Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College Bantams fell to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears, 9-3, on Sunday in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East softball action. The loss drops the Bantams to 12-9 overall and 4-2 in league play while Bowdoin improves to 17-6 on the year and 2-1 in conference action. Sunday's game was the third and final in the three-game regular season series after being rained out last weekend.
Polar Bear senior Marisa O'Toole (Scarborough, Maine) paced the offense with a 3-for-4 day, scoring a pair of runs and driving home three, including one on a solo homerun in the fourth inning. The Bantams were led offensively by juniors Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) and Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) who each tallied two hits on the day.
O'Toole got things going in the top of the first with a two-run triple before coming across on a single off the bat of Claire McCarthy (Mercer Island, Wash.). Trinity got one back in the home half when sophomore Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) drove in junior Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) on a ground ball out but the Polar Bears would add on to their lead.
After a scoreless second inning, back-to-back doubles by Allison Rutz (Essex Junction, Vt.) and Samantha Valdivia (North Hills, Calif.) brought in two more runs to make it a 5-1 game in favor of the visitors. Lauren O'Shea (West Roxbury, Mass.) then doubled to plate Valdivia before a sacrifice fly by Ali Miller (St. Paul, Minn.) opened up a 7-1 ballgame.
O'Toole crushed a drive, deep over the left field fence in the top of the fourth for Bowdoin before Race and Treglia drove home runs on RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to cut into the deficit. The Polar Bears added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Lauren Nguyen (Lynnwood, Wash.) scored on a wild pitch to account for the ninth and final run of the afternoon.
Trinity returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Coast Guard for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.