Clermont, Fla. – The Trinity College softball team combined for 22 hits, nine of which were for extra bases, in its second consecutive doubleheader sweep on Thursday evening in Florida, picking up wins over Maine-Farmington and Southern Maine to improve to 6-2 on the season. The Bantams return to action on Friday for their final day in the Sunshine State, playing Becker College at 2 p.m. before a 4:30 matchup with MCLA.
Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) improved to 2-1 on the year with a complete-game victory against Maine-Farmington in game one. Golia struck out six in the 4-3 victory and allowed just one earned run as the Bantam bats scored three runs early and added an insurance run in the sixth to seal the one-run win.
Junior SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) got things going with a solo homerun to left-centerfield in the top of the second to give Trinity the early, 1-0 lead. The Bantams added another pair in the third after senior captain CF Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) smoked a double down the right field line before coming around to score two batters later on a single up the middle off the bat of senior LF Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.). Merullo then stole second to get into scoring position which preceded an RBI-triple by Erickson that plated Merullo.
Maine-Farmington got one back in the home half of the third on an RBI-single by Kiana Thompson but Golia kept the damage limited to the lone run, stranding the bases loaded to preserve the two-run lead. Race, who went 3-for-3 in the game, drove home an important insurance run in the top of the sixth to put Trinity ahead, 4-1, which proved to be needed in the bottom of the seventh.
The Beavers cut the deficit to 4-2 with two outs in their final at bats on an infield single by Leah Stevens before making things interesting with another infield RBI, this one off the bat of Thompson. Golia kept her composure, however, and left two runners on after inducing a groundball out for the final out of the game to clinch the 4-3 victory.
The bats stayed hot in the second game as Trinity won, 13-5 over Southern Maine thanks to a power surge in the fourth and fifth innings. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a sac-fly by senior captain 2B Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.), Southern Maine put up a four-spot in the home half of the second, highlighted by RBI-singles by Hannah Kenney and Amber Kelly, to take a 4-1 lead.
The tides turned in Trinity's favor in the third when the Bantams tied the ballgame at 4-4. Treglia laced a ground-rule double with one out that scored sophomore RF Nikki Andersen (Dunbarton, N.H.) to get things going. Senior captain 1B Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) kept the line moving with a two-out, two-RBI single back up the middle that scored Treglia and Merullo to even the score.
After starting pitcher and senior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) put a zero on the board in the top of the fourth, the Bantams poured it on offensively to open up an 8-4 lead. Race hit a two-run bomb, deep over the right field fence, that scored rookie Samantha Witmer (Drexel Hill, Pa.) who reached earlier on a single. After a pitching change for the Huskies, Merullo made it back-to-back jacks with her first homer of the spring, a solo shot to left field which made it 7-4. Haghdan capped off the inning's scoring with another run-scoring single to make it 8-4 after four.
With the bases loaded in the home half of the fifth, Erickson put an exclamation mark on the day with a walk-off, grand slam to clinch the 13-5 Trinity victory via the mercy rule. Smith picked up her third win in the last two days after allowing just one earned run while striking out five.