MEDFORD - A five-run fourth inning helped lift the Tufts University softball team to a 9-1 victory in game one of a double-header against Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon, and a Kat Yuzefpolsky walk-off single gave the Jumbos the game two victory 6-5 in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete a three-game series sweep over the Polar Bears. The wins bring the Jumbos to 15-3 overall and 3-0 in NESCAC East play.
Tufts struck first in game one, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third on a two-rbi double by Michelle Adelman (pictured), scoring Yuzefpolsky and Rachel Moore after Moore singled and Yuzefpolsky walked. Bowdoin got one back in the fourth when Lilly Armstrong walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Tufts exploded for five runs in the bottom half of the fourth, starting with a Emma Jacobson rbi double. Lindsay Neumann followed that up with a double of her own, tallying two rbis as she scored Jacobson and also Moore who singled earlier in the inning. The Jumbos added two more runs in the inning when Josie Steinberg reached first on a Bowdoin error to score two runs.
Tufts added one run in the fifth and one in the sixth run to end the game at 9-1. Moore had an rbi single in the fifth to score Bela Jimenez who singled, and Jimenez eventually hit the game-clinching rbi double to left field in the bottom of the sixth.
Adelman, Moore and Jimenez led the Tufts offense in game one. Adelman finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two rbis, Moore had three hits in three at bats with two runs and an rbi, and Jimenez finished 2 for 3 with two runs and an rbi. Sky Johnson got the win on the mound for the Jumbos, pitching all six innings and allowing just one hit and one earned run with six strike outs. Shea Sullivan was credited with the loss for Bowdoin, throwing 3.1 innings and allowing seven earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Game two was much tighter and both teams showed no quit, taking the game to the 10th inning. Bowdoin crossed the plate first in the top of the first inning when Kasey Cunningham bunted for a single and eventually scored when Caroline Sablone reached base on an error. The Polar Bears added to their lead in the fourth when Katryna Dukehart doubled to center field and scored on another Jumbo error.
Tufts responded in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Adelman, Steinberg and Nicole Russo started the inning off with consecutive singles to load the bases, and Lacy Chilek stepped into the box and hit a single of her own to score Adelman. Meggie Murphy hit the fifth consecutive single for Tufts to score Steinberg and Vanessa Venkataraman came in to pinch run on second base and scored the third run of the inning when Kerriann Slayton doubled to center field.
Bowdoin ended up scoring two in the top of the seventh inning to take a one-run lead, but Tufts tied it up once again in the bottom half on a Russo rbi single to right field, scoring Adelman who doubled earlier in the inning. Both teams had scoreless eighth and ninth innings and after the Polar Bears scored one run in the top of the 10th (with the tie-breaker rule in effect) on a Sablone rbi single, Tufts earned the walk-off victory with two in the bottom of the 10th. With Russo placed on second, Murphy singled her home and then scored when Yuzefpolsky sent one to right field that the diving outfielder could not secure and the ball dropped to the ground to give the Jumbos the 6-5 win.
Tufts finished with 17 hits in game two with seven players with multi-hit games. Russo finished with three hits in five at bats and added a run scored and an rbi. Murphy finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and a team-leading two rbis. Sophia DiCocco started on the mound for the Jumbos and pitched eight innings and allowed just one earned run on seven hits and four strikeouts. Sky Johnson came into the game in the ninth inning and got the win, throwing two innings and allowing two hits with a strikeout. Anna Halliday got the loss for the Polar Bears, throwing 9.2 innings and allowing 17 hits and five earned runs with six strikeouts.
Next, the Jumbos will host MIT on Tuesday, April 5th for a doubleheader starting at 3 pm.
Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern