MEDFORD - Sophia DiCocco continued her stellar sophomore season by throwing a two-hit shutout in the Tufts softball team's 1-0 victory over Trinity College to open a NESCAC East Division series at Spicer Field on Friday afternoon.
DiCocco gave up just a lead-off single to Trinity's Michaela Russell in the first inning and a one-out infield single to Tiffany Stowers in the fifth. She did not walk a batter and struck out four while improving to 10-4 on the season.
Russell, who entered the game with 20 stolen bases for Trinity, singled through the left side, but was caught stealing by Jumbo junior catcher Emma Jacobson. With that, DiCocco faced the minimum batters through four inings until Stowers' hit in the fourth. DiCocco then pitched 1-2-3 fifth and sixth frames.
Tufts junior shortstop Josie Steinberg (pictured) dropped a single into shallow center field in the third inning to score the game's only run. Freshman RF Lindsay Neumann had led off with a single and then Trinity made an error on a Jumbo sacrifice attempt. After Michelle Adelman was hit by a pitch loading the bases with one out, Steinberg came through with her 28th rbi of the season.
Bantam starter Jordan Stephan was a tough-luck losing pitcher, giving up just the one run and striking out five. Tufts' Rachel Moore hit a one-out double in the first, by Stephan got back-to-back pop-ups to prevent her from scoring. The Jumbos had base runners in every inning, but Stephan did a nice job limiting their scoring chances.
Moore had two of Tufts' six hits, while Nicole Russo had a single and a walk.
Tufts (23-9, 6-1 NESCAC East) and Trinity, who fell to 15-9 and 6-1 in the division, play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon at Spicer Field.