Trinity Softball Makes It Four-Straight With Pair of Wins on Wednesday

Nicole Towner '19 helped the Bantams pick up their fourth-straight win in walk-off fashion on Wednesday.
Nicole Towner '19 helped the Bantams pick up their fourth-straight win in walk-off fashion on Wednesday.

Clermont, Fla. – The Trinity College softball team gutted out a 2-1 victory over UMass-Boston in the first game of the day before walking off in a wild, 14-13 victory in game two versus Roger Williams, to win its third and fourth straight game and improve to 4-2 on the season on Wednesday in The Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. The Bantams return to the diamond on Thursday for a doubleheader featuring Maine-Farmington and Southern Maine, beginning with Maine-Farmington at 5:30 p.m.

The Bantams picked up their third-straight victory with a gutsy, 2-1 victory against the Beacons in the first game of the day. Senior captain and starting pitcher Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) picked up her second win of the season, turning in another complete game effort while allowing just one run on four hits.

UMass-Boston struck first in the bottom half of the second inning after both teams traded zeros in the first. Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) got things going for the Beacons with a one-out single before Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) doubled down the right field line to put runners at second and third with one out. Gaeta eventually scored on a fielder's choice, but Smith limited the damage to the lone run, retiring the next two batters to leave a pair of runners stranded.

Trinity trailed, 1-0, through four full innings before piecing together a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to jump out to a 2-1 lead. Senior LF Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) reached on an error to start the inning before swiping second with one out. With one out, junior SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) came up to bat and stroked a single up the middle, scoring Merullo to tie the game. After the second out of the inning, first-year 3B Kaitlyn DeCapua (Milford, Mass.) came up clutch with a two-out RBI, the first of her collegiate career, to score Erickson and put the Bantams ahead, 2-1, which proved to be the final score.

After a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth, Smith retired the side in order to keep the Beacons from tying the game. Smith closed things out in the seventh, sitting down UMass-Boston, 1-2-3, to lift Trinity to the one-run victory in the first game of the day.

Smith earned the victory in game two as well, coming on in relief in Trinity's walk-off victory. The Bantams poured it on early, jumping out to a 9-2 lead through four innings. First-year Gillian Birk (Westport, Conn.) highlighted the second game with her first career dinger to help give the Bantams an early, seven-run advantage, which turned into a 12-2 lead by the top of the fifth. Senior captain CF Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) went 3-for-4 with three runs and a pair of RBIs to help lead the Bantams offensively. 

Despite the big lead, Roger Williams stormed back to clutch a 13-12 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to a ten-run home half.

After a scoreless sixth, the Bantams proved their resiliency when junior C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) hit a fly ball to right field with two outs and two on. Towner's ball dropped between the outfielders and plated both the game-tying and the game-winning run as the Bantams walked-off and won their fourth-straight contest to improve to 4-2 on the year.