Clermont, Fla. – The Trinity softball team ended its Florida spring break trip with a pair of losses on Thursday at the US National Training Center. The Bantams fell, 5-1, to Anderson in the first game and ended with a 10-8 defeat against Ripon. Trinity returns to the northeast with a 1-8 record, while the Ravens improved to 5-2 and the Red Hawks moved to 2-4.
In the opener, sophomore Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) pitched well in defeat for Trinity. King went six innings striking out three batters and allowing five runs. In the circle for Anderson, Sami Frazier went the distance, scattering seven hits while allowing just one run and striking out five. The Bantams got on the board first, plating a run in the top of the third as Sarah Reynolds (Moraga, Calif.) ripped a two out single to center that brought Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) racing home. After allowing a two out single in the bottom of the second, King went into cruise control retiring 11 straight before the Ravens rallied for five runs in home half of the sixth. The first five runners in the frame reached base and scored for Anderson as the team had three straight bunt hits after a leadoff walk. With runners on first and third, the Ravens successfully laid down a suicide squeeze to take a 3-1 edge. The final two runs came on an infield single later in the inning. In the top of the seventh, Frazier retired the Bantams in order.
In the nightcap, Trinity and Ripon combined to score 14 runs in the first inning. The Red Hawks opened the game by scoring eight runs, four of which were unearned. In the top of the first, the Bantams had three different pitchers record an out. In the bottom of the frame, the first six batters reached and scored for the Bantams. Trinity's rally saw Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine), Abigail Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) and Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) knock in runs. After the wild first both team would settle down. King came on in relief for Trinity and threw six and a third innings striking out eight and allowing just two runs. Ripon would add a pair of insurance runs in the top of the fifth. The Bantams cut in the lead in sixth as McQuaid hit a solo homerun.
The evening contest concluded the Bantams road swing in Florida. Trinity returns to action on Tuesday, Mar. 25, hosting the Coast Guard Academy in a non-conference doubleheader.