CLERMONT, Fla. --- The Thomas College softball team opened its season Monday with a pair of losses at The Spring Games at the Legends Way Ballfields at the National Training Center.
The Terriers (0-2) fell to Oswego State, 3-1, in the season opener before falling to perennial NCAA Division III power St. Thomas (Minn.), 16-2, in five innings in the late game.
Oswego State 3, Thomas 1
Thomas struck first against Oswego State as junior Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass. / Blackstone-Millville) reached on a single off Alexis Nasca to open the second inning. She moved to second base on a passed ball, then took third on a sacrifice by freshman Cassie Contigiani (Belmont, N.H. / Belmont) before scoring on a ground out by senior Lindsy Hoopingarner (Richmond, Maine / Richmond).
The Lakers tallied a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to grab the lead. Nasca led off the inning with a single and moved around courtesy of a walk and a deep fly ball to right field before scoring on an RBI single by Melanie Klauser. Back-to-back walks issued by Thomas starter Sonja Morse (jr., South China, Maine / Cony) brought the second Oswego run home.
The Terriers nearly tied the game in the fifth inning as Contigiani and Hoopingarner both reached on infield errors to start the frame. After a Madison Bentz (jr., Ottawa, Ill. / Ottawa Township) sacrifice put runners at second and third with one out, Contigiani was cut down at home on a Molly Carroll (fr., Southwest Harbor, Maine / Mount Desert Island) grounder to third base. Freshman Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine / Noble) struck out to end the inning, stranding Hoopingarner and Bentz on the corners.
Oswego extended the lead to 3-1 with a run in the fifth as Tori Trovato scored on a Jacquie Porreca sacrifice fly.
Thomas had baserunners in both the sixth and seventh innings, but could not push another run across.
Nasca went the distance for the Lakers, allowing just one run on four hits with six strikeouts and no free passes. She also had two hits. Trovato, Klauser and Clare Hewitt had one base hit each.
Morse took the loss in the circle for the Terriers, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five.
Offensively, Laren had two of Thomas' four hits with Hoopingarner and freshman Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H. / Franklin) collecting the other two.
St. Thomas (Minn.) 16, Thomas 2 (5 innings)
The Terriers held a 2-1 lead early on before the Tommies exploded for 15 runs in the third inning on 13 hits and two errors en route to the five-inning victory.
UST plated the game's first run in the top of the first inning as leadoff hitter Meg DuPuis reached on a single up the middle and scored on an RBI groundout by Brenna Walek.
Thomas bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. Colpack reached on a blistering single off the glove of Tommies third baseman Micaela Trainor, then moved to third courtesy of a wild pitch and a groundout before scoring on a Laren RBI single through the right side of the infield.
Laren grabbed second on another wild pitch by UST starter KatieJo Delisle and scored from second on an RBI single by Hoopingarner.
After both teams went down in order in the second inning, the Tommies' bats came alive in the third. St. Thomas sent 19 batters to the plate, tallying 15 runs on 13 hits. UST's effort was also aided by a pair of Terrier errors.
Both teams dug deep into the bench with the final two-and-a-half innings resulting in just one hit -- a double by UST reserve outfielder Kristin McGonigal in the fifth inning.
Delisle picked up the complete-game win, allowing just two runs on three hits in five innings. She retired the final 13 Thomas batters down in succession.
Seven different Tommies recorded an extra-base hit, led by DuPuis who finished 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored. Jenna Bromen and Chase Shortly also had multiple hits for UST.
Senior Faith Robinson (Auburn, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy) took the loss for Thomas after being charged with nine earned runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Freshman Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt. / Mount Mansfield Union) finished out the third inning while fellow freshman Haley Littlefield (Mount Desert Island, Maine / Mount Desert Island) and junior Taylor Jordan (Kingfield, Maine / Mount Abram Regional) threw an inning each.
Thomas continues its spring trip Tuesday with games in Clermont against Worcester State (1 p.m.) and D'Youville (3 p.m.)