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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:28 am

Softball Win Streak to 6; Novak Tosses No-Hitter vs. Bates

CLERMONT, Fla. --- The Moravian College softball team softball team extended its winning streak to six games with a pair of victories at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida Thursday evening with a 1-0 victory over SUNY Oneonta and an 8-0, five-inning triumph versus Bates (Maine) College behind the first career no-hitter by freshman hurler Josie Novak.

In the opener versus SUNY Oneonta, the Greyhounds scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore left fielder Julie Siragusa reached on catcher's interference to start the inning. Freshman Megan Taylor was hit by a pitch and junior Lindsay Sullivan hit an infield single to load the bases. After a fielder's choice retired Siragusa at the plate, sophomore catcher Niki Maffettone connected on an RBI single up the middle to score Taylor with what would be the winning run. Moravian had six hits in the game.

Freshman Amanda Carisone picked up her third consecutive win on the circle, scattering three hits and walking none to go with seven strikeouts.

Novak allowed just a walk while striking out seven in her first no-hitter against Bates, the 34th no-hitter in school history.

At the plate, the Greyhounds scored eight runs with just two hits but the Hounds used seven walks, three hit batters and a pair of errors in the victory.

The Blue & Grey scored five times in the top of the fourth inning. Junior right fielder Mary Schlosbon led off with a single, and she scored the first run of the game on an error with the bases loaded. Taylor drove in a run when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded while freshman catcher Janae Matos connected on an RBI sacrifice fly. Sophomore third baseman Chrissy Marinaro had an RBI ground out while Schlosbon drove in the final run of the frame with a bases loaded walk.

The Greyhounds tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth inning for the NCAA eight-run rule. Sophomore third baseman Victoria Conner had an RBI on an error that would score two runs while sophomore shortstop Lizzie Deutsch added an RBI single for the final run of the game.

Moravian will complete its trip to the National Training Center on Friday, March 13 with games against Westfield State (Mass.) College at 9:00 a.m. and Haverford College at 1:00 p.m.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:53 am

Bears Settle for Split

CLERMONT, Fla. – Coast Guard split a pair of games at the National Training Center Tournament as the Bears beat Bates 4-3 before losing Fitchburg State 4-2.

In game one, Sara Cammuso's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Cherokee Strickland who walked to lead off the inning.

Cammuso's hit broke a 3-3 tie and Sarah Sorensen finished it off with a perfect frame in the top of the seventh to register the win.

Coast Guard struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first as Cherokee stroked a two-run single to left scoring Morgan Kingston and Erin Lisko who led off the inning with a double and a single respectively.

Bates scored a run each in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th inning.

Jessie Richardson's RBI single scored Kingston, who reached on a double in the bottom of the 5th.

In the opener, the Bears trailed 4-0 going into the seventh before Kingston's two-run double cut the deficit in half, but the rally fell short.

"I was very pleased with the total team effort in the game against Bates, but we got off to a slow start against Fitchburg and just dug too deep of a hole falling behind by four runs," said Coast Guard head coach Donna Koczajowski. "As we head into our conference games we need to carry momentum across both games a doubleheader."

Coast Guard is now 5-3 with a pair of games left on the southern swing. They play Gordon at 9 a.m. and Washington & Jefferson at 11 a.m. on Saturday to close out the trip.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:54 am

Softball bangs out nine hits in loss to Bethany

CLERMONT, Fla. - Victoria Fitzgerald and Kira Shaikh each recorded two hits and Maddie Inlow scored two runs as Bates softball fell 11-5 to Bethany College (West Virginia) in Friday's second game at the National Training Center Tournament.

Bethany (7-5) opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top half of the first inning, but Bates (0-4) tied things up in the bottom of the second. Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) doubled to center field, bringing home Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) who reached on a fielder's choice for Bates' first run of the game. First-year Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) followed with a single up the middle to bring home Inlow and tie the game.

