CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Allison Tilton hurled a four-hit shutout as the Tufts University softball team won 5-0 over Fontbonne University in Florida on Friday. The Jumbos swept their two games on Friday and are now 7-5 overall.
|Allison Tilton's first collegiate win was a four-hit shutout|
Tufts scored all of its five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning including a two-run, pinch-hit double by freshman Jamie Stevens. The Jumbos also finished with just four hits, but earned six walks in the game.
Two of the Griffins' four hits off Tilton came in the first inning as Courtney Kedroski and Sarah Kitchen both singled. Fontbonne loaded the bases with two outs, but Tilton struck out Kayla Winkler to stop the threat.
The Jumbos also loaded the bases in the first with the help of two errors, but could not score. The Griffins turned a double-play on a fly ball by Jumbo senior 1B Summer Horowitz to center fielder Emily McNiff who threw Tufts RF Maggie Hoffman out at the plate trying to score.
Fontbonne rallied again on Tilton in the third, but the Jumbo freshman escaped unscathed. After Alleigh Kruse walked to open the inning, Kedroski singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Beth Fields walked to load the bases with two outs, but Tilton again got Winkler on a foul out to catcher Raven Fournier.
Similarly, the Jumbos had an opportunity go for naught in the fourth. Cassie Ruscz and Horowitz walked, while Michelle Chisdak was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. The Griffins cut down another run at the plate as Kedroski fielded a ground ball and threw home to force pinch-runner Maggie Lebinski. Reliever Maddy Strickland then got a fly ball out to end the inning.
The Jumbos would finally break through in a big way in the bottom of the sixth. Fournier walked to start the inning and Ruscz singled to center. Horowitz sacrificed both and Michelle Chisdak walked. This time the Jumbos capitalized with the bases bagged as freshman Casey Maggiore walked home a run. Stevens followed with her pinch-hit, two-run single. Two more runs scored on a ground out by junior CF Carrie Copacino and a base hit by sophomore 2B Christian Cain.
Tilton finished off her shutout, and earned her first collegiate victory with a 1-2-3 seventh. She struck out nine in her outing and survived four walks. The win avenged the Jumbos 6-0 loss to the Griffins on Monday.
Kedroski was the only player in the game with two hits. Strickland took the loss for Fontbonne (2-10), allowing four hits and five runs in 2.1 innings. Diamond did not allow a hit or a run in her 3.1-inning start.