Softball to 12-0 with 7-4 Victory Versus St. Olaf College on Friday

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Tufts University softball team improved to 12-0 on its spring break trip to Florida with a 7-4 victory over St. Olaf College on Friday.

Sophomore catcher Sofia Molina had an rbi single and scored a run in the game.

The Jumbos were out-hit 11-7, but took advantage of six walks and three hit-by-pitches. Tufts sophomore hurlers Kristina Haghdan and Kristi Van Meter stranded 10 St. Olaf runners on base.

Tufts cut down a run at the plate in the bottom of the first inning. After St. Olaf freshman 3B Kaleigh Santmyer walked, she tried to score on a double by senior Emily Carr. However, Jumbo junior CF Maggie Lebinski fired home to sophomore catcher Sofia Molina to keep the game scoreless.

The Jumbos then got the scoring started in the second. Senior DH Christian Cain singled, took second when Molina was hit by a pitch and scored on a base hit from sophomore RF Reegan Coleman. Molina then scored on an error while Coleman was stealing second for a 2-0 Tufts lead.

Tufts went up 5-0 with three in the third. The first three batters reached on two walks and an HBP. Cain, Molina and junior 3B Jamie Stevens followed with consecutive rbi singles.

St. Olaf would hit three straight singles of its own in the third and score three times to pull within 5-3. Freshman Tarah DeCroock, sophomore Abby Grismer and Santmyer all singled and scored.

The Jumbos answered though as sophomore Mia Steinberg started the fourth with a solo home run. Senior LF Kristen Caporelli followed with a single and would eventually score on a wild pitch making it 7-2.

Van Meter had entered for Haghdan in the third and retired three straight with two in scoring positon and none out. She stranded the bases loaded in the fifth. St. Olaf did get to her for a run in the seventh when freshman Andrea Conway walked with two outs and scored after singles by sophomore SS Jordan Melz singled and freshman CF Sydney Robson (rbi).

Cain finished 2 for 3 with a run and an rbi for Tufts. Steinberg and Caporelli both scored twice. Van Meter was credited with her fifth win of the week after allowing six hits and one run in five innings.

Santmyer, Robson and DeCroock each had two hits for St. Olaf (6-4). Junior starting pitcher Julie Graf took the loss. Despite giving up just two hits in five innings, she walked three and hit a pair of batters.

Tufts plays its last double-header of the week on Saturday with games against Wisconsin-Eau Claire and St. Thomas (Minn.). Today was the first day of games in Florida for St. Olaf, who faces Wisconsin-Whitewater and University of Chicago tomorrow.