CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore pitcher Kristi Van Meter fired a two-hit shutout and the offense had its best game of the spring trip thus far as Tufts earned an 8-0 softball win over Plattsburgh State in five innings on Monday afternoon.
|Christian Cain had one of Tufts' two triples in the game.|
Van Meter no-hit the Cardinals through four innings and was nearly perfect, with the only blemish being a walk to junior 1B Haleigh Agans in the second. The Jumbo sophomore finished with seven strikeouts and just the one walk.
Plattsburgh's two hits came from freshman 1B Hannah Fuerst and junior RF Frannie Merkel both in the top of the fifth inning. The Cardinals dropped to 3-3 with the loss.
A lead-off single by Della Volpe and a triple to center by Steinberg put the Jumbos up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Back-to-back doubles by Lebinski and Della Volpe to start the Jumbo third gave Tufts a 2-0 advantage.
Tufts broke the game open with four runs in the fourth, with another triple as the centerpiece. After Molina singled and junior 3B Jamie Stevens was hit by pitch, senior DH Christian Cain brought both runs home with a triple to left. Junior LF Emily Serata followed with a base hit scoring Cain, then Lebinski also singled and scored on another base hit by Steinberg making it 6-0. Tufts had five hits in the inning.
Van Meter shut down Plattsburgh's runners-on-first-and-third-with-one-out rally by striking out the next two hitters in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the inning, Tufts ended the game early by scoring a pair. Maggiore and Molina hit back-to-back doubles for a 7-0 lead. After Molina took third on a fly ball, pinch hitter Kelsey Dion brought her home with a sac fly for the eight-run margin.
Molina and Lebinski both scored twice for the Jumbos.
Freshman Elliana Bowlen took the pitching loss for the Cardinals. She let up four hits and two runs in two innings.
Tufts plays Grinnell immediately after the game. Plattsburgh is off tomorrow and will face Bethel in the first of two games Wednesday.