|Freshman Reegan Coleman added three hits and two rbis to the Tufts attack|
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Tufts University softball team finished a great opening day in Florida with a 13-2, five-inning victory over Clarkson on Saturday night.
The Jumbos, who defeated Chicago 1-0 in a walk-off win earlier in the day, were led against Clarkson by senior 1B Raven Fournier and junior DH Kristen Caporelli, who both went 2 for 4 with three rbis and two runs scored. Senior 2B Samantha Siciliano also had two hits and three rbis, while freshman RF Reegan Coleman had three hits and two rbis. Tufts had 16 hits in five innings overall.
Sophomore pitcher Gillian O'Connor collected herself after giving up two first-inning runs and blanked the Golden Knights for the remainder of the game. She allowed two hits and the two runs while earning her first win.
After Tufts went down 1-2-3 in the first, Hannah Bowen walked and Summer Lancette singled to set the table for the Golden Knights in the bottom of the inning. Bridget Woolley brought Bowen home on a fielder's choice and Michele Winn hit an rbi single for a 2-0 advantage.
Tufts took the lead with a three-run second. Coleman singled home a run and scored in the frame, while senior SS Sara Willner-Giwerc and Siciliano had back-to-back rbi doubles.
The Jumbos added four more in the third. Caporelli, whose seventh-inning single had won the earlier game against Chicago, had a two-run double to highlight the third. The Jumbos led 7-2 through three.
Tufts broke it open with six in the fifth inning, including a rare pair of two-run triples. Siciliano's gave Tufts a 9-2 lead and then Fournier pushed the Jumbo margin to 12-2 with her three-bagger. Freshman CF Emma Della Volpe (2 for 4, 2 runs) also singled home a run and scored in the inning.
Needing three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game, Clarkson did earn one-out walks by Lancette and Woolley before O'Connor got a pair of ground outs to end it.
Junior Sam Mennig started and took the loss for Clarkson.
The Jumbos play a pair of afternoon games versus Wooster and Carroll (Wis.) in Florida on Sunday. Clarkson faces Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Southern Maine on Sunday morning.