Tufts' Fournier Quiets Bowdoin Bats as Softball Drops Series Opener

Melissa DellaTorre struck out six batters and permitted four hits on Friday
Melissa DellaTorre struck out six batters and permitted four hits on Friday

BRUNSWICK, Maine- Allyson Fournier struck out 17 batters and allowed no hits in leading Tufts to a 3-0 win over Bowdoin on Friday afternoon.

Tufts improves to 18-2 (4-0 NESCAC) as Bowdoin falls to 13-7 (2-2 NESCAC) in the opening game of their weekend series. The teams will continue their series with a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Pickard Field.

While Bowdoin faced a dominant pitching performance from Fournier, Melissa DellaTorre frustrated the Tufts offense through the opening five innings. DellaTorre struck out four batters in the opening four innings, while only surrendering a pair of walks. Gen Barlow reached in the bottom of the first with a walk, but the offense was unable to advance the runner. On the mound for Tufts, Fournier proceeded to retire the Bowdoin lineup for the opening five frames.

The Jumbos' bats got their first hit off DellaTorre in the top of the fifth as Christina Raso led off the inning with a single up the middle. Tufts broke through in the sixth, however, when Michelle Coo led off the frame by laying down a bunt on the first base line. A single to left field from Jo Clair gave Tufts a pair of runners and no outs. After forcing a fly out to left field, DellaTorre surrendered a three run shot off the bat of Kayla Holland for the only runs of the game.

Bowdoin and Tufts traded 1-2-3 at bats, before the Polar Bears reached in the bottom of the seventh. A leadoff walk put Toni DaCampo on first before she advanced to second on a walk by Katie Gately. The Polar Bears looked to move the runners with a pop-up from Victoria Rusch that dropped behind the third baseman on the edge of the grass. Tufts' shortstop Bri Keenan made a diving catch, as the ball was about to drop in, and preserved Fournier's no-hitter.

The no-hitter was the first against Bowdoin since 1999. Claire reached base three times for Tufts, walking twice to go with her hit in the sixth.