Softball Makes It Five-Straight Wins With Pair of Victories on Tuesday

Nicole Towner '19 propelled the Bantams to a game one victory with a late inning two-run home run
Nicole Towner '19 propelled the Bantams to a game one victory with a late inning two-run home run

Leesburg, Fla. – The Trinity College softball team swept a doubleheader on Tuesday, recording a 3-0 win over Millikin in the early game, and capping off the day with a 4-2 victory over Macalester, to improve to 5-1 overall. The Bantams, who have now won five-straight after dropping the season-opener, welcome an off day tomorrow before returning to the field on Thursday for games against Smith and Endicott in Leesburg, Florida.

In game one, first-year Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) started in the circle and earned her third win in as many starts after another stellar outing. The rookie tossed a shutout, her third straight, finishing with a pair of strikeouts while allowing just a single walk.  The Bantam bats wasted no time getting things going as sophomore Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) drove home junior Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) in the top of the first inning to put the Bantams up 1-0.

Sophomore catcher Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.), helped the cause defensively in the bottom of the fourth. Golia allowed the second Millikin hit of the day to lead off the inning but Towner hosed the would-be base stealer out at second base during the following at-bat.

Towner came up clutch defensively once again in the home half of the sixth inning after Millikin led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put two on with no out. After a pop out to second base for the first out of the inning, Millikin ran a double-steal, but Towner gunned down the lead runner at third base for the second out of the inning before Golia induced a pop-up for the third out.

Not done yet, Towner boosted the Bantams offensively in the top of the seventh to put the game away. After a double to right-center off the bat of Trinity rookie Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.), Towner came up and blasted a two-run homerun, deep over the centerfield fence to put the Bantams ahead, 3-0, which stood as the final score.

Against Macalester in game two, the Bantams scored again in the top of the first on an RBI single through the left side of the infield by junior Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.). Macalester answered in the home half of the inning with an RBI-single but Trinity's offense reclaimed the lead shortly thereafter.

Bantam rookie Meghan Golia (North Branford, Conn.) got things going with a hard-hit single to centerfield before advancing to third base on a perfectly placed, bunt single down the first base line by junior Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Two batters later, Race faked a steal to second, drawing a throw from the catcher, which allowed Golia to swipe home and put the Bantams back up by one.

In the fourth inning, Golia and Race scored on a two-out, two-run double to left off the bat of Treglia as Trinity opened up a 4-1 lead. Macalester started a small rally in the bottom half of the inning, chipping into Trinity's lead with a run-scoring bunt single, however junior starting pitcher Rachael Smith (Winchester,Mass.) limited the damage to the lone run. Smith finished the day with four strikeouts and kept Macalester off the scoreboard for the final two innings en route to her second victory of the season.