Jumbo Pitching Allows 1 Run in Softball Double-header Sweep of Wheaton Thursday

MEDFORD – Tufts sophomore Kristina Haghdan threw a two-hit shutout in game one, then Jumbo pitching stranded 12 Wheaton runners on base in game two as Tufts swept a non-league softball double-header from the Lyons on Thursday at Spicer Field. The game scores were 4-0 and 5-1.

Kristina Haghdan was virtually unhittable in Tufts' game-one victory.

Tufts, led offensively by senior Christian Cain's three hits and three rbis from sophomore SS Mia Steinberg in the two games, improved to 27-6 overall. Wheaton, who received three hits from sophomore Lindsay Whittles in the nightcap, dropped to 21-17.

Neither of the two hits Haghdan allowed in the first game were well struck. Freshman catcher Lexi Lovell beat out a slow grounder to short in the third and senior 1B Jade Assad dropped a pop-up single into shallow left in the sixth. Assad's single gave Wheaton runners on second and third, but Haghdan preserved her shutout with a ground ball out. She then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to finish it. She struck out seven and walked two while improving to 10-2.

Tufts had scored a single run in the first when Steinberg reached by error, freshman catcher Alexis Aboulafia doubled to right and junior 1B Casey Maggiore scored the run with a ground ball to short. The Jumbos added two more in the second as senior RF Kristen Caporelli and junior LF Emily Serata hit one-out singles and sophomore 2B Emma Della Volpe walked to load the bases. Steinberg lined a two-run single to center making it 3-0.

The Jumbos finished their scoring in the fifth when junior CF Maggie Lebinski reached by an error and eventually scored on a double steal attempt while Della Volpe was caught trying to advance to second.

Junior LF Emily Serata was 2 for 3 with a run for Tufts in the opener including a sixth-inning triple.

The Jumbos survived five walks and two hits by Wheaton in the first three innings of the second game without allowing a run. The Lyons couldn't get the clutch hit they needed, leaving three on in the first and two on in the second. A 6-3 double play started by Steinberg helped Tufts get its first two outs in the third when the visitors had runners on first and second. Lyons senior catcher Emily Schlapak was on base twice during this stretch with a walk in the first and a single in the third.

Tufts scored three in the third to take a lead. Lebinski led off with a single to right and came all the way around to score on an error when Della Volpe bunted. Steinberg and sophomore catcher Sofia Molina added rbi singles. Cain then singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to put Tufts up 4-0.

After loading the bases with one out and failing to score in the fifth, the Lyons finally broke their drought on the day with a run in the sixth. Senior 2B Chloe Woodward drew a one-out walk, went to second on a walk to freshman CF Hannah Arkin and scored on Whittles' base hit. Tufts pitching walked seven overall in the game.

Della Volpe walked, stole second and scored on a single by Maggiore for Tufts' final run of the day in the sixth.

O'Connor earned the game-two win for Tufts, improving to 6-1 allowing five hits and one run in five innings. Cain was 2 for 3 with a run, Maggiore had two hits and Della Volpe scored twice.

Tufts plays two at MIT on Saturday. Wheaton's next action is in the NEWMAC Tournament, for which a schedule has not yet been announced.