Softball Drops First Game of Tuesday Doubleheader Against Wisconsin Eau Claire 4-3

CLERMONT, Fla. - In the first game their daily double-header, the Tufts University softball team's late comeback fell just short, as they were defeated by the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday.

Tufts (4-3) outhit the Blugolds (9-3) 7-6 in the game and Michelle Adelman (pictured) led the way offensively for the Jumbos, finishing 1 for 3 HOME RUN with a run scored and three RBIs. Junior catcher Emma Jacobson also found succcess at the plate, going 2 for 3. Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Megan Maruna finished the day 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

Both teams crossed the plate once in the first inning, as Tufts' Adelman got the Jumbos on the board first with a two-out solo home run in the top of the inning. The Blugolds answered in the bottom half, when Maruna scored on a Sadie Erickson groundout to the shortstop. Maruna led off the inning with a single up the middle, advanced to second, and made it to third on a Haley Lamberson sacrifice bunt.

Eau Claire scored twice in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Alli Schoenrock singled through the left side to start it off. With one out, Maruna doubled to right field sending Schoenrock to third. Another Lamberson bunt led to an error, allowing Maruna and Schoenrock to score. They tacked on one more run in the fourth inning when Chloe Garofalo hit into an error to score Kenna Strunsee after she singled through the left side to start the inning. Shaelyn Talley singled as well to put Strunsee in scoring position.

The Jumbos fought back into the game in their final chance, as they scored two runs with two outs in the seventh to cut the Eau Claire lead to just one. After a Sophia DiCocco single to left field and Rachel Moore replacing her on the basepaths, Keila McCabe singled to center field to advance Moore to second. Kat Yuzefpolsky followed that up with a walk to load the bases. With two outs, Adelman hit into an error at second base to score both Moore and McCabe to make it 4-3 before Eau Claire was able to record the final out for the victory.

Junior pitcher Madi Zerr got the win for the Blugolds, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing just one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Lauren Gamme earned the save, throwing the final 2.1 innings and allowing two runs and three hits while striking out one. DiCocco pitched the entire game for the Jumbos, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out three batters in six innings pitched.

Tufts will look to split their Tuesday doubleheader now, as they face off against Elmhurst University at 1:45 pm.

Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern