MEDFORD, Mass. – Freshman pitcher Allison Tilton of the Tufts University softball team earned a complete-game victory on Sunday, working out of difficult jams in the fifth and sixth, as the Jumbos outlasted Bates, 2-1, during a pitchers' duel at Spicer Field in Medford, Massachusetts.
|Sarah Finnigan recorded a single and a double for the Jumbos.|
The Jumbos (13-5, 4-0 in NESCAC) have now won 65 consecutive games in the NESCAC Conference East Division, dating back to the 2011 season.
Tilton (3-4) is quickly making a name for herself on the mound, improving to 2-0 in NESCAC Conference action, while only relinquishing one run in 10 innings of work. The Jupiter, Florida, native posted 1-2-3 innings during the second, third and seventh, as she also struck out eight batters, gave up six hits and walked a pair of batters.
Tilton's opponent on the mound was up to the challenge, as freshman Kirsten Pelletier did everything imaginable to give the Bobcats (5-7, 0-4 in NESCAC) a chance to steal a game on the road. The Sidney, Maine, native struck out five batters, and relinquished five hits and two runs during six innings of work.
The Jumbos posted a two-run effort during the third frame. The rally started with a double to left-center by junior catcher Sarah Finnigan (2-for-2, one run scored). The Weymouth, Massachusetts, native then stole third base. Senior captain Carrie Copacino tallied a bunt single, and then stole second with one out.
Junior second baseman and leadoff hitter Samantha Siciliano stepped into the batter's box with a pair of runners in scoring position, and the Chatsworth, California, native drilled the game-winning two-run single to center, scoring Finnigan and Copacino, giving the Jumbos an early two-run advantage.
The Bobcats gave the Jumbos everything they could handle in the fifth, as sophomore Mimi Crowley led off with a single to center, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tilton struck out Pelletier swinging, and then sophomore Sam Fellers singled to center, advancing Crowley to third.
Tilton kept her composure and struck out sophomore Andrea Russo swinging. The Bobcats made sure they did not come out of the inning empty handed, as freshman Julia Panepinto drove an RBI single to right, plating Crowley. The Jumbos were holding a 2-1 lead with two outs and runners on first and second, but that did not faze Tilton, as she managed to strike out senior Maddie Inlow swinging.
The Bobcats threatened again in the sixth, as freshmen India Woolmington and Julia Treadwell resided on second and third, respectively, with two down in the frame. Tilton was able to keep the Jumbos' one-run cushion intact, by forcing Pelletier to ground out to third. Tilton sealed the win for the Jumbos, retiring the side in order during the seventh.
The Jumbos will be back in action on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Babson, starting at 3 p.m. in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern