DiCocco Gem Gives Softball Split With Endicott College

MEDFORD - Sophomore pitcher Sophia DiCocco threw a two-hitter leading the 13th-ranked Tufts softball team to a 4-1 win in game two of today's doubleheader versus Endicott College to earn a split. The Gulls won the first game 4-2 on a fifth-inning grand slam by junior catcher Raven Comtois.

The Jumbos (18-6) scored all of their runs in game two in the third inning when they had four hits. They were down 1-0 when junior catcher Emma Jacobson (pictured) singled up the middle to start the inning. She was sacrificed to second by junior LF Kat Yuzefpolski, and then scored when junior CF Michelle Adelman doubled to left-center. After a second out was made, Endicott made two errors on the same play with Andelman scoring to put Tufts up 2-1. A double by junior SS Josie Steinberg and a single by freshman RF Lindsay Neumann followed bringing in two more runs for a 4-1 advantage.

Endicott (15-7) had scored in their first at-bat when graduate SS Keelin Spencer walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on a two-out base hit by freshman DP Chloe Shapleigh.

Other than that, DiCocco retired 18 of the next 19 Gulls to earn the victory. She improved to 7-3 allowing just the one run with four strikeouts and a walk. Neumann had two hits for the Jumbos.

Sophomore starter Jaylin Couto was a tough-luck loser for Endicott, allowing just one earned run and six hits in six innings.

Adelman tripled to lead off the bottom of the first in the first game, and was singled home with two outs by Steinberg giving the Jumbos a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Sky Johnson got the start and kept the Gulls scoreless through four. In the fifth though, a walk, hit-batter and a single tapped out in between the mound and the first-base line with two outs led to Comtois' grand slam, which she roped to left.

Tufts put two on with the potential tying run on first with one out in their final at-bat, but Endicott junior starter Maria Hanchuk closed out the win by getting the final two outs. She earned her ninth win giving up seven hits and the run with five strikeouts. Comtois and senior RF Lauren Misiaszek both had two hits for the Gulls.

Johnson fell to 10-2 on the season with the game-one loss. She allowed seven hits and four runs with eight strikeouts and a walk.