Trinity 6, Tufts 5
Tufts 3, Trinity 2  (8 inn.)

At Medford, MA
Sunday, April 18, 2010

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Senior Casey Sullivan's walk-off shot lifted the Jumbos in the second game

MEDFORD -- Senior shortstop Casey Sullivan (Berlin, CT) hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of game two, giving the Tufts softball team a 3-2 victory and split of a doubleheader against Trinity College on Sunday afternoon at Spicer Field. The Bantams had overcome an early 4-0 deficit to win 6-5 in game one.

Trinity remains atop the NESCAC East standings after the split with a 7-1 record in the division (15-8 overall). Tufts is second in the NESCAC East at 6-2 (15-9 overall).

In the opener, the Jumbos scored four runs against Trinity starter Kristen Anderson (West Haven, CT) in the bottom of the first. First year 2B Emily Beinecke (Concord, MA) hit her second home run of the season in the inning. The Bantams got three back in the top of the second, including a solo shot by senior SS Patricia Cipicchio (Southmont, NC).

Bantam sophomore pitcher Katherine Poulos (Wilton, CT) did a fine job in relief, eventually earning the victory. After entering with one out in the first, she allowed just one more Tufts run and five hits during 6.2 innings of work. Up 4-3 in the bottom of the third, Tufts had the bases loaded against Poulos with two outs, but Beinecke's screaming liner was snared by Cipicchio at shortstop.

Trinity went ahead with three runs in the fifth inning. First year 3B Caroline Blanchard (Norwich, CT) hit an RBI double and scored a run during the rally. After adding an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, Tufts had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh when Poulos earned the last out on a grounder to Cipicchio.

The Bantams took advantage of four Tufts errors in game one. First year catcher Nina Yu (Andover, MA) was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI in the game. For Tufts, Beinecke, senior RF Stefanie Tong (Burlingame, CA), and junior catcher Julia Silberman (Somers, NY) each had two hits. First year pitcher Rebecca DiBiase (Wellesley, MA) absorbed the loss, allowed seven hits and four earned runs in a complete game.

In game two, Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when junior 2B Katherine Stoltenberg (Montgomery, NJ) singled and scored. Tufts went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the inning, combining a walk to lead-off hitter Lizzy Iuppa (Paramus, NJ), a double by Beinecke, a sacrifice fly from Sullivan and Tong's RBI single. The Bantams tied the score at 2-2 in the third as Stoltenberg singled and scored again.

Pitchers Izzie Santone (Madison, CT) from Tufts and Lindsay Gibbons (Basking Ridge, NJ) from Trinity didn't allow any runs from the fourth through seventh innings.  As the game went to extra innings, Trinity had runners on first and second with two outs and Santone ended the threat with a ground out.

Sullivan, one of four Jumbos playing on Seniors Day at Spicer Field Sunday, led off the bottom the eighth with a line drive smash to center, her eighth tater of the year, to win it.

Santone allowed nine hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking one in eight innings for her fourth win. Beinecke and sophomore LF Bri Cilley (Wells, ME) each had two of Tufts' nine hits.

Gibbons pitched well in a losing effort, allowing eight hits and three runs with two strike outs and a walk in seven innings. Stoltenberg and first year LF Amelia Mostovoy (San Francisco, CA) had two hits each for the Bantams.

The third game of the Tufts-Trinity NESCAC East series will be made up at a later date.