Medford, Mass. - The Trinity College softball team dropped a pair of games to the Tufts University Jumbos on Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Doubleheader at Spicer Field in Medford. Tufts, which improved to 25-7 on the year, clinched its 15th NESCAC East pennant with Saturday's game-two victory, improving to 9-2 in the division. Trinity, third in the East at 6-5, is now 17-13 overall. The Jumbos and Bantams play the final game of this weekend series on Sunday at Spicer with a noon start.
The Jumbos scored six runs on six hits and one Bantam error in the top of the first of game one. Jamie Stevens hit an RBI-double, while Sofia Molina, Sara Willner-Giwerc and Emily Serata all had RBI singles as well.
The Jumbos added an unearned run in the second when Edie Huling walked and scored on a Bantam error. Christian Cain and Serata delivered RBI-singles for two more Jumbo runs in the fourth.
Trinity scored its lone run in the top of the fourth when rookie LF Samantha Witmer (Drexel Hill, Pa.) was hit by a pitch and scored on a base hit by classmate 3B Cassidy Schiff (Darien, Conn.). Trailing 7-1 at the time, the Bantams loaded the bases with no outs in the inning but managed to scratch across just the lone run.
Tufts jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of game two with all of the runs unearned. A two-run single by junior Kelsey Dion led the way. In the third, Tufts senior Raven Fournier singled to lead off and came around on a double by Dion, who was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the game.
Jumbo rookie starter Kristina Haghdan, facing her sister and Trinity senior captain 1B Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.), didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. The Bantams scored twice in that frame, once on a Jumbo outfield error and another on a single by rookie DP Gillian Birk (Westport, Conn.).
Tufts' Haghdan earned the win, going five innings allowing two hits and two unearned runs, striking out three and walking three. Raina Galbiati went the final two frames for Tufts and allowed just one hit and no runs.
Trinity sophomore Lindsay Pressman took the loss in game two, despite allowing only one earned, in six innings. She struck out two and did not walk a batter.