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Monroe Hits Walk-Off Double and Rinaldi Pitches Shutout as Softball Sweeps Trinity

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Brenna Monroe '21 hit a walk-off double in game one, and Danielle Rinaldi '21 pitched a complete game shutout in game two, as the Wesleyan University softball team swept its doubleheader over Trinity College Tuesday night by scores of 4-3 and 6-0, respectively.

Monroe totaled three hits on the day as the Cardinals improved to 12-12 overall. The Bantams were held to a mere four hits against Rinaldi in game two as they drop to 12-11 on the year.

GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The first game of Tuesday's doubleheader featured a pitching duel between Julie McDonald '18 and Rachael Smith.
  • After three scoreless innings, the Bantams got on the board in the top of the fourth. Erica Merullo walked to lead-off the inning, and after stealing second and advancing to third on a single by Katie Haghdan, she crossed home plate on a Wesleyan throwing error to third. Two batters later, Haghdan was driven home by a single to left field from Nicole Towner.
  • Wesleyan evened the score in the bottom of the sixth. McDonald led things off with a single up the middle but was thrown out on the next at-bat as Rinaldi reached on a single to right. Rielly Wieners '18 then stepped to the plate and hit one over the left-center fence to bring home Rinaldi and essentially send the game into extra innings.
  • In the top of the eighth, Samantha Witmer started on second and after stealing third, she would cross home plate on a sacrifice fly from Merullo.
  • Wesleyan responded nicely and loaded the bases with zero outs before Monroe hit a deep double to left field to bring home Rinaldi and Wieners for the walk-off hit.
  • McDonald, Rinaldi and Marina Williams '21 each recorded two hits for the Cardinals. McDonald was terrific on the mound as she struck out nine batters in eight innings, and did not allow an earned run. She also surrendered just six hits and walked only two batters.
  • Six different players recorded a hit for Trinity, and Smith allowed just three earned runs in seven innings while striking out four.

GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Gorman started off the bottom of the first with a lead-off single up the middle, and later scored on an RBI single through the right side of the infield by Williams.
  • The 1-0 lead proved to be all the home team needed, but the Cardinals' offense went off in the bottom of the fifth for some insurance as they totaled eight hits and five runs to pull away, 6-0. Rachel Curran '20 and Rinaldi each hit RBI doubles, while Maddie Ikeda '21 and Gorman recorded RBI singles.
  • With a sizable lead, Rinaldi closed out the game and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to seal the victory. The freshman was terrific on the mound, going seven innings without allowing a run or a walk while striking out seven batters and surrendering just four hits.
  • Offensively, Ikeda led the team with a 3-for-3 performance while Kendall Carr '19, Gorman and Williams each recorded two hits. As a team, Wesleyan totaled 14 hits and just three strikeouts.
  • Cassidy Schiff led Trinity's offense, recording three of the team's four hits, as she was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Witmer tallied the other Bantam hit.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan returns to the field this weekend and will host Hamilton in its three-game series beginning Friday, April 20 with a single game set for 5 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m. as the Cardinals will honor their two seniors—McDonald and Wieners—prior to the start of the game.