Bates took the lead an inning later when first-year Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass) legged out an infield single and scored two batters later on a Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) single. Inflow reached on a fielding error and Shaikh followed with her second knock to center field and her second RBI of the game. Inlow scored the final run of the inning when a throw down to second base to catch the stealing Shaikh sailed wide.

The Bison responded with five runs on five hits in their half of the fourth, and tacked on three more tallies in the fifth.

Brennan Callahan struck out five and didn't walk anybody in 4.2 innings of work, while teammate Kelsey Freedman came in to pitch the final 2.1 innings for the Bobcats. Schiller, junior Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.), Freedman, and Ahlholm each recorded hits for Bates .

The Bobcats play again Saturday afternoon, beginning with action against Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) at 1:00 p.m., followed by a contest with Bethel (Minn.) at 3:00 p.m.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:59 am

Softball picks up the extra inning win against Washington & Jefferson

CLERMONT, Fla. - Victoria Fitzgerald singled home Karen Lockhart in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday afternoon, giving the Bates softball team their first win of the young season, 3-2, in extra innings over Washington & Jefferson at the National Training Center Tournament.

Senior Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) picked up the win for the Bobcats (1-5, 0-0 NESCAC), scattering two runs on six hits over eight innings while striking out seven and walking five. Bates out-hit Washington & Jefferson (0-2), 7-6 in the victory.

The Presidents got on the board first with a solo home run from Jen Bahm to lead off the second inning. Bates tied things up in the bottom of the second, as first-year Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) and senior Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) started the inning with back to back walks. Consecutive wild pitches moved both runners up, but Ahlholm was thrown out at home on the second passed ball. Junior Anna Berenson (Topsfield, Mass.) tied the game two pitches later with a fielder's choice that brought Callahan home.

The game remained tied until the top of the eighth, when Washington & Jefferson took the 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly to center field. But the Bobcats responded with textbook softball, as first-year Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) sacrificed Berenson, who started the inning on second base, to third, with a bunt. Junior Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) followed with a single to tie the game. After Freedman flied out, Kira Shaikh laced a two-out single to keep the inning alive, and Fitzgerald singled to bring home the winning run.

Freedman and Schiller both recorded multi-hit games for Bates, and Lockhart, Fitzgerald, and Berenson each had an RBI in the win. The Bobcats next face Brandeis for a double-header on March 22, at noon.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:48 am

Softball falls in home opener to Brandeis

LEWISTON, Maine - Sophomore Samantha Wroblewski threw a complete game shutout in game one and Brandeis knocked out 15 hits in game two as the Judges swept Bates College in the home opener Thursday afternoon at Lafayette Street Field.

Game one recap (Brandeis 8, Bates 0 - 5 innings)

Wrobleski struck out ten batters and allowed one hit for Brandeis (8-9, 3-7 UAA) in game one. Bates (1-7, 0-0 NESCAC) broke up any thought Wrobleski had for a no-hitter in the bottom of the third, when first-year Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) beat out an infield single to third base.

Brandeis scored three in the top of the third, when Amanda Genovese notched a two-out triple down the third base line and Leah Shapiro followed with a walk. Genovese scored on a wild-pitch that moved Shapiro to second. Anya Kamber and Madison Sullivan followed with a single and a double, respectively, to give Brandeis the 3-0 lead.

Bobcat starter Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) held the Judges to one run in the fourth, but Brandeis opened things up with four runs in the fifth, highlighted by RBI doubles from Anya Kamber and Allison Hecht. Jordan Buscetto added a two-run single to put Brandeis ahead at 8-0.

Buscetto led Brandeis in game one going 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Kamber and Sullivan also had multi-hit games, each going 2-3 with a pair of RBI's. Senior Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) and first-year Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) both drew free passes for Bates.

Freedman scattered ten hits over five innings, striking out four and allowing only one free pass.

Game two recap (Bradeis 12, Bates 2)

Bates starting pitcher Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) held Brandeis to one run on three hits over the first four innings and the Bobcats carried a 2-1 lead into the top of the fifth, but the Judges scored 11 runs on 12 hits over the final three frames to seal the win.

