Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity softball team exploded for 12 hits, including a two-run homer from sophomore Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.), en route to 12-3 five-inning victory against Bates in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division action on Monday afternoon. The win snapped a four-game conference losing streak for the Bantams as they improved to 6-16 on the year and 4-5 in league tilts, while the Bobcats have now dropped seven of their last eight to sit at 3-10 overall and 1-4 in NESCAC play.
Sophomore Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) picked up her fifth win of the season for Trinity, going the distance and allowing three runs and striking out four. King surrendered just six hits on the day as all three Bates runs came via solo homeruns. In the circle for the Bobcats, Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) got the loss going 1.2 innings and giving up five hits and eight runs (six earned).
Offensively, senior tri-captain Abigail Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) powered the Bantams attack going 2-for-4 with a season-high five RBIs. Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) had a strong day from the leadoff spot for Trinity as she smacked a triple and a pair of singles to go along with three runs scored.
Junior Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) went 2-for-2 with a pair of solo homeruns for Bates. Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) and Alex Eliopoulos (Akron, Ohio) each had multi-hit games for the Bobcats as well. The third Bates run came courtesy of a solo shot by Garbarino.
The Bantams scored early and often, pushing three or more runs across in each of the first three frames. In the home half of the first, Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) had an RBI single to open the scoring. Trinity added two more runs in the inning thanks to a wild pitch and some nifty baserunning by Correa.
In the second, Trinity opened up the game with a five-run outburst, highlighted by an Ostrom single with the bases loaded and no outs that brought a pair of Bantams charging home. After Ostrom's hit, Correa followed with a home run to left field and Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) later added an RBI single.
In the third inning, Trinity pushed across four more runs thanks a triple from Ostrom that plated three runs and a wild pitch. Ostrom's three-bagger was the third extra-base hit of the day for the Bantams.
After a leadoff homerun by Callahan in the top of the fifth, King would retire the next three hitters in order to seal the victory for Trinity.
The Bantams return to action tomorrow, Apr. 15, with a doubleheader against Western New England beginning at 3:30 p.m.