Trinity Falls to Elmhurst

n their fourth double-header of the week the Trolls hosted Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, Illinois) in non-conference games. The weather was not favorable and neither were the results as Trinity lost both games. In the first game the Trolls were shut-out until the seventh inning when they scored once for the 5-1 loss. Trinity had a sizable lead in the second game, but allowed Elmhurst to score double-digits in the fourth inning and the Trolls lost 13-12. The team is now 10-19 for the season.

Elmhurst started the game strong and scored three runs in the top of the first inning. The only other inning the Bluejays were active on the base path was in the fifth inning when they added two more runs to take a 5-0 lead.

The Trolls did not get on the base path until the third inning. They had runners on base in each inning after that, but left the majority of those stranded. In the bottom of the seventh the Trolls loaded the bases on an error, a hit, and a walk. Dara Megyesi hit into a double-play that allowed a runner to score to put the Trolls on the board.

For the game Trinity had five hits from five different players. The Bluejays had eight hits. Emili Bell was on the mound for the first four innings for the loss.

The second game had much more action on the bases as the teams combined for 30 hits and 25 runs. Elmhurst started well again with three runs in the first inning, but the Trolls answered with five in the bottom half to take the lead. With another two runs in the bottom of the third Trinity had a 7-3 advantage.

As the rain started coming down in the fourth inning, the runs started coming in for the Bluejays. In that inning they had seven hits, including five doubles, and scored 10 runs to take over the lead. The scoring did not stop there as Trinity made a strong comeback in the bottom half and scored five runs to pull to within one run at 13-12. In that inning Jessica Boyd had a two run RBI single.

The scoring, and the weather, settled down throughout the rest of the game. Elmhurst threatened in each of the final three innings, but did not get another run. The Trolls’ best opportunity to score came in the sixth inning when they had three different runners on base.  However, the team could not get the run necessary to keep the game alive and ended in the one run loss.

The Trolls had 14 hits and three errors and Elmhurst had 16 hits and five errors. Boyd was 3-for 4 with two RBI and Jamie Budreau was 3-for-5. Jessica Wasik, Makayla Otto, and Melinda Russell each had two hits. Audrey Ricker recorded the game's only home run. Megyesi recorded the loss.

Trinity’s next contest is on April 17 in a conference double-header at Indiana University-South Bend at 3 pm EST.