HARTFORD, Conn. – The Bowdoin softball team opened its 2017 NESCAC schedule with a Sunday split at Trinity.
The Polar Bears (12-6, 1-1 NESCAC) dropped the series opener by a 7-3 margin, but topped the Bantams (9-6, 1-1 NESCAC) 9-1 in game two.
Game One Highlights
- Trinity jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Natalie Bruno tagged a bases loaded single, allowing Erica Merullo to score. Victoria Baez drove in two more runs off a shot to right.
- Bowdoin responded during its following at bat, as Marisa O'Toole drove in Allison Rutz.
- Courtney Erickson extended the Bantams lead with a two-run blast in the bottom of the third to make it 5-1.
- The Polar Bears final two runs of the game came in the fifth as Ali Miller and Emily Griffin both recorded RBIs.
- Trinity scored again in both the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
- Griffin suffered the loss in the circle with seven hits allowed. The senior gave up five walks and fanned as many.
- Samantha Valdivia went 2-for-3 at the plate and Lauren O'Shea recorded a double. Rutz hit a leadoff triple in the top of the second.
Game Two Highlights
- O'Shea put Bowdoin on the board in the top of the second, the Polar Bears first lead of the day, with an RBI single.
- The Bantams responded in the bottom half of the inning to even the game at 1-1.
- Bowdoin exploded for six runs in the fifth inning. Miller regained the lead for the Polar Bears with an RBI double that drove in O'Shea. Griffin followed up with a single that allowed Miller to score and eventually crossed the plate herself on a wild pitch. Claire McCarthy added to the run tally with a double. O'Toole capped the inning with a two-run homer.
- O'Toole cleared the fence for a second two-run blast in the seventh inning to end the day's scoring and secure the win.
- Rutz recorded the win with seven innings of work and four hits allowed. Rutz tallied five strikeouts and one walk.
- The Polar Bears return to Connecticut next weekend for a doubleheader at Wesleyan on Saturday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.