MEDFORD – Tufts junior CF Maggie Lebinski homered off the top of the left field fence in game one and Endicott junior Michaela Hamill pitched a shutout in game two as the Jumbos and Gulls split a softball double-header on Tuesday 4-3 and 2-0.
|Maggie Lebinski's solo homer in game one was the deciding run.|
Sophomore 2B Emma Della Volpe had three hits in the twinbill for Tufts, who moved to 17-3 with the split. Endicott (12-4) was led by a pair of doubles from senior RF Gina DeMilt.
Game one started as a pitcher's duel between Tufts sophomore Kristi Van Meter and Endicott senior Laura Somerville. Both allowed just one walk through the first three innings.
Tufts would get three unearned in the bottom of the fourth as the Gulls made errors on the first two batters. Jumbo junior 1B Casey Maggiore hit a two-run single and junior 3B Jamie Stevens later added a run-scoring base hit.
Lebinski's solo home run to lead off the fifth, just the second of her career, gave Tufts a 4-0 lead at the time. However, it would end up being the game-deciding run.
Endicott rallied for three runs in the sixth. After freshman 3B Laruen Bower broke up Van Meter's no-hit bid with a tapper in front of the plate to start the inning, DeMilt and senior 1B Jamie Hopgood hit back-to-back doubles closing the gap to 4-2. Hopgood then scored on a single by freshman SS Lauren Misiaszek. The Gulls got the tying run to third base, but Van Meter secured the third out on a ground ball back at her.
Junior Peyton Atkins singled to lead off the Endicott seventh and took second on a wild pitch, but Van Meter recorded the next three outs to close out the win. She improved to 8-1 allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) with 11 strikeouts. Somerville took the loss for Endicott (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER).
Hamill then threw a seven-hit shutout, the seventh of her career. She did not walk a batter and struck out four. Tufts had runners on base against her in five out of seven innings, but could not score. Four Jumbos reached third.
Atkins led off the Endicott third with a double off Tufts sophomore starter Kristina Haghdan. After two outs were made, senior CF Olivia Odermatt dropped a single into right scoring the Gulls' first run. DeMilt followed with her second double of the day and the visitors led 2-0.
Haghdan was unhittable other than in the third. In the six other innings, she did not allow a hit and walked just one. The loss would be her first of the year as she allowed three hits and two runs with eight strikeouts and a walk.
Tufts had three hits in the fourth against Hamill, but couldn't score. They would have had the bases loaded in the inning, but a base-running miscue was the third out.
Della Volpe and Cain both had two hits for Tufts in game two.
The Jumbos return to NESCAC East play this weekend at Bowdoin. Endicott hosts Western New England in Commonwealth Coast Conference action on Saturday.