Softball Completes NESCAC Series Sweep Against Trinity with 2 Wins on Senior Day

MEDFORD – An eight-run third inning helped lift the Tufts University softball team to an 11-5 victory in game one of a Senior Day doubleheader against Trinity on Saturday afternoon, and a Keriann Slayton three-run home run in the fourth inning of game two propelled the Jumbos to a 4-1 win and a sweep of the three-game weekend NESCAC series.

The Bantams (15-11, 6-3 NESCAC East) got on the board first in game one. In the top of the first inning, Michaela Russell led it off with a single to left field and Kennedy Rogers blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence to give Trinity the early 2-0 lead. Tufts did not allow the lead to last long, as Nicole Russo hit a three-run home run in the bottom half of the inning, scoring Rachel Moore (pictured) and Michelle Adelman, who reached base on an error and hit-by-pitch respectively.

The Jumbos broke the game open in the bottom of the third, batting around the order and scoring eight runs on seven hits. Moore, Russo and Kat Yuzefpolsky each had rbi doubles in the inning, with Russo's and Yuzefpolsky's doubles each bringing two runs across. Yuzefpolsky also led the inning off with a single, giving her two hits in the inning. Russo scored on an Emma Jacobson rbi single and the Jumbos also scored two runs on a wild pitch and a Keila McCabe sacrifice fly to take an 11-2 lead. The Bantams managed to get three runs on the board throughout the remainder of the game, including a two-run home run from Erin Steed in the fourth, but could not rally to get themselves back into the game, as the Jumbos got the 11-5 victory.

Russo finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs scored and five rbis while Yuzefpolsky led the team with three hits in four at bats with a run scored and an rbi. Meggie Murphy also had a two-hit day for the Jumbos, finishing 2 for 4 with a run scored. Rogers led the Trinity lineup, going 2 for 3 with a two-run home run and an rbi single.

Sky Johnson got the win for Tufts in game one, throwing five innings and allowing five runs on six hits with eight striekouts. Sophia DiCocco pitched two no-hit innings in relief with a strikeout. Tiffany Stowers was credited with the loss for the Bantams, pitching 3.2 total innings and allowing seven earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

DiCocco found success on the mound in game two, pitching a complete game and allowing just one run on four hits with four strikeouts while Trinity's Jordan Stephan also pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out seven.

Both pitchers controlled the game throughout the first three innings, but both teams scored for the first time in the fourth inning. Trinity's Taylor Mikolajczak reached on an error in the top of the fourth and eventually scored when Gianna Tito stole second, forcing a throw that allowed Mikolajczak to cross the plate, giving Trinity a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.

After Josie Steinberg led off with a single up the middle, Bela Jimenez hit a single of her own to put runners on first and second base for Slayton, who sent a three-run home run over the left field fence with two outs to give the Jumbos a 3-1 lead. Tufts added one more run in the fifth when Adelman attempted to steal second base and forced a throw that allowed Moore to score after she singled earlier in the inning. DiCocco shut down the Trinity lineup in the remaining innings to give the Jumbos the 4-1 win and the series sweep.

Slayton finished 1 for 3 with a three-run home run while Steinberg and Moore each finished 2 for 3 with a run scored for Tufts. Mikolajczak went 1 for 3 with a run scored for Trinity and Rogers, Steed and Alex Chambers were the other Bantams with hits in game two.

The Jumbos will now travel to Brandeis for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 26 with game one set to start at 3 pm.

Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern