Clermont, Fla. – The Trinity College softball team defeated Becker College, 5-4, in game one before losing for the first time in seven games versus MCLA in game two to split its final doubleheader in Florida. The Bantams return to Hartford with a 7-3 record after slugging .428 as a team with six homeruns and 57 runs in their trip to The Sunshine State. Trinity picks things back up in New England with a doubleheader against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East foe Amherst College on Saturday, March 24th.
After an offensive onslaught on Thursday, Trinity's bats picked up right where they left off, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning in game one to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Senior captain 1B Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) delivered a two-run single through the left side to score fellow senior captain 2B Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) and junior SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.). First-year 3B Kaitlyn DeCapua (Milford, Mass.) kept the rally going with a single to right field that plated Haghdan to cap off the first inning scoring.
Sophomore LF Meghan Golia (North Branford, Conn.) got things going for the Bantams in the second inning with a hard-hit single up the middle before later scoring on a first-and-third double-steal. Sophomore Nikki Andersen (Dunbarton, N.H.) reached on an infield hit to put runners at the corners, before drawing a throw to second on a steal which allowed Golia to swipe home, giving Trinity a 4-0 lead.
Becker got a pair back in the home half thanks to an RBI-double off the bat of Samantha Belenchia to make it a 4-2 ballgame after two innings of play.
Treglia put the Bantams ahead, 5-2, in the top of the fourth with an RBI-single to left field but the Hawks returned the favor in the bottom half thanks to an RBI-single off the bat of Sarah Ellis.
Sophomore southpaw Lindsay Golia (North Branford, Conn.) got the nod in the circle and won her third game of the year, allowing just three earned runs while striking out five.
Becker loaded the bases with just one out in the bottom of the seventh before scoring to make it a 5-4 ballgame on a passed ball. Golia kept her composure though, and struck out her fifth batter of the game for the second out before inducing a pop up to DeCapua at third base for the game's final out.
In game two, the Bantams fell behind and were unable to claw back for the victory despite making things interesting in the late innings. The Trailblazers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first after back-to-back doubles from Kaylyn Holliday and Morgan Watsen. The Bantams cut the deficit to one in the home half when Haghdan came through with a hard-hit single through the left side to bring home senior captain CF Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
MCLA got the run back in the top of the second on a solo homerun by Alanza Quinones before pouring on eight more in the third inning to open up a commanding, 9-1 lead. Singles by Erickson in the fourth and rookie RF Jenna Thomas (Orange, Conn.) in the fifth made it a 9-3 ballgame but MCLA added another two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 11-3 lead.
Haghdan, Erickson and first-year 3B Kaitlyn DeCapua (Milford, Mass.) all drove in runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the MCLA lead to 11-6, but that would stand as the final as Trinity couldn't get anything going in the seventh.