Softball Falls to Tufts in Semifinals of NESCAC Tournament

Softball Falls to Tufts in Semifinals of NESCAC Tournament

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College softball team beat the Hamilton College Continentals in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament before falling to Tufts in the semifinals on Saturday at Spicer Field on the campus of Tufts University in Medford.

The Bantams, who were the No. 3 seed in the East division, end their season with a 19-14 overall record after reaching the post-season for the fourth consecutive year. Tufts moves on to tomorrow morning's championship game where it will face the winner of today's other semifinal game featuring Amherst and Williams. 

Trinity took a 1-0 lead against Hamilton in the day's first game and held on the rest of the way despite a late rally bid from the Continentals. Sophomore Samantha Witmer (Drexel Hill, Pa.) got things going with an RBI-single in the third that scored sophomore Gillian Birk (Westport, Conn.).
 
The Bantams scored three in the top of the fifth, highlighted by a run scoring single off the bat of sophomore Jenna Thomas (Orange, Conn.), to go ahead 4-0. Hamilton responded with a run in the home half of the fifth thanks to an RBI-double from Courtney Cardea (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) to cut the deficit to three.
 
Sophomore Cassidy Schiff (Darien, Conn.) brought home a pair of runs in the sixth on a sacrifice fly that turned into a Continental error, stretching Trinity's lead to 6-1. 
 
Hamilton tried mounting a comeback in the bottom of the seventh but Bantam rookie Jordan Stephan (South Orange, N.J.) finished the job in the circle and held on for the 6-3 win. Cardea singled home a run before a double from Emily Fraser (Houston, Texas) made it 6-3. Stephan struck out the final batter of the game, leaving the bases loaded to seal the victory. 
 
The Bantams and Jumbos traded runs in the first inning of the semifinals before Tufts went on to score five unanswered to come away with the win. Senior tri-captain Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to score Witmer after Tufts took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. 
 
Emily Serata (Voorhees, N.J.) doubled home a run to highlight a two-run third for the Jumbos before scoring three in the sixth, thanks in part to a two-run single from Casey Maggiore (Hampton, N.H.). 
 
Trinity plated a run in the seventh thanks to a double off the bat of Birk, but Tufts pitcher Kristi Van Meter (Amston, Conn.) limited the damage to just one run. Van Meter struck out five in six innings while allowing just two hits to pick up her 12th win of the year.