Softball Takes Two at Wellesley College, 7-0 and 6-3

WELLESLEY - Sophomore Sophia DiCocco pitched a two-hit shutout in the first game and the Jumbos hit three triples to spur their offense in the second game as the #21 Tufts softball team swept a doubleheader at Wellesley College on Wednesday 7-0 and 6-3.

DiCocco allowed just a Chole Theriault single in the third inning and a lead-off double by Hayley Moniz in the seventh as Wellesley's only two hits in game one. She ended the game with a strike out to strand Moniz on third and preseve the shutout. DiCocco did not walk a batter and struck out six while improving to 9-4 on the season.

The Jumbos (22-9) started their game-one scoring with a run in the second inning. Meggie Murphy (pictured) reached on an error and then stole second with two outs. She scored on an Emma Jacobson single to left field putting Tufts ahead 1-0. In the third Michelle Adelman homered to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. It was her third of the year.

Tufts broke it open with five runs on six hits in the top of the sixth. With one out, Murphy singled Keila McCabe to second. Nicole Russo then singled home a run for a 3-0 lead, followed by Jacobson's two-rbi single making it 5-0. After a Bela Jimenez single to left field, she and Jacobson would score on a two-run double by Kat Yuzefpolsky.

The Jumbos' 12 hits in game one were their most since April 2. Rachel Moore finished 3 for 4, Jacobson was 2 for 3 with three rbis and a run and Murphy had a 2 for 3 game with two runs. Wellesley's Marisa Sgambati took the first-game loss (5.1 IP, 12 H, 6 ER).

Game two started fast for the Jumbos with three runs after two were out in the top of the first. Moore, who had reached by fielder's choice, scored on Josie Steinberg's triple to right. Russo then doubled to left field for an rbi. The third run came after a Wellesley error and a single by Jacobson, her fourth rbi of the day. However, the Blue got two of them back in the bottom of the second inning after Lauren Young had an infield single to lead off. She was sacrificed to second and took third on a wild pitch, which also allowed Theriault to reach on a strike out. Both Theriault and Young would evntually score on two more wild pitches.

Adelman tripled for Tufts to lead off the third, but was left there. Wellesley then tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the inning as Marisa Hensch hit a one-out home run (her second of the season). Tufts scored twice after two were out in the fourth to take the lead for good. They loaded the bases on an infield single by Lindsay Neumann, Yuzefpolsky was hit by a pich and Moore single to right. Neumann and Yuzefpolsky scored on an error making it 5-3 Tufts. Adelman hit her second triple of the game and fourth of the season to start the seventh, then scored on Steinberg's sacrifice fly.

Freshman pitcher Lacy Chilek earned her second collegiate victory in the second game, allowing three hits and three runs and striking out four in four innings. DiCocco got the final nine outs for Tufts to register her third save. She allowed one hit, no runs and struck out three. Neumann joined Adelman in finishing with two hits for Tufts. Steinberg drove home two.

Moniz was the losing pitcher in the second game for Wellesley, who dropped to 3-20 overall with the two losses. She gave up six hits and five runs (two earned) in 3.2 frames.