Trinity Ends Softball’s NESCAC Conference East Division Winning Streak at 65 with 6-3 Win Friday

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior Katharine Haghdan went 3-for-3 at the plate and recorded four RBIs, along with the game-winning, two-run single in the third, for the Trinity College (Conn.) softball team during a 6-3 win over Tufts University on Friday, as the Bantams put an end to the Jumbos' 65-game unbeaten streak in the NESCAC Conference East Division in Hartford, Connecticut. 

Samantha Siciliano went 2-for-4, knocking in and scoring a run.

The Bantams (15-9, 5-2 in NESCAC East Division) defeated the Jumbos for the first time since April 30, 2011, when Trinity defeated visiting Tufts, 12-2, during a five-inning affair in the finale of a three-game series. On Friday, the Jumbos claimed an early 3-1 lead in the top half of the third, but the Bantams ended the game with five unanswered runs, as each team totaled 10 hits in the contest.

The Bantams defended their home field, behind strong performances by freshman Natalie Bruno (2-for-4, two singles RBI, run scored), junior Meaghan Race (2-for-4, double, single, two runs scored, RBI) and senior Victoria Baez (2-for-3, two singles, run scored).

Senior captain Cassie Ruscz led the way for the Jumbos (14-7, 4-1 in East Division), blasting her seventh home run, which leads the team and is tied for the most within the entire conference. Junior catcher Raven Fournier (2-for-4, double, single) and senior captain Carrie Copacino (2-for-3, two singles) performed admirably for the visitors. 

When facing a top-caliber opponent, scoring early and first are both important and the Bantams accomplished that feat, with Bruno recording a two-out RBI single in the first, scoring sophomore Nicole Towner from second base. 

Junior second baseman Samantha Siciliano (2-for-4, RBI, run scored) is on a tear in the batter's box, as she clocked a one-run single in the third, scoring freshman pinch runner Maggie Lebinski from second base and evening the score at 1-1. 

Two at-bats later, Ruscz handed the Jumbos the lead for the first time, as she blasted a two-run shot over the right-field fence, plating Siciliano, as the Jumbos took a 3-1 lead. 

The Bantams countered with a three-run outburst in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a pair of clutch two-out hits. Race posted an RBI double, scoring Bruno, and then Haghdan tallied a two-run single, scoring Race and Baez, as the hosts regained the lead at 4-3. 

Haghdan knocked in a pair of insurance runs in the fifth, as her one-out single scored freshman Meghan Golia and Race. 

Freshman pitcher Lindsay Golia (8-4) was credited with the win on the mound for the hosts, working four scoreless innings in relief and relinquishing five hits. Junior pitcher Rachael Smith started the game for the Bantams, but was chased after working three innings, and giving up five hits and three runs. 

Freshman pitcher Gillian O'Connor (5-2) was tagged with the loss for the Jumbos, as she gave up 10 hits and six runs during six innings of action. The Montgomery, New Jersey, native struck out five batters and walked three. 

The Jumbos will square off against the Bantams in a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game slated for noon in Hartford, Connecticut.

Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern

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