|Bates College||Trinity College|
HARTFORD, Conn. — Following a slew of weather-induced postponements, the Bates softball team played its first game since its trip to Florida nearly one month ago, falling 5-2 at NESCAC East Division rival Trinity.
The Bobcats (5-4, 0-1 NESCAC East) are the nominal home team for the three-game series, which continues with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.
Michelle Treglia drove in three runs while Rachael Smith and Lindsay Golia combined on a four-hitter for Trinity (10-8, 2-1 NESCAC East).
Smith allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven batters over six innings, allowing both of Bates’ runs on sophomore Mimi Crowley‘s (Barnstable, Mass.) two-run home run in the fifth inning. Golia pitched a shutout seventh inning to pick up her second save.
Bates first-year pitcher Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) saw her three-game win streak snapped, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out seven Bantams in her NESCAC debut.
Treglia got the scoring started for Trinity in the top of the first inning, driving home Erica Merullo with an RBI groundout. Natalie Bruno followed with a single to score Courtney Erickson.
Pelletier tossed three straight shutout innings before Treglia struck in the fifth with a one-run triple. Treglia then came home on Nicole Towner’s single for a 4-0 Trinity lead.
Bates cut the lead back to two in the bottom of the inning, as Crowley followed first-year India Woolmington‘s (New York, N.Y.) one-out single with her first career home run.
Treglia struck one more time to give the Bantams an insurance run in the sixth, following a leadoff double by Katharine Haghdan and a one-out single by Merullo with her second RBI groundout of the game.
First-year Julia Treadwell (Falmouth, Maine) and sophomore Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) collected Bates’ other two hits in the game.