Three Home Runs, DiCocco Shutout Give Softball 7-0 Win Against Gustavus

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Tufts University softball team hit three home runs in the fourth inning and sophomore pitcher Sophia DiCocco threw a two-hit shutout as the Jumbos returned to action for the first time since Tuesday in Florida with a 7-0 win over Gustavus Adolphus College.

Entering the fourth with the game tied at 0-0, Meggie Murphy, Rachel Moore and Lindsay Neumann all homered for the Jumbos. Murphy and Moore's were both two-run shots. It was the first career home run for all three players and gave Tufts a 5-0 lead. Keila McCabe had singled and scored on Murphy's home run, while Emma Jacobson walked before Moore's homer.

That was more than enough for DiCocco, who went the distance for her third victory of the week. She stranded a runner on base in both the first and second innings, then left two on in the sixth.

The Jumbos (6-3) had added a pair in the top of the sixth to take a 7-0 lead. Murphy walked and went to second on Jacoson's single. Murphy and pinch-runner Keriann Slayton then advanced bases on a passed ball. Kat Yuzefpolsky scored Murphy on a sac fly and Michelle Adelman doubled home Slayton.

Tufts finished with 14 hits, their most of the week. McCabe went 3 for 4 with a run and Murphy was 2 for 3 with two runs and two rbi. Neumann and Adelman also finished with two hits apiece.

Gustavus Adolphus starter Piper Otto took the pitching loss, giving up eight hits and five runs.

The Jumbos also face Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Thursday.