Emma Schiller got things started early for the Bobcats, leading off the bottom of the first with a double to the gap in left center field. Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) moved Schiller up with a sacrifice bunt, and Freedman brought her home with a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Judges tied the game in the top of second, when Danielle Novotny tripled home Jordan Buscetto who drew a one out walk. Bates regained the lead in the fourth; Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) singled to center and took second on a passed ball. Sophomore Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice, but Ahlholm came around to score when the ball got by the first baseman to give Bates the 2-1 advantage.

Brandeis scored three runs on four hits in the top of the fifth highlighted by a two run single from Nikki Cote. In the top of the sixth, Sullivan and Hecht each notched RBI doubles to give the Judges the 7-2 lead. In the final frame, Brandeis scored five runs on four hits, including a two run single by Anya Kamber and two-run double from Novotny.

Schiller led Bates with two hits and a run scored in game two, with Karen Lockhart, Paige Ahlholm, and Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) each recording one hit. Freedman recorded an RBI for the Bobcats.

Amber led Brandeis with a 4-5 performance and a pair of RBI's in game two, while Novotny was 2-4 with three RBI's. Sullivan, Hecht, and Buscetto also recorded multi-hit games for the Judges.

The Bobcats return to action Friday afternoon when they host Bowdoin College for a 5:30 start at home.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:56 am

Softball Opens NESCAC Slate with Win at Bates

LEWISTON, Maine – The Bowdoin softball team came from behind to mount a five run rally and defeat Bates 5-1 in their NESCAC opener on Friday afternoon.

Bowdoin improves to 12-5 on the season after picking up its first conference win as the Bobcats drop to 1-8 and 0-1 in NESCAC play.

Bates scored the first run in the bottom of the second when senior Kira Shaikh led off with a stand up triple. Tori Fitzgerald put a squeeze bunt down the third base line to bring home Shaikh.

The Polar Bears responded on offense in the top of the fifth on back to back doubles from Marisa O'Toole and Cielle Collins to even the score up at one. O'Toole moved up on a Victoria Rusch ground out to short, and scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run on a wild pitch.

Bowdoin added to the lead in the top of the sixth, as Adriane Krul led off with a solo home run down the left field line to put the Polar Bears up by two. Katie Gately and O'Toole each added RBI singles, scoring Emily Griffin and Lauren Nguyen, who pinch ran for Gately.

Julia Geaumont allowed only two hits while striking out seven and walking none to pick up her sixth win of the season. Offensively, Bowdoin was led by O'Toole who was 2-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.

The two teams are scheduled to return to action on Saturday April 4, for a NESCAC double-header. Game one is set to begin at noon, with game two to follow.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:10 am

Southern Maine Extends Win Streak to Six Sweeping Bates 10-1 (5), 16-3 (5)

LEWISTON, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Huskies combined for 24 hits in two games (12 each) en route to a pair of five-inning wins over the Bates College Bobcats in a non-conference softball doubleheader Monday afternoon at Lafette Street Field. Southern Maine claimed the opener 10-1 and then overcame an early three-run deficit to cruise to a 16-3 win in the second game.
With the sweep, Southern Maine extends its win streak to six games and improves to 13-7 overall. Bates College suffers its sixth consecutive loss to fall to 1-10 overall. The Huskies' six-game winning streak is the longest since the 2004 season when the Huskies were unbeaten in 14 consecutive games (13-0-1).

Husky freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) was outstanding at the plate in both games, driving in 11 runs on a combined 6-for-8 effort with five runs scored. Davis was the Huskies' offensive catalyst in the second game, with a 3-for-4 effort including a pair of home runs to net six RBI. Davis' six RBI is tied for the USM single game record, joining her with four other players who have had six RBI in a game, most recently done by Anita Dixon against St. Lawrence University (March 21, 2008).

Game One:

In the opener, freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) allowed just one earned run on four hits and a walk to claim her sixth win of the season. Millett, who struck out six, was staked a three-run lead before even taking to the circle as the Huskies' scored runs early.

