Brunswick, Maine - The Trinity College softball team dropped a pair of tightly-contested games on Saturday to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears to wrap up the teams' New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series at Pickard Field. Trinity falls to 12-9 overall and 3-3 in divisional play while Bowdoin improves to 21-7 on the year and 7-2 in the NESCAC East. The Bantams return to the diamond on Tuesday when they travel to Middletown for an inter-divisional doubleheader at Wesleyan, beginning at 3 p.m.
Trinity fell, 3-1, in game one with its lone run coming via a pinch-hit solo homer off the bat of first-year Jenna Thomas (Orange, Conn.) in the seventh inning. Bowdoin was led offensively by Caroline Rice (Santa Ana, Calif.) who went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, one in the first and one in the fifth inning. Natalie Edwards (Pasadena, Calif.) added a run-scoring double in the home half of the fourth to help the Polar Bear offense build a 5-0 lead after six innings, before Thomas came up in the seventh and hit her second career home run. Allison Rutz (Essex Junction, Vt.) pitched a complete game, allowing five hits while notching eight strikeouts with just one walk to pick up the game one victory.
Bowdoin jumped out to an early lead in game two thanks to a two-run homer over the left field fence by Rice to give the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead. The Polar Bears escaped a no outs, bases-loaded situation in the second, allowing just one run on an RBI-groundout by senior Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.).
Bowdoin scored three more times in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by an RBI-double off the bat of Claire McCarthy (Mercer Island, Wash.), to jump out to a 5-0 lead. The Bantams, however, had a rally left in them to make things interesting late.
With runners on first and second in the top of the sixth, rookie Gillian Birk (Westport, Conn.) tagged a double to the outfield to drive in sophomore Meaghan Golia (North Branford, Conn.). Merullo pulled Trinity within one as she singled up the middle to plate sophomore Nikki Andersen (Dunbarton, N.H.) and first-year Samantha Witmer (Drexel Hill, Pa.). That is as close as it got as Kate Hoadley (Plaistow, N.H.) came on to shut the door in the seventh and pick up her first save of the spring as the Polar Bears came away with the series sweep.