DiCocco Shuts Out Hope College in Softball Season Opener

CLERMONT, Fla. - Sophomore left-hander Sophia DiCocco threw a seven-hit shutout as the 10th-ranked Tufts University softball team opened its 2022 season with a 6-0 win over Hope College at The 2022 Spring Games in Florida on Saturday.

The Jumbos finished with 11 hits and scored solo runs in the first, third and fifth innings before capping the victory with three in the top of the seventh. Michelle Adelman led Tufts at 2 for 3 with a home run, a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base. Josie Steinberg was 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs and an rbi, Nicole Russo drove home two runs and Emma Jacobson had two hits.

Adelman led off the game with a walk and promptly stole second, and then took third on a Kat Yuzefpolsky line out to right. She scored on Steinberg's single to right and Tufts led 1-0 in its first at-bat of the season. After a scoreless second, Adelman then led off the third with her home run to left-center putting Tufts up 2-0.

After leaving one runner on in each the first and second innings, Hope had runners on second and third with two outs against DiCocco in the fourth. However, she got out of the inning when Haley Bennett lined out to first. Tufts then added a run in the top of the fifth to lead 3-0. Steinberg's two-out triple down the right field line was followed by Russo's infield hit to score the run.

Adelman added defense to her game, throwing out Hope's Bre Nolan trying to stretch a single into a double to start the bottom of the fifth. DiCocco stranded two runners on base to end the inning, and then left two on again in the sixth.

Tufts' seventh saw Adelman reach on an error, Yuzefpolsky single through the left side and then Adelman scoring on an error. A Russo sac fly to center brought in Yuzefpolsky, then Rachel Moore's infield single scored Steinberg with the final Jumbo run.

DiCocco finished off her shutout in the bottom of the seventh. It's the third of her young career.

Hope's Avery Slancik went the distance in the pitching circle and allowed 11 hits and three earned runs. Grace Henry and Bennett both had two hits for the Flying Dutch.

Tufts had a game against Clarskon right after this one as their busy spring break week begins.