Kissimmee, Fla. - The Trinity College softball team bounced back with a pair of victories on Monday morning, 8-4 over Salve Regina and 5-1 over Wheaton College, on day two of the Sunkissed Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Bantams improve to 2-2 on the year ahead of their off day on Tuesday before returning to action on Wednesday in Clermont for a double dip with UMass-Boston and Roger Williams as part of The Spring Games.
Trinity scored the first six runs in game one versus Salve Regina, giving senior captain and starting pitcher Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) a comfortable lead to work with in her first win of the year. Smith threw a complete game and finished with eight strikeouts while allowing just two earned runs. Senior LF Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) and junior SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) drove home three runs apiece to lead the way offensively for Trinity.
The Bantams manufactured a run in the first after Merullo was hit by a pitch to lead the game off and eventually came around to score on a groundout to short by Erickson. Trinity went ahead, 3-0, in the top of the third inning when Erickson clubbed a two-out, two-run homerun to deep right-center that also brought home senior captain 2B Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.). With Smith crusing in the circle, Trinity took a commanding 6-0 lead in the fourth when Merullo smoked a two-out, bases clearing triple after going down, 0-2, in the count.
The Seahawks chipped away at the deficit with a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth, highlighted by a double off the bat of Elizabeth Lombardo (Thomaston, Conn.). The Bantams, however, answered right back in the top of the seventh when an RBI-single by junior C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) scored Treglia before sophomore Meghan Golia (North Branford, Conn.) and Erickson executed a first and third double-steal beautifully, as Golia intentionally got hung up between first and second, allowing Erickson to score on the throw home. The Seahawks added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh but the game was never in doubt as the Bantams came away with the four-run victory.
Game two versus Wheaton proved much of the same as Trinity jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) picked up the win in the circle, going the distance while allowing just four hits and striking out six. The Bantams took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Treglia hit a ball up the middle that was mishandled by the second baseman, allowing rookie Kaitlyn DeCapua (Milford, Mass.) and Meghan Golia to score.
In the fourth inning, senior captain 1B Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) clubbed a double to the right-centerfield gap to bring home first-year Cassidy Schiff (Darien, Conn.) before Erickson added an RBI-double of her own in the fifth inning to open up a 4-0 lead. Towner followed with a single to left, scoring Erickson, to hand the Bantams a 5-0 lead. Lindsay Golia cruised the rest of the way, with her lone blemish coming via an RBI-single from Wheaton's Lily Ongkiko (Joliet, Ill.) in the seventh, to pick up the victory as the Bantams finished the day with the sweep.