Stevens Leads Softball's Late-Innings Explosion for 13-2 Victory Against Marian

CLERMONT, Fla. – Junior 3B Jamie Stevens finished with five runs batted in as the Tufts University softball team broke open a tie game late with two big innings leading to a 13-2 victory over Marian (Wis.) in Florida on Thursday.

Christian Cain was one of two Jumbos with four hits in the game.

The Jumbos would finish the game with 20 hits. It matched the most in a game by a Tufts team since 2009, including against Kalamazoo in Florida last season. The last Jumbo team to have more was the 2009 squad in their NCAA Regional opener versus Husson (21), 413 games ago. Fourteen of Tufts' 20 hits in today's game came from the fifth inning on.

The teams were tied 2-2 when the Jumbos sent 13 hitters to the plate and scored seven runs on eight hits in the fifth inning to lead 9-2. A three-run home run by Stevens was the centerpiece of the inning. Sophomore 2B Emma Della Volpe and sophomore SS Mia Steinberg both hit rbi doubles and scored.

Tufts then added four more runs on six hits in the top of the seventh. A two-run double from Stevens was the key hit this time.

The Jumbos had scored the first run of the game in the top of the first on a pair of hit-by-pitches and an rbi single from senior 1B Christian Cain.

Marian took a 2-1 lead in the third as senior Lindsey Strainis walked and scored after a single by freshman catcher Hannah Cozzi and two wild pitches. Cozzi later scored on a ground ball by junjor RF Taylor Lauscher.

Those were the only two runs of the game scored off Tufts sophomore starter Kristina Haghdan. She allowed six hits and the two runs while striking out six and walking five for her fourth win. She stranded nine runners on base including the bases loaded in the second and runners on second and third in the fourth.

Stevens had been a part of Tufts tying the score at 2-2 in the fourth as well. She led off with a single and scored on a double by sophomore RF Reegan Coleman.

In all, Stevens finished 4 for 5 with the five rbis and two runs scored. Cain also had four hits and scored twice for Tufts. Thirteen different players had hits for the Jumbos as they finished with 20 overall.

Sophomore Miranda Schuttenhelm was the losing pitcher for the Sabres. After allowing just two runs through four innings, she finished with 4.2 innings giving up eight hits and six runs.

Tufts plays Ramapo College of New Jersey later on Thursday. The game was the last of Marian's Florida trip. They host Dominican in a double-header on March 30.