CLERMONT, Fla. --- The Thomas College softball team split a pair of games Thursday at The Spring Games at the Legends Way complex, edging Hood, 1-0, in eight innings before falling to Grinnell, 6-2.
Thomas 1, Hood 0 (8 innings)
Junior Madison Bentz (Ottawa, Ill. / Ottawa Township) scored on a Courtney Veilleux (jr., Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) fielder's choice in the eighth inning for the game's lone run.
Veilleux accounted for two of Thomas' four hits and reached base four times in the game. In addition to her eighth-inning fielder's choice, she also reached on singles in the third and sixth innings and an error in the first inning.
Thomas' best opportunity prior to the eighth inning came in the sixth. After Veilleux led off the inning with a single, she advanced to second on a Sonja Morse (jr., South China, Maine / Cony) groundout and to third on a ball hit to short by freshman Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt. / Mount Mansfield Union).
Morse picked up the win in the circle, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out four en route to the complete-game shutout.
Sophia Leaman was the hard luck loser for Hood, allowing one run on four hits while walking none and striking out three in eight innings.
Grinnell 6, Thomas 2
With a win already in hand for the day, Thomas head coach Terry Parlin saw an opportunity to evaluate his bench against Grinnell.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Lydia Stariha scored on an RBI double down the left field line by Sage Juveland. Stariha opened the game with an infield single and stole second to move into scoring position. A sacrifice bunt moved Juveland over to third, but she was stranded there.
The Terriers grabbed the lead in the bottom half of the first. Sophomore Randi Dennett (Winthrop, Maine / Winthrop) reached on a bunt single back to the pitcher and was sacrificed to second by senior Faith Robinson (Auburn, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy) before scoring when sophomore Jordanna Agger (South Portland, Maine / Wells) reached on a throwing error. Agger also moved up to second on the play. She provided Thomas' second run, scoring on a Michaella Arsenault (fr., Poland, Maine / Poland) RBI single to center field.
Robinson, who started the game in the circle, was able to move well through the bottom half of Grinnell's lineup. She grabbed two quick outs in the second inning before the lineup turned over to bring up Stariha and Juveland. Stariha knocked an RBI single down the right field to score Megan Gibson and scored on a Juveland RBI single to right to put the Pioneers up 3-2.
Thomas threatened to tie the game in the second as the first two Terrier batters found their way into scoring position, but three outs in quick succession doused that fire.
Grinnell added three runs in fifth inning on an RBI single by Maggie Remus and RBI groundouts by Emily Jordan and Ashley Wehrenberg.
Robinson took the loss, surrendering all six Grinnell runs while allowing nine hits and four walks. Freshmen Haley Littlefield (Mount Desert Island, Maine / Mount Desert Island) and Brittany Ward (Searsport, Maine / Searsport) added one inning each of scoreless relief.
Arsenault accounted for two of Thomas' six hits and the team's lone RBI.
Remus scored the complete-game win in the circle for the Pioneers, limiting the Terriers to two runs on six hits while striking out four.
Juveland finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and was just a home run short of a cycle. Remus helped her own cause with a pair of hits, while Stariha finished with two hits, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.
The Terriers (3-5) are idle on Friday, returning to the Legends Way diamonds in Clermont on Saturday for games against Middlebury (9 a.m.) and the University of Chicago (1 p.m.).