubleheader on the first day of the 2018 season at the Sunkissed Games in sunny Florida on Sunday. The Bantams lost the first game of the day, 5-0, to the Springfield College Pride before falling, 9-0, to The College of New Jersey in game two. Trinity picks it back up tomorrow morning for another twinbill, beginning with a 9 a.m. tilt versus Salve Regina before an 11:15 matchup with Wheaton College.
In game one, Trinity and Springfield traded zeros through the first two and a half innings before the Pride put up three runs in the home half of the third to take the lead. Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) got things going with a leadoff walk before scoring on a single up the middle by Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) for the game's first run. A double down the left field line by Alexyss Conley (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) brought home Wheeler and capped off Springfield's third inning scoring.
The Bantam bats struggled to get going as Loda, also Springfield's starter in the circle, went the distance and finished with 10 strikeouts while allowing just a pair of hits, both to Bantam junior SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.). Trinity senior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) struck out four in her first start of the season. The Pride picked up insurance runs in the fifth inning on a solo homerun off the bat of Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), and in the sixth on a bunt single by Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) to come away with the 5-0 victory.
Sophomore southpaw Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) got the nod in the circle for game two and held TCNJ scoreless through two. The Lions put up a four-spot in the top of the third, however, taking advantage of a pair of Trinity errors coupled with a two-run bomb from Kaitlin Kocinski (Belle Mead, N.J.).
TCNJ blew things open with a five-run fourth inning to take a commanding, 9-0 lead. Kocinski highlighted the scoring with a two-run single up the middle. Kocinski went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a pair of runs scored to lead the way offensively for the Lions. TCNJ starter Alanna Namit (Mountainside, N.J.) racked up seven strikeouts in her five inning complete game, allowing just one walk in a no-hitter.