Cardinals Fall to Trinity is Season Finale DH Despite Standout Efforts by Abby Rutt '17 & Su Pardo '16
In contrasting games, Trinity took a pair of softball contests at Wesleyan Sat., April 26, winning a pitcher's battle in the opener, 2-1, then outslugging its host in the nightcap, 18-11. Wesleyan concluded its season with a 10-22 record.
Sophomore Hannah King picked up both pitching wins for Trinity, allowing just two hits and one unearned run in the first game, then coming in during a Cardinal uprising in the 4th inning after Trinity forged a 15-3 lead after three innings of the second game, yielding five hits and one earned run to get the victory in relief. Wesleyan got an equally strong effort from Su Pardo '16 (#6, photo insert left side) in the first game as she allowed three hits and one earned run in taking the loss. Pardo also threw in relief during the second game, giving up six hits and two earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. She did not factor into the decision.
Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning of the first game after a triple to right field. When the throw to third was mishandled, Trinity got a run. Wesleyan knotted the count in the 5th when Alex Sarkowsky '14 doubled home Amanda Roosa '16, who reached via error. Trinity broke the tie in the 7th by opening the frame with a double to right field, advanced on a sacrifice and scoring on a foul ball that was caught by Amy Lindland '14 but still allowed the Trinity runner opportunity to tag up and reach home from third.
Trinity used a nine-run 2nd inning to overcome an early 2-1 deficit in the second game, then added five in the 3rd for its 15-3 lead. Wesleyan rallied for seven runs in the 4th to make it 15-10 and added a run in the 5th to get as close as 15-11 before Trinity scored the final three runs of the contest. The Bantams launched an 18-hit attack in the game. Wesleyan was led by Abby Rutt '17 (#10, main photo), who had a 4-for-5 game including her seventh homer of the year, tying the Wesleyan single-season record, and a triple. Both Jill Gately '15 (#17, photo insert lower right) and Mollie Grunat '16 had three hits for the Cardinals as they collected 15 in the affair.
Rutt paced the team with her .426 batting average, 10 doubles and 31 RBI to go along with her seven round-trippers. Her .772 slugging percentage also was a team high. Gately ranked second among the regulars with a .343 average and is the Wesleyan career home run leader with 14, five this season. Pardo again led the pitching staff, going 7-10 with a 2.32 ERA and .261 opponent batting average. She racked up 165 strikeouts in 129.2 inning of action.