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Trinity tops softball 3-0 in Game 1 of final home series

LEWISTON, Maine -- Trinity College got all the runs it needed with three in the fourth inning, as first-year pitcher Hannah King threw a complete-game shutout for a 3-0 Bantams win over the Bates College softball team on Friday afternoon.

Trinity (13-17, 5-5 NESCAC East) pulled even at .500 in NESCAC East Division play. Bates (9-15, 1-9 NESCAC East) concludes its season on Saturday with a doubleheader against the Bantams, beginning at 12pm.

King (Kennebunk, Maine) notched her fifth shutout of the season, holding Bates to six hits and issuing one walk while striking out five, to raise her record to 11-9. She outdueled Bates sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine), who limited Trinity to seven hits and three walks while striking out eight Bantams.

Freedman and the Bobcat defense got through the first three innings unblemished, save for a double by Caroline Blanchard in the third inning. But the Bantams broke through in the fourth, led off by a single into the hole by Kerry McCarthy. Christina Galese then bunted back to Freedman, who tried to get the lead runner out at second, but McCarthy beat the tag. McCarthy and Galese then pulled a double steal, and both came home when Miranda Riendeau-Card lined a sharp single into left field. Blanchard then drew a two-out walk, and Elizabeth McQuaid blooped a single into shallow right to plate Riendeau-Card for Trinity's third run. Freedman struck out Amelia Ostrom to leave two Bantams stranded, but all the damage needed had been done.

Bates threatened in the bottom of the fourth, as sophomore Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) both singled to center. Martino stole second base to put runners on second and third for senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.). Gattuso grounded out to third, and Lockhart took off for home on the throw, but was thrown out at the plate for the rally-killing double play.

Bates then left two runners on in the fifth in senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine), who hit her second bunt single of the game with two outs, and sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) walked, but a groundout ended the inning.

The Bobcats then thwarted what could have been a big inning for Trinity with a pair of terrific defensive plays. The Bantams loaded the bases with no one out, bringing up McQuaid. McQuaid flied out to first-year right fielder Anna Berenson (Topsfield, Mass.), who made the catch and threw to Martino, effectively blocking the plate, on one hop to nab Riendeau-Card, who had tagged up from third. Blanchard then tried to steal second base; Martino's throw to Gattuso at second base was quickly returned to her as Mostovoy took off for home, and Mostovoy was called for the third out after a prolonged stare at the plate by the umpire.

Lewis went 2-for-3 and stole two bases for the third straight game, raising her batting average to .481 and her single-season Bates stolen bases record to 24 (on 26 attempts). Lewis also owns Bates' career records in steals (54) and singles (118).