Six-Inning Win Over Worcester State Gives Softball Tuesday Sweep in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Tufts University softball team completed a Tuesday sweep of Florida games with a 10-2 victory in six innings against Worcester State University.

Michelle Chisdak had a two-run single for the Jumbos

The Jumbos evened their record at 4-4, while the Lancers fell to 1-5.

Current NESCAC Player of the Week Maggie Hoffman finished 3 for 3 with two runs batted in and a run scored for the Jumbos, who had 15 hits. Junior Samantha Siciliano was 2 for 3 with two runs at the top of the Tufts batting order. Freshman Jamie Stevens and junior Carrie Copacino both had a pair of hits for the Jumbos.

Freshman starter Gillian O'Connor picked up her first collegiate victory while limiting Worcester to three hits and two runs (one earned) in five innings.

Tufts scored four times in the first inning, mostly due to the wildness of Worcester State starter Mary McKeown. After loading the bases, the Jumbos scored runs when Summer Horowitz was hit by a pitch, Casey Maggiore walked, Sarah Finnigan was hit by a pitch and on a fielder's choice by O'Connor.

Hoffman's two-run single in the bottom of the second put Tufts up 6-0. Copacino and Siciliano both singled and stole bases prior to scoring on Hoffman's base hit to right.

The Lancers didn't have a hit off O'Connor until the fourth, when they also got onto the scoreboard as Sydney Despres launched a home run to center field.

Tufts got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Hoffman led off with a single and pinch-runner Sara Willner-Gwierc scored on a pair of Lancers' errors for a 7-1 Tufts margin. Worcester State added its own unearned run in the fifth. Shannon Magner went to second on an error, moved to third on a single by Haley Scola and scored on Becky Brandeberry's pinch-hit single to center.

A two-run single by Michelle Chisdak in the fifth and an rbi base hit by Jamie Stevens in the sixth ended the game in Tufts' favor by the eight-run rule.

Jumbo freshman Maria Ostapovich pitched a scoreless inning for Tufts and also had a double at the plate.