Trinity Softball Rallies To Get Split Of Doubleheader Against Hamilton

Gillian Burk '21 had a single, a double, a run, and a walk
Gillian Burk '21 had a single, a double, a run, and a walk

Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Nikki Anderson (Dunbarton, N.H.) went 2-for-2 with a double and ended the game with a bases-loaded walk to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-4 win in eight innings over the Hamilton College Continentals in softball action this afternoon.  Trinity, which dropped the first game, 9-7, move to 12-6 while Hamilton is now 8-12.  Senior captain Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) finished 4-for-8 with two doubles and sophomore RHP Madeline Spencer-Orrell (Northampton, Mass.) pitched 7.2 innings and allowed just two runs in her first action of the season debuts in the circle for Trinity.  The Bantams will play two at Wesleyan on Tuesday, April 10 at 3 p.m. and the Continentals hosts a doubleheader against Utica the same day at 3:30 p.m.

The second game was tied 2-2 through five innings when Hamilton junior Jodi Weiss (Waterford, Conn.) led off the top of the sixth with a double and scored on a groundout.  Trinity forced the extra inning in its last at bat when Anderson belted a one-out double and scored on a triple to the right-field corner by senior Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.).  The Bantams nearly won it in the seventh, but Hamilton cut Merullo off on a tag play at home on a ground ball by Trinity senior captain 2B Michelle Treglia and got the third out on a pop-up. 

Hamilton took a 4-3 lead with an unearned run in the top of the eighth when Weiss led off with a triple that chased Spencer-Orrell after a gutsy performance in her first start of the year and scored on a bobbled grounder to shortstop.  Trinity sophomore reliever Lindsay Pressman (Huntington, N.Y.) got out of the jam with three ground balls and collected the win to improve to 3-1 in the circle.  Haghdan led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and sophomore Meghan Golia (North Branford, Conn.) pinch ran and came around to tie the game on a wild pitch, a grounder, and a ripped, two-out single by junior C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.).  Bantam first-year Samantha Witmer (Drexel Hill, Pa.) reached on an error and classmate Gillian Burk (Westport, Conn.) singled to load the bases and Anderson took ball four to drive in the game-winning run.  Spencer-Orrell went seven-plus innings and scattered 12 hits with just two earned runs allowed in a no-decision.  Five differen Hamilton batters had two hits, as the Continentals left 11 runners on base.  Junior Molly Leitner (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) lost for Hamilton in relief of junior Desmen DePaulis (Cypress, Texas) who allowed five hits and three runs with four strikeouts and four walks over 6.1 innings.

In the first game, Hamilton scored eight runs in the last four innings after trailing, 2-1, through three innings.  The go-ahead score came in the fifth inning when Continental junior C Liz Brautigam (Whittier, Calif.) was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on two Trinity errors.  Hamilton scored twice more in both the sixth and seventh innings to lead, 9-4, but Trinity rallied in their final chance.  Haghdan smacked a leadoff double and scored on a two-out single by Witmer.  Towner followed with a double to score Witmer, and Birk added an RBI double to cut the Continental lead to two runs at 9-7.  Merullo singled to put runners on first and third base, but Hamilton junior reliever Desmen DePaulis (Cypress, Texas) came in and saved it for Zoe Singer (Ridgewood, N.J.) with a fly-ball out.

Trinity had scored once in each of the first two innings on an RBI singles by Haghdan and Merullo, while Hamilton scored once in the first on a run-scoring single by sophomore Kendall Searcy (Kingwood, Texas).  The visitors went ahead, 4-2, after a three-run fourth frame highlighted by an RBI double by Singer.  Trinity got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, two-run double by Merullo to make it, 4-4.  Senior captain RHP Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) took the loss in the circle, allowing nine hits and four earned runs over five innings and Singer got the win with three innings of relief work.  Merullo went 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, three steals, and three RBI, while Witmer and junior SS Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) also had two hits for the Bantams.  Sophomore Caitlin Berreitter (Simi Valley, Calif.) went 4-for-4 with doubles in all five at-bats, walked once, and scored three times, while Searcy was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Singer was 2-for-4 with two RBI.