Local colleges: Freshmen provide lift as CGA softball team beats Trinity
New London — Freshman Jesse Richardson went 3-for-3 while junior Holly Bastinck and freshman Chloe Harmon each had two RBI, leading the Coast Guard Academy softball team past Trinity, 8-4, Tuesday in non-conference action.
The 23rd-ranked Bears improved to 12-7 overall.
Trailing 2-0, Coast Guard responded with three runs in the bottom of first inning. Bastinck had an RBI single and Harmon added a two-run double for a 3-2 lead.
The Bears extended their lead to 5-2 in the second on senior Maddie Buchert's double and an error and never trailed again.
Freshman Kelsey Gray had a double while Richardson and Bastinck had RBI singles for the Bears. Junior Katherine Walker (5-3) earned the win and sophomore Devin Fellman had two singles.
In other softball games:
• Maddie Brett, a sophomore from Waterford, had three hits in Eastern Connecticut State University's doubleheader sweep of Salve Regina University, 9-0 and 3-1.
Junior Arielle Cooper had a double, home run, two singles and two RBI for the fifth-ranked Warriors.
• Brian Rivera hit a three-run home run to highlight a five-run fourth inning, as Avery Point routed winless Roxbury Community College, 18-0, in a game that was called after five inning because of the mercy rule. Rob Rizzitelli earned the win, allowing two hits and striking out nine. Mike Perry and Pat Rogers each had two hits and three RBI while Ryan Brahm had two hits and an RBI and Rivera finished with four RBI for the Pointers (11-7).
• UConn scored eight runs in the fourth inning to break out the game and hand coach Jim Penders his 300th career win with a 11-6 victory over Hartford at J.O. Christian Field.
Billy Ferriter's two-run single highlighted the fourth inning outburst while freshman Jon Testani went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and LJ Mazzilli had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. The Huskies (11-11) have won five straight games. Penders' career record stands at 300-195-3.
• Coast Guard swept the doubles matches en route to a 6-3 win over Johnson & Wales in a non-conference match.
Greg Mitchell and Nick Martin won at No. 1 doubles while Blake Maurer and Josh Fisher won at No. 2 and Matt Faha and Jon Lightner won at No. 3.
Faha and Lightner also posted singles wins for the Bears (5-1). Andrew Bryson won at No. 6 singles.
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