|Date and Time:||04/05/2008, 3:30PM|
|Opponent:||at Tufts (Game 1)|
MEDFORD, Mass. - The Tufts University softball team came back from a 3-0 deficit to win game one 5-3, then got a complete-game shutout from first-year pitcher Izzie Santone in a 3-0 second-game victory for a double-header sweep of Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon at Spicer Field. The games were the first NESCAC East Division contests for both squads and the contests were the first for the Polar Bears since their spring break trip to Florida concluded on March 21.
Bowdoin had a 3-0 lead after three innings in the first game. Four consecutive singles in the second inning, including a two-run base hit by junior LF Kaitee Daley, put the visitors up 2-0. Sophomore SS Shavonne Lord then hit a solo home run to lead off the third for a 3-0 Bowdoin advantage.
Tufts sophomore pitcher Stefanie Tong entered in the third and quieted the Polar Bear attack. The Jumbos scored five times in the fourth to overtake the Polar Bears. Sophomore SS Casey Sullivan led off with a home run and sophomore 1B Christy Tinker hit a solo shot with one out to pull Tufts within 3-2. A Bowdoin error prolonged the inning, then Tufts junior catcher Cara Hovhanessian cracked a two-run double to give Tufts a 4-3 advantage. She would score after getting into a rundown between third and home on a single by junior LF Roni Herbst.Tong allowed three hits and no walks in five innings to earn the victory. Tufts finished with just six hits against Bowdoin junior Karen Reni, two by Sullivan. Daley was 2 for 4 for the Bears and junior catcher Alison Coleman hit two doubles.
Santone allowed six Bowdoin hits in the second game and only two runners reached third base. She struck out five and did not walk a batter, improving to 3-1 on the season. Tufts scored all of its runs in the first inning against Bowdoin starter Julia Jacobs. Run-scoring singles by Hovhanessian and Santone, along with an RBI fielder's choice by Tinker, accounted for the Jumbo runs. After that, Jacobs matched Santone with blank innings, allowing just four hits the rest of the way.
Hovhanessian was 2 for 3 and Santone was 2 for 2 in the second game for Tufts (11-5, 2-0 NESCAC East). Sophomore 1B Lauren Coven and junior 2B Courtney LaPierre were both 2 for 3 for Bowdoin (14-4, 0-2).
The teams play their third game of their series on Sunday morning at 10:00.