Davis' two-run single in the top of the first highlighted a three-run top of the first for the Huskies, who combined for 12 hits in five innings. Bates made it a 3-1 game in the home half of the inning as senior Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) had an RBI double to left centerfield, but it was the lone run and extra-base hit that Millett would allow the rest of the game.

USM added two more runs in the top of the second, led by an RBI triple from Davis and then added another two runs in the top of the fourth to make it a 7-1 game in favor of the Huskies. Senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) collected her second RBI of the game with a fielder's choice ground out, while sophomore Emily York (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) drove in a run with an RBI single to center field.

Millett remained in control for the Huskies, allowing just three base runners – none of whom advance past second base – through the third inning before retiring the side in order in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of strikeouts and a fly out to left field.

The Huskies' secured the five-inning win in the top of the fifth. After a lead off walk was issued to sophomore Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) was followed by back-to-back singles from freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) and junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy), Davis collected her fourth and fifth RBI of the game with a two-run single. Davis' RBIs made it 9-1 USM, before freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) drove in the final run of the game with an RBI single to right field.

Ahead 10-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth, Millett got three consecutive outs, on two grounders and a strike out to secure the win. Bates' Freedman took the loss allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits and six walks.

Game Two:

After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, Southern Maine scored 16 unanswered runs on 12 hits to earn the sweep. Kelly earned the win in the circle allowing three earned runs on eight hits and a walk. Kelly was strong in her sixth win of the season setting a season and career-high with nine strikeouts.

Bates took the 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first collecting half of its hits in the game off of Kelly. Freshman Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) led off with a single to left field, before Freedman smacked her second RBI double of the afternoon to make it 1-0 in favor of the Bobcats. One batter later, senior Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn./Watkinson School) cranked out a two-run home run to right center field, plating Freeman to make it 3-0 for Bates. Following Shaikh's home run, Kelly settled in and picked up her second and third strikeout to end the inning.

Southern Maine took two runs, both unearned, back in the top of the second as Bates committed a pair of costly errors, and then took the lead 4-3, with two more runs in the top of the third. With one out and one on after a single from Caron, Davis collected her first two RBI of the game with a home run to right centerfield.

The Huskies' continued to roll in the top of the fourth adding three more runs as Davis' bat kept producing runs. This time Davis rocketed a three-run home run to right center to make it 7-3, collecting her third, fourth and fifth RBI of the game.

In control, the Huskies shut the door on the game scoring nine runs on six hits and two Bates' errors for the 16-3 final. Pillar, Caron, Davis each had RBI singles in the inning, while Duross had a two run single. York capped the Huskies' scoring, knocking out USM's third home run of the game, with a three-run shot to left center field.

Kelly sealed the win in the bottom of the fifth battling back from an infield error and a single to retire the next three batters in order. Bates' senior Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) allowed 12 earned runs on 12 hits and six walks in the loss. She struck out five.

Southern Maine is scheduled to host Bowdoin College on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader. Bates hosts Bowdoin on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) in a NESCAC doubleheader.


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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:56 am

Softball Takes Two in Tuesday Series Against Bates

LEWISTON, Maine – The Bowdoin softball team secured a pair of NESCAC wins on Tuesday afternoon against Bates with 4-1 and 5-2 finishes behind complete game performances by Julia Geaumont and Emily Griffin in the circle.

The Bobcats (1-12, 0-7 NESCAC) collected 15 hits to Bowdoin's (14-5, 3-0 NESCAC) 12 in the two games, but lacked the clutch hit, leaving 17 players on base in both games.

Game One Recap - Bowdoin 4, Bates 1

Brenna Callahan threw the complete game for Bates, allowing four hits and four runs in six innings while striking out one. Geaumont picked up the win for Bowdoin, striking out six while scattering seven hits over seven innings and allowing one earned run. Geaumont helped her own cause in the bottom of the first, hitting a two-out home run over the left field fence to give Bowdoin the early 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats threatened in the second, with Kira Shaikh beating out a bunt to the pitcher to start things off. Paige Ahlholm hit a one out single to right, putting runners on first and second with one out. But Geaumont retired the next two batters to end the threat.

