NESCAC Championship Game 5: Tufts 6, Trinity 2

Tufts Softball

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University softball team advanced to the championship game of the 2019 NESCAC Tournament with a 6-2 semifinal victory over Trinity College on Saturday afternoon at Spicer Field.

Junior LF Emily Serata scored a pair of runs while junior 1B Casey Maggiore had two hits and two RBIs for Tufts. Sophomore Kristi Van Meter earned the win in relief, going six innings allowing just two hits and one run. Tufts (29-8) will face Williams College in the championship game on Sunday at 10 am. The Ephs defeated Amherst College 5-4 in Saturday's other semifinal.

Trinity (18-14) was led by two hits from sophomore CF Jenna Thomas in the game.

Both teams scored in the first inning. Tufts, playing as the visiting team, got a lead-off double from sophomore 2B Emma Della Volpe. She scored the game's first run when senior RF Kristen Caporellisingled through the right side.

Similarly, sophomore LF Sam Whitmer doubled to start the Trinity first. After she was sacrificed to third by sophomore 3B Cassidy Schiff, Witmer scored on a single through the left side by sophomore DP Hannah Zukowski. The Bantams proceeded to load the bases after the run scored on singles by sophomore CF Jenna Thomas and senior catcher Nicole Towner, but Tufts junior 1B Casey Maggiore snared a line drive for the final out.

Tufts scored twice after two were out in the second inning to take a lead they would not relinquish. Sophomore catcher Sofia Molina was hit by a pitch and scored when Serata's double was just fair down the right-field line. Della Volpe then lined a single to center scoring Serata for a 3-1 Jumbo advantage.

Relievers Kristi Van Meter for Tufts and Jordan Stephan for Trinity put a stop to the early offense. Stephan entered in the second and did not allow a hit through the fifth. Van Meter started her relief stint in the second and didn't allow a base runner until a two-out walk by Bantam senior SS Courtney Erickson in the sixth. However, the Jumbos erased the runner with a 5-4-3 double play.

Tufts finally solved Stephan in the sixth, adding an insurance run. Caporelli and Maggiore led off with singles and senior DP Christian Cain sacrificed both up a base. Junior 3B Jamie Stevens then lifted a sac fly to center scoring Caporelli for a 4-1 Tufts lead. Maggiore then lined a two-run single with the bases loaded that put the Jumbos up 6-1 in the top of the seventh.

Thomas got the first hit off Van Meter in the bottom of the seventh and the Bantams would score a run. Pinch-runner Dominique Bolduc, running for Towner who had reached by fielder's choice, came all the way around from first to score on a double to left-center by sophomore 1B Gillian Birk for the 6-2 final score.

Caporelli and Della Volpe also had two hits for Tufts.

Trinity starter Madeline Spencer-Orrell took the pitching loss allowing four hits and three runs in 1.2 innings.