Clermont, Fla. - The Trinity College softball team split its first two games of the 2016 season in Clermont, Florida on Sunday, falling to the Fitchburg State Falcons, 4-1, in game one before rebounding to beat the Ripon Red Hawks, 10-1, in five innings. Trinity starts the season 1-1 overall and will face Framingham State and Western New England in tomorrow's doubleheader.
Fitchburg State pushed across four runs on eight hits en-route to the 4-1 victory in the evening's first matchup with all four runs being scored in the top of the second inning. It was a clean game as the Falcons committed the game's lone error, however Trinity was limited to just two hits by Falcons pitcher Kaylee Sylvestre (Central Falls, R.I.). The Bantams broke up the shutout in their final at bat as freshman Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) laced a leadoff triple to right field and crossed the plate on a one-out sacrifice fly to center from senior Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.), resulting in the 4-1 final. Bantam sophomore Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) took the loss for Trinity, giving up four runs on eight hits (3 K's) in seven innings of work.
The bats woke up for Trinity in the nightcap as the team knocked Ripon starting pitcher Ashley Parkkonen (Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) around to the tune of 10 runs on 11 hits. Erickson made her first career start in the circle and pitched a scoreless top half of the first, allowing just one hit. Trinity's offense gave Erickson a healthy dose of run support on the evening as Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.) led off for the Bantams by roping a ball down the right field line for a triple. Sophomore Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) followed by driving home McQuaid on a fielder's choice to shortstop to put Trinity up 1-0 early. Erickson found herself in a bit of a jam in the top of the 2nd with runners on first and second and two outs, however the freshman induced a weak ground ball to McQuaid at shortstop who flipped it to Treglia at the bag at second for the third out of the inning.
Trinity exploded for four more runs in the bottom half of the 2nd after a leadoff single by sophomore Meghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was followed by back-to-back, perfectly placed bunt singles by sophomore Katherine Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) and sophomore Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.), setting the stage for a deep shot to left center by McQuaid who cleared the bases with her second triple in as many at bats. Treglia drove in McQuaid for her second RBI of the evening with a ground ball to second base as Trinity found themselves on the right side of a 5-0 ballgame at the end of two.
McQuaid added her fourth RBI in the bottom of the third on a single up the middle that drove in Nicole Towner to put the Bantams up 6-0. After Erickson's fourth straight scoreless inning, the Bantams added four more insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 10-0. Erickson's lone blemish came in the top of the 5th, with runners on the corners, as Ripon executed a double steal that plated the Red Hawks' lone run in the game. Erickson finished with two K's, three hits, and one run in her debut.