Bowdoin added to the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a pair of runs on an RBI double from Adriane Krul that scored Claire McCarthy and Lauren O'Shea. The Bobcats got on the board in the sixth off the bat of Kelsey Freedman, who doubled to left.

Schiller had the only multi-hit game for Bates in game one, going 2-4 with a run scored. Geaumont had the only multi-hit game for Bowdoin, with a 2-3 performance and an RBI.

Game Two Recap - Bowdoin 5, Bates 2

Freedman tossed the complete game for Bates, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out a pair. Griffin threw all seven innings for Bowdoin, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out nine.

The Polar Bears took the early lead in the nightcap when Adriane Krul doubled to center, stole third, and came home when Griffin grounded out to second, giving Bowdoin the 1-0 lead after one.

The Bobcats threatened to even the score in the top of the third, as Maddie Inlow and Jenney Abbott started the frame with back to back singles. Griffin retired the next two batters before ending the inning with a strikeout.

Freedman held Bowdoin scoreless in the second and third, but Marisa O'Toole added to the Polar Bear's lead when she knocked a two run homer to right center field to give Bowdoin the 3-0 advantage after four innings. Bowdoin added a pair of runs in the bottom of five on a pinch-hit RBI double from Alana Luzzio and an RBI single from Geaumont.

Bates mounted a substantial threat in the top of the sixth with Kira Shaikh starting the frame with a single to right field. Paige Ahlholm drew a walk and Inlow laced a single up the middle to score Shaikh. Abbott connected on her second single of the day to load the bases, but Griffin induced two fly outs to leave the bases loaded. Bates added another run in the seventh, but could not complete a comeback.

The Polar Bears will return to action tomorrow as they face the University of Southern Maine in a doubleheader at St. Joseph's College in Standish beginning at 3:30. Additionally, due to unplayable conditions at Pickard Field, this weekend's NESCAC East Division Series against Tufts has been moved to Medford, Mass. The teams will play a single game at 4:00 p.m. Friday and a twinbill on Saturday at noon.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:14 am

Softball splits twinbill with Colby

LEWISTON, Maine – The Bates softball team picked up their second extra-inning win of the season, winning the first end of a double-header 2-1 before dropping the second game 6-5.

Senior Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) threw the eight inning one hitter for Bates (2-13, 1-4 NESCAC), giving up only one unearned run to pick up the win a pitching duel in game one. Her counterpart, Megan Michie allowed one earned run and struck out five in 7.2 innings in game one for Colby. In game two, Colby (6-12, 2-3 NESCAC) benefitted from a pair of timely home runs off the bats of Skylar Labbe and Emily Schatz and survived a seventh inning come-back bid by the Bobcats to get the win.

Bates returns to action on Sunday April 12 when the team travels to No. 1 Tufts University for a NESCAC double-header beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Game one recap - Bates 2, Colby 1 (8 innings)

Senior Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when a Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) shot to center field was mishandled, allowing Shaikh to hustle home from second base. Shaikh had reached on a one-out single and and swiped second base to put herself in scoring position.

Colby got on the board first in game one, as Meaghan Lewia drew a lead off walk. Freedman retired the next two batters before issuing back to back walks to Tori Samson and Grace Farnkoff. Lewia scored the game's first run on a passed ball.

The Bobcats tied the game in the bottom of the third. Jenney Abbott (Rangely, Maine) started the frame with a single and moved up on an error. First-year Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) moved the runners over on a sacrifice bunt, and Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) tied the game a sacrifice bunt of her own.

The game remained knotted at one until Shaikh scored the winning run in the eighth. Shaikh and Jenney Abbott led the Bobcats in game one, each recording two hits in the win.

Tori Sansone recorded the lone hit of the game off of Freedman, a double in the fourth inning.

Game two recap - Colby 6, Bates 5

After being shut down in game one, Colby came through with ten hits in the second game, led by Skylar Labbe, who was 3-4 with 3 RBI's and a run scored. Emily Schatz was 2-4 with two RBI's and two runs scored. Kathleeen Mason added a hit and an RBI for the Mules. Julia Saul threw six and a third innings to pick up the win, and Michie returned to the mound to record the final out and pick up the save for Colby.

