|Date and Time:||04/06/2008, 10:00AM|
MEDFORD, Mass. - Tufts sophomore Christy Tinker hit a three-run home run in the first inning that propelled the Tufts University softball team to a 4-3 victory over Bowdoin College on Sunday morning at Spicer Field. The win gave Tufts a three-game series sweep over their NESCAC East Division rival.
Bowdoin scored a run in the first when sophomore SS Shavonne Lord walked with one out and stole second. When first-year 3B Molly Nestor grounded out, Tufts threw the ball away trying to catch Lord advancing to third and she scored.
The Polar Bear lead didn't last long, as Tinker smashed her fourth home run of the year and third in the last four games. Junior 3B Sam Kuhles had doubled and sophomore SS Casey Sullivan singled in front of Tinker.
After the first-inning runs, starting pitchers Stefanie Tong for Tufts and Karen Reni for Bowdoin pitched scoreless innings from the second through fourth. Tufts made its lead 4-1 in the fifth when Kuhles led off with a double, advanced to third on a ground out by Sullivan and scored on a single through the left-side hole by senior 2B Danielle Lopez.
Bowdoin threatened to score in the third and the fifth against Tong, but they left runners on second and third with less than two outs both times. The Polar Bears capitalized on a rally in the seventh when junior LF Kaitee Daley led off with a single and scored on a double by Lord. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Lord scored when sophomore LF Clare Ronan dropped a single into left field. With the tying run on first, Tufts first-year pitcher Izzie Santone, who had come in to face Ronan, got the last out on a fielder's choice to Lopez.
Tufts (12-5, 3-0 NESCAC East) got a 2 for 3 with two runs scored game from Kuhles. Lopez and junior DP Cara Hovhanessian had two hits each. Tong improved to 4-0, allowing five hits and six walks in 6.2 innings.
Daley was 2 for 4 with a run to lead Bowdoin (14-5, 0-3), which finished with six hits. Reni allowed eight hits and a walk in six innings.