Trinity Softball Loses Two To Amherst In Home Opener

Erica Merullo '18 singled in the first game
Erica Merullo '18 singled in the first game

Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore Kate Kopatic (Houston, Texas) had two hits in each game and drove in the only two runs of the second one to lead the visiting Amherst College Mammoths to a 9/2-6/0 doubleheader sweep in a softball doubleheader this afternoon.  Trinity, playing in its home opener, falls to 7-5, while the No. 15-ranked Mammoths improve to 11-1 and extend their winning streak to five games.  Sophomore RHP Lindsay Pressman (Huntington, N.Y.) allowed just two runs over seven innings in her first career start and senior captain Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) was 4-for-7 at the plate in the two games for the Bantams.

Amherst scored in each of the first four innings to take a 6-1 lead, beginning with an unearned run thanks to an RBI single by Kopatic in the top of the first.  Trinity evened it up in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out, RBI single by junior SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.).  The Mammoths added another unearned run in the second frame, tacked on three runs in the third inning on a two-run double by rookie Audrey Hansen (Carmel, Ind.) and a wild pitch, and scored its third unearned run in the fourth.

The Trinity offense broke out for three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a wild pitch and a two-run single by first-year OH Hannah Zukowski (Burlington, Conn.), but Amherst senior hurler Gina Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) got three outs in a row with two runners on base to preserve the visitors’ lead.  Senior Ally Kido (San Jose, Calif.) hit a two-RBI double for the Mammoths to highlight a three-run sixth inning, but Trinity cut the lead to 9-5 in the bottom of the inning on a two-out hit by Treglia.  The Bantams threatened in the bottom of the seventh frame, as Erickson led off with a hard-hit single and junior C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) drove her home with a double to the gap. Pagan finished her six-hitter, however, with three straight outs to end the game.  Senior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) tossed a complete game but yielded 14 hits and fell to 4-3 in the circle for the Bantams.

Pressman matched Amherst junior starter Lorena Ukanwa (Morgan Hill, Calif.) inning-for-inning through six in the second game, allowing just six singles and walking none.  Trinity had runners on third base with one out in the first and with two outs in the sixth inning, but Ukanwa ended both threats with three of her 11 strikeouts.  The game’s only runs came in the top of the seventh on a ground ball to shortstop by Kopatic with runners on second and third that Erickson could not field with the Mammoth base runner in her way.  Erickson stopped to avoid a collision and both runners scored as the ball rolled into the outfield.  Ukanwa improved to 6-0 with a five-hit shutout, while Pressman fell to 1-1.