Kira Shaikh once again led the Bobcats on offense, with her second home run of the season, going 2-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI's. First-year Emma Schiller was 2-3 with a run scored, while senior Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) threw five and a third innings for the Bobcats, giving up six runs on ten hits while striking out five. Freedman threw the final inning and a third for Bates.

Colby wasted no time getting on the board, as Meaghan Lewia started the game with a single to center and then stole second. Kathleen Mason ripped a single down the left field line to plate Lewia and Schatz followed with a two-run shot to left center to give the Mules a 3-0 lead.

The Bobcats answered in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs. Kelsey Freedman doubled to right field and took second on a Karen Lockhart sacrifice bunt. Shaikh singled through the left side to plate Freedman. After a stolen base, Shaikh scored on a throwing error to bring Bates within one.

Brenna Callahan shut down the Mules over the next four innings, but so did her mound opponent, Julia Saul. Colby loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but Callahan was able to wiggle out of the jam, forcing Robin Spofford to ground out to end the threat.

The Mules came through with their second big inning of the day in the top of the sixth though, highlighted by a three run home run to left center field off the bat of first-year Skylar Labbe.

The Bobcats mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, though, as Schiller led off with a single up the middle. Junior Marina Barsoum (Newark, N.J.) beat out an infield single to third to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Karen Lockhart grounded out to third to bring home Schiller and Barsoum crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Shaiikh's home run to left field put the Bobcats within one, 6-5.

Colby's Megan Michie came in to pitch, retiring Jenney Abbott to pick up the save for Colby.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:45 am

Softball falls in double-header to No. 1 Tufts

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bates softball team tapped No. 1 Tufts University for five runs in game two, but ran into a hot pitcher in game one, ultimately falling in both ends of a double header, 8-0 and and 8-5 on Sunday afternoon in NESCAC action at Spicer Field.

Bates (2-16, 1-7 NESCAC) was led in game two by Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) who was 3-4, while Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) was 3-4 with two RBI's. Jenney Abbott (Rangeley, Maine) picked up two RBI's for the Bobcats, while the undefeated Jumbos (20-3, 3-0 NESCAC) had five players with multi-hit performances in game two.

In game one, the Bobcats ran into one of the hottest pitchers in Division III, as senior right hander Allyson Fournier threw the fourth perfect game and 11th no-hitter of her career. Fournier is now 11-0 in 2015, while senior Brenna Callahan took the loss in game one for Bates.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, April 18 when the team takes on Hamilton in a double-header at Tufts, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Game two Tufts 8, Bates 5

Bates gave up a run in the bottom of the first, but tied things up in the top of the second. Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) singled through the left side to start inning two and moved to second on a Paige Ahlholm infield single. Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) moved both runners over on a fielder's choice to third base and eventually scored when a shot off of the bat of Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) was mishandled.

The Bobcats went ahead in the top of the third with two runs on two hits, highlighted by a two-out double to right center field from Ahlholm to give Bates the 3-1 lead after two and a half. The Jumbos responded with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the third, including a single from Shelby Lipson that scored a pair of runs to tie the game. Sara Willner-Giwerc reached on an error and two more runs came home to give Tufts the 5-3 lead.

The Jumbos added another run in the fourth, but Bates responded with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a two-out single by Jenney Abbott that brought home Kira Shaikh and Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) to bring the Bobcats within one, but Tufts answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and Tufts pitcher Erica County shut Bates down in the top of seven to secure the win.

County (9-0) tossed the complete game, giving up four earned runs on 12 hits in seven innings while striking out six.

Kelsey Freedman was on the mound for Bates in game one, tossing six innings and giving up eight runs, five of them earned, while striking out six. The Bobcats were once again led on offense by Kira Shaikh and Paige Ahlholm who were each 3-4, while Ahlholm had two RBI's and teammate Maddie Inflow also had a multi-hit game for Bates.
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