Hartford, Conn. - Bantam rookie Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.) went 3-for-7 with three runs, a double, two homeruns and four RBIs on the day to lead the Trinity College softball team to a doubleheader and series sweep of Bates College on Saturday afternoon on Trinity's campus in Hartford. The Bantams improve to 12-8 overall and 4-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while the Bobcats fall to 5-6 on the year and remain winless in league action.
Junior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) picked up her fifth win of the year in game one of the doubleheader, striking out a pair and scattering two runs over six innings of work. Four Bantams finished with multiple hits, led by junior Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) who went 2-for-3 with two runs, four RBIs and a homerun. Sophomores Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) and Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) drove home a pair of runs for Trinity as well while Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) drove in a run on two hits.
Bates scored the first run of the game on a double by Mimi Crowley (Barnstable, Mass.) before the Bantams outscored the Bobcats, 9-1, the rest of the way. Towner hit a run-scoring triple, her first of two triples in game one, in the third to put the Bantams on the board before coming around to score on a Bobcat error. Inlow tied the game on an RBI single in the third before Haghdan clubbed a two-run bomb in the fourth to open up a 4-2 Trinity lead.
The Bantams put up a five-spot in the fifth, highlighted by another RBI triple from Towner and a two-run double off Haghdan's bat to open up a 9-2 lead. Bruno iced the game in the sixth with a solo shot, deep over the right field fence to put Trinity ahead, 10-2, allowing Smith to close the door in the next half to seal the victory.
First-year Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) tossed a complete-game, two-hitter in game two to earn her sixth pitching win of the season en route to the series sweeping victory. Bobcat starter Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) struck out seven in the circle, but was handed the loss after allowing all five Trinity runs.
An Erickson RBI triple, followed by a run-scoring double off the bat of Bruno in the first inning gave the Bantams an early 2-0 lead. The game went four innings without any scoring action before Bruno extended Trinity's lead in the fifth.
In the fifth, Bruno tallied her second four-bagger of the day, scoring Erickson as the Bantams opened up a 4-0 advantage. Haghdan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to make it a 5-0 lead for Trinity. Pelletier drove home India Woolmington (New York, N.Y.) in the home half of the seventh but that's as close as Bates would cut it as Golia retired the side to end the ballgame.
Trinity returns to action tomorrow as the Bantams host Bowdoin in the series finale against the Polar Bears, rescheduled after last weekend's rain out.