Softball Scores Early to Earn 2-1 Win Against Augustana (Ill.)

CLERMONT, Fla. - Beginning a day in which they would play a triple-header, the Tufts softball team scored twice unearned in the bottom of the first inning and made it stand for a 2-1 victory against Augustana (Ill.) in Florida on Saturday morning.

The Jumbos would finish with just two hits, by sophomores Sky Johnson (pictured) and Sophia DiCocco combined to limit the Vikings to five hits and one run. Johnson went four for the win and DiCocco had a three-inning save.

Tufts scored its only two runs in the first started by Lindsay Neumann and Michelle Adelman reaching by errors. Josie Steinberg then doubled to center field scoring both.

Augutana got their run in the second inning. Morgan Bielfeldt had an infield single and stole second. Johnson got the next two batters by strike out and line out, but Ashlyn Mathers doubled to left field scoring Bielfeldt.

The Jumbos stranded two runners in the second when Kat Yuzefpolsky had their only other hit, a single. Tufts left two on in the third as well.

The Vikings' biggest threat came in the fifth after DiCocco entered, when they had left two on. DiCocco would retire the last seven batters she faced though, and allowed just one hit and no runs in her three innings. Johnson (4 IP, 4 H, 1R) improved to 5-1 in the circle.

Augustana's Nadia Ranieri went the distance in taking the loss (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER).

Tufts improved to 8-3 with the victory, while Augustana dropped to 11-5.