Leesburg, Fla. – A late inning, comeback victory in game one, coupled with a 2-0 shutout in game two earned the Trinity College softball team a doubleheader sweep on Monday in the team's second day of action in the Sunshine State. The Bantams came back from down, 3-0, to defeat North Park in the first game of the day before riding first-year Lindsay Golia's (North Branford, Conn.) second complete-game shutout in as many days against the University of New England in game two to improve to 3-1 to start the season. Trinity returns to action tomorrow for another pair of games, against Milikin College at 10 a.m., followed by a tilt versus Macalester at 3:30 p.m.
After allowing just one hit through the first two innings in game one, Trinity starting pitcher and junior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.), ran into some trouble in the bottom half of the third. After loading the bases, North Park freshman Hayley Jackson (Calgary, Alberta) roped a two-run single that scored classmates Ellie Manderfield (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) and Jackie Calba (Oneida, Wis.). The Vikings added their third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kylee Witt (Belvidere, Ill.) to take a 3-0 lead after three innings of play.
Trinity junior Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) led off the top of the sixth with a hard hit single back up the box which ignited a four-run inning for the Bantams. Jackson, who came in to pitch for the Vikings, loaded the bases which brought Trinity first-year Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.) to the plate. Bruno came up clutch, lacing a two-run single to left field to cut North Park's lead to one. Bruno eventually came across to score on a wild pitch, but not before sophomore Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) did the same, as the Bantams jumped ahead to a 4-3 lead with an inning and a half to play.
Golia came into the circle in the home half of the sixth to spell Smith, who finished with a pair of strikeouts as she picked up her first win of the season. Golia struck out the side, mixed in with a single and a walk, to keep the Vikings off the board and preserve the one-run lead entering the seventh.
After a scoreless Trinity half of the seventh, North Park sophomore Amara Leith (Waukegan, Ill.) led off the bottom of the inning with a single to left, putting the tying run on base, but Golia shut the door to preserve the win and earn her first career save in the process.
Golia got the nod in the circle in game two and threw up a pair of zeros before Trinity jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. Bruno led off the inning with a double down the left field line before sophomore Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) drew a walk to put two on with no outs. Senior captain Victoria Baez (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) drove home Bruno on a one-out double to right-center to put the Bantams up 1-0 but UNE starter Katelyn Austin (Bethlehem, N.H.) limited the damage to just the one run at the end of two.
Erickson roped an RBI single to right field that scored classmate Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) in the home half of the fifth to add to Trinity's lead. That's all the run support Golia needed as she went the distance, finishing the game with four strikeouts and just one walk, to lead Trinity to the 2-0 victory.