CLERMONT, Fla. --- The Thomas College softball team went 0-3 on the final day of its Florida trip, falling to Buffalo State, Saint Benedict (Minn.) and Middlebury at the Legends Way Softball Complex.
Buffalo State 8, Thomas 7
Freshman Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H. / Franklin) led off the game with a double to left center and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Courtney Veilleux (Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) but the Terriers were unable to capitalize.
Stephanie Novo gave the Bengals a quick 1-0 lead when she homered to lead off the first inning. Buffalo State added a pair of runs later in the frame on an RBI single by Chrissy Renard and an RBI double by Sarah Gorski.
Thomas starter Sonja Morse (jr., South China, Maine / Cony) ran into some difficulty in the third inning, issuing free passes to four of the first five Buffalo State batters in the frame and allowing the Bengals to push the lead to 4-0. Morse was lifted in favor of freshman Haley Littlefield (Mount Desert Island, Maine / Mount Desert Island), who got out of the bases loaded jam with back-to-back ground-ball outs.
Thomas drew even with four runs in the fourth inning. Littlefield drew a leadoff walk then moved to second on a single through the left side by junior Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass. / Blackstone-Millville). After Buffalo State failed to record an out when senior Lindsy Hoopingarner (Richmond, Maine / Richmond) hit into a fielder's choice to load the bases, sophomore Jordanna Agger (South Portland, Maine / Wells) blasted a grand slam over the left field fence.
The Bengals regained the lead in the fourth as Laura Crooks scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Gorski and added to it with a pair of runs in the fifth.
The Terriers mounted a charge in the sixth inning as the first three batters reached safely. Hoopingarner scored on a Madison Bentz (jr., Ottawa, Ill. / Ottawa Township) sacrifice fly and freshman Michaella Arsenault (Poland, Maine / Poland) scored on a Colpack RBI single to right field.
Down just one run with one out and the bases loaded, Thomas head coach Terry Parlin opted to re-enter Morse into the lineup and she responded with a game-tying RBI single to right field.
Buffalo State had a pair of runners reach against Morse in the sixth but could not gain the advantage. After sitting Thomas down in order in the seventh, the Bengals loaded the bases for Julia Blujus, who drew her second bases-loaded walk of the day to end the contest.
Morse took the loss for Thomas, allowing five earned runs on six hits and nine walks while striking out four in two stints covering four innings. Littlefield allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings.
Colpack and Agger each finished with a pair of hits to lead the Terriers offensively.
Lexi Haley picked up the win for Buffalo State after throwing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Gorski, Chrissy Rennard and Danielle Szymkowiak had two hits apiece, while Novo, Gorski and Blujus all had two RBI.
Saint Benedict (Minn.) 9, Thomas 1 (6 innings)
Korrie Laren hit her first home run of the season in the second inning but Thomas' bats were otherwise held in check by Saint Benedict pitcher Victoria Ofsthun.
Ofsthun threw all six innings and gave up a single run on four hits and she struck out four batters in her collegiate debut.
CSB's Sara Wennerstrand hit a two-run single and Karlee Pfaff added an RBI single in the third inning to make it 3-1 in the third, and Wennerstrand hit into an RBI groundout and Pfaff had an RBI sac fly in the fifth to make it 5-1.
The Blazers ended the game early thanks to a four-run sixth inning. Madison Mikolich led off the inning with a solo homer, and Haley Olson singled and then came around to score on a wild pitch. Megan Toninato had an RBI triple, and Claire Haddick ended the game with an RBI single.
Wennerstrand finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Toninato was 2-for-3. Pfaff also sent in a pair of RBIs. CSB had 10 total hits.
Laren and sophomore Taylor Johnson (Oxford, Maine / Oxford Hills) both finished 2-for-3 for the Terriers.
Middlebury 5, Thomas 2
Thomas closed out the day with a rematch against Middlebury. The Panthers had posted an 8-0, five-inning win on Saturday. On Sunday, however, the Terriers scored first and held a 1-0 lead through 3 1/2 innings.
Courtney Veilleux got Thomas on the board in the first inning. After being hit in the forearm by an Irene Marigotta pitch, she came around to score on a single up the middle by Laren.
The Terriers also threatened in the second, having runners at second and third with just one out but ended up stranding both. Thomas would not have another baserunner until the fifth inning.
The Panthers continued to apply pressure at the plate as well, stranding two runners each in the second and third innings against Thomas starter Faith Robinson (sr., Auburn, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy) before breaking through in the fourth inning.
Sarah Freyre opened the frame with a solo home run to knot the score at 1-1. The Panthers followed with a walk, two singles and a fielder's choice to load the bases for Kat Maehr who drove home Emma Hamilton with an RBI fielder's choice. Two unearned runs followed to put Middlebury up 4-1.
Thomas cut the deficit to two runs in the sixth as freshman Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine / Mount Desert Island) doubled to left field, scoring Taylor Johnson all the way from first base with two outs. The Terriers eventually put runners on the corners but saw the inning end with a strikeout.
Middlebury tallied one final run in the sixth as Maehr scored on a Siobhan O'Sullivan RBI single to center.
Robinson allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in four innings to take the loss. Littlefield pitched the final two innings, allowing just one run on two hits.
Three Middlebury pitchers combined to allow two runs on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Margiotta threw the first four innings, striking out three to get the win. Neve Stearns recorded her second save of the year after striking out three in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Terriers spend one more day in Florida before returning to New England on Tuesday morning. Thomas travels to Endicott on Thursday afternoon for a nonconference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.