Poulos Tosses One-Hitter, Riendeau-Card Break Trinity Home Run Mark With Pair Of Jacks
Worcester, Mass. - Trinity College freshman Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) went 6-for-6 with a pair of doubles, two homers, five runs and six RBI to lead the visiting Bantams to a sweep against the Worcester State University Lancers, 9-0 in five innings and 8-7, in softball action this evening. Trinity sees their 2012 campaign come to an end at 15-18 while it marked the regular season finale for the Lancers who will host Westfield State on Thursday in the opening round of the MASCAC Softball Tournament.
In the opener, the Bantams got on the board with five runs in the top of the first. Riendeau-Card started the rally with a two-run single before junior Kerry McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) followed with a bases-clearing double. Riendeau-Card blasted a two-run homer in the third and after junior Caroline Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) produced a run on a single in the fourth, Reindeau-Card sent her College-record 10th dinger with a solo shot over the fence in left for the 9-0 lead. Senior co-captain RHP Katherine Poulos (Wilton, Conn.) had a no-hitter going for the Bantams until junior Alex Kerr (Franklin, Mass.) broke it up with one out in the bottom of the fifth, for the only safety for the Lancers in the contest. Poulos fanned three, walked back-to-back batters in the fourth, and allowed sophomore Carolyn Hassett (Charlton, Mass.) to reach in the second at-bat of the contest on a miscue at third. Reindeau-Card was 3-for-3 with a trio of runs scored and five RBIs, while senior co-captain Kristina Yu (Andover, Mass.) was 2-for-2 and junior Amelia Mostovoy (San Francisco, Calif.) chipped in with a pair of base-knocks. Poulos' one-hit effort was the second in a row for the Bantams who received one from fellow senior Lindsay Gibbons against Colby Saturday.
In the nightcap, the Bantams plated an unearned run in the top of the third on an RBI ground out by Blanchard for the 1-0 advantage. Trinity added four more runs an inning later as Mostovoy drove in one before coming across home plate on a passed ball while Yu and sophomore Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) both plated runs. The visitors took over a commanding 7-0 margin in the fifth on back-to-back RBI by second-year Claire Prosperi (Northbrook, Ill.) and McCarthy. But the Lancers would break the shutout in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on the corners, Hassett produced two runs with a long single into the right field corner when Kerr scored the first and Cordio scampered home on the long throw back to the plate. Worcester State then made it a 7-4 game when junior Aimee Lamoureux (East Brookfield, Mass.) and Roy both knocked in runs.
Trinity, however, notched a key insurance run that would prove to be the difference in the sixth. Riendeau–Card came through for her team with a two-out RBI single to extend the lead to four. In the bottom of the seventh, the Lancers staged a comeback bid that would ultimately fall short. Cordio, Hassett and Lamoureux all reached to juice the bases before Roy’s at-bat induced an error in the infield that scored a pair of runs. Senior Jaime Jacobs (Billerica, Mass.) reached on a missed tag by the first baseman to drive home another and then classmate Ashley Howe (Winchendon, Mass.) loaded the bases again with a single to left.
Bantam freshman reliever Katrina Kolbe (Washinigton, D.C.), who came into the contest to face Roy, buckled down and set down the final three batters consecutively. Kolbe earned her second save of the season by getting an out at home and by recording two punch outs to end the contest in relief of Gibbons who closes the year at 7-1. In the second contest, Riendeau-Card was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored while Galese was 3-for-4 and Blanchard finished with two safeties. The two squads were even in the hitting department ending the game with 11 apiece.