Softball 2015: Bates College

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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:42 am

Softball earns split with Hamilton

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bates softball team earned a split in Saturday' s doubleheader with Hamilton College, winning the first game 5-3 and dropping the second 11-4 at Spicer Field on the campus of Tufts University.

Seven different players recorded hits in game one for Bates (3-16, 1-6 NESCAC), including a pair of stand up triples from Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.). In game two, the Bobcats out-hit Hamilton (11-14, 4-4 NESCAC) 11-10, but committed four errors and stranded eight runners in the loss.

Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) was on the mound for Bates in game one, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out six to notch her third win of the season. Hamilton was led by Daphne Assimakopoulos, who was 2-2 with a run scored in game two while Monique St. Jarre pitched four innings of relief to get the win for the Continentals.

The Bobcats resume play on April 19 with a 10:00 am contest against Tufts University at Bowdoin College.

Game one recap
Bates 5, Hamilton 3

The Bobcats trailed early in game one, but scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to net the non-conference victory. Bates was led by Lockhart, who was 1-3 with a two-run triple in the second.

Hamilton threatened to score first, as Assimakopoulos doubled to right-center field to start the second, just out of reach of a diving Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.), and took third on a delayed steal. But Freedman responded by striking out the next three batters to keep the Continentals off of the board.

The Bobcats took the early lead in bottom of the third as Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) singled to left to start the inning, and took third on a fielder's choice and an error off the bat of Freedman. Both runners came home on a stand-up triple to right field from Lockhart to give Bates the 2-0 lead.

Hamilton cut the lead in half in the fourth, when Assimakopoulos drew a two-out walk and came around on Phoebe Collins' double to center, making it 2-1. The Continentals took the lead in the fifth with some head's up base running. Julia Carpenter walked, hustled down to first base and took second as the ball was thrown back to the pitcher. Carpenter came around to score when a fly ball off the bat of Kelly Leonard was misplayed, and Leonard eventually scored the go ahead run on a fielder's choice from Olivia Gozdz to make it 3-2, Hamilton.

In the bottom of six, Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) got things started with a single to left, moved to second on the sacrifice bunt from Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) and came home on the second stand up triple of the game, this one a shot down the right field line from Fitzgerald. The Bobcats went ahead on a wild pitch that brought home Fitzgerald and Callahan later scored on a hustling infield slap hit from Marina Barsoum (Newark, N.J.) to give Bates the 5-3 lead to set the final score.

Assimakopoulos was the lone player on either team to record a multi-hit performance in game one, going 2-2 with a run scored, while Gozdz and Collins each had an RBI. Leonard was on the mound for Hamilton, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out six for the day.

Game two
Hamilton 11, Bates 4

Hamilton used a six-run fifth inning en route to a 11-4 victory in the night cap, led by Assimakopoulos, Butler, and Singer, who each recorded two hits for the Continentals. Butler and Singer each notched a pair of RBIs as well, with Butler scoring two runs.

Bates, who was the visiting team in game two, was led by Inlow, who reached base four times, going 2-2 with two RBIs while also drawing a pair of walks. The Bobcats scored the game's first run in the top of the first off of Hamilton starter Zoe Singer, on consecutive hits from Shaikh and Inlow. But Singer helped her own cause for Hamilton when she launched a two-run shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the second, bringing home Butler, who doubled down the left field line with one out.

The Bobcats got one run back in the top of the third again with the combination of Shaikh and Inlow; Shaikh singled to start the inning, stole second, and came home on an Inlow double to right center field that tied the game at two.

The Continentals picked up three earned runs on a pair of Bobcat errors in the bottom of the third to make it 5-2. Bates closed the gap in the top of the fourth scoring two runs on three hits, and highlighted by back to back hits from Maria Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) and an RBI double from Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.), forcing a Hamilton pitching change. Singer returned to first base and first baseman St. Jarre took the mound with one on and nobody out.

A potential big inning by Bates was shut down on a double-play, as Shaikh flied to Hamilton right fielder Assimakopoulos, who then threw a perfect strike to third base to get Garbarino and end the threat.

Hamilton erupted for five runs on five hits in the fifth, highlighted by RBI singles from Butler and Collins to set the final score at 11-4.

St. Jarre notched the win for Hamilton, allowing only two hits in four shut out innings while striking out two. Starter Zoe Singer tossed three innings, giving up four runs, three earned on eight hits. Brennan Callahan took the loss for the Bobcats, throwing 4.1 innings and allowing eight runs, five earned, on five hits. Freedman threw the final 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out two.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:33 am

Lockhart leads softball to sweep of Fisher

LEWISTON, Maine - Karen Lockhart ripped five extra base hits and four RBIs to help lead the Bates softball team to a double-header sweep of Fisher College in non-conference action Monday afternoon. The Bobcats took the first game, 11-3 in six innings, and won the second game, 9-4.

Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) collected a pair of triples and a home run between the two games and is now leading the Bobcats with ten RBIs and three triples on the season. Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) was also a force at the plate, with a combined four hits, including two doubles, for the day. Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) posted the win in game one for Bates (5-17, 1-7, NESCAC), striking out nine, while Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) notched her first win of the season in game two. Fisher (6-25) was led by Mikayla Zimmerman, who collected three hits and three RBIs in the two games.

The Bobcats are right back in action on Tuesday, April 21 when they travel to the University of Maine Farmington for a non-conference double header beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Game one, Bates 11, Fisher 3 (Six innings)

The Bobcats pounded out nine hits, including a pair of four run innings with one of the best offensive performances of the season in game one, receiving multi-hit games from three different players. Lockhart was 2-4 while Inlow and Callahan also recorded two hits. Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) was 1-2 with a pair of RBIs. Bates was also aggressive on the base paths, stealing four bases in the first game.

The Falcons jumped on the board early, as Jayla Vega scored on an error to give Fisher the 1-0 lead in the first inning.

The Bobcats responded in the bottom of the second with four runs off of Falcon pitcher Vega, taking advantage of four walks a wild pitch. Bates added two runs in the bottom of the third on an Ahlholm single to left that scored Inlow and Jenney Abbott (Rangeley, Maine) to make the score 6-1 after three. Fisher added a run in the fifth, but Bates tallied four runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a two-out triple to right center from Lockhart.

In the bottom of the sixth, Abbott walked to start the frame and Inlow tripled to right field to bring home the winning run. ending the game after six innings.

Freedman allowed three runs, only one earned, on five hits while striking out nine on the afternoon.

Game two, Bates 9, Fisher 4

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when Inlow launched her second triple of the day to right center field, driving home Lockhart, who doubled to start the inning. Inlow eventually scored on a wild pitch, giving Bates the 2-0 lead.

The score remained 2-0 with Bates in front until the top of the fifth, when Fisher capitalized on a pair of Bobcat miscues and some timely hitting to score three runs. Jordan Smith, who singled, came around to score the inning's first run on an error, and Mikayla Zimmerman doubled to center to drive home two more runs and give Fisher the 3-2 lead.

The Bobcats regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth, courtesy of a two run single from Ahlholm, to put Bates on top, 4-3. The Bobcats was put the game away in the bottom of the sixth when Lockhart launched a two run no-doubter over the left field fence for her first home run of the year and her fifth extra base hit on the day. Four batters later, Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) laced a two run single to center to make it 9-3 Bates.

Fisher scored one in the top of the seventh, but Callahan was able to get Briggs to foul out for the final out of the game.

Lockhart was 3-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored in game two, while Inlow was 2-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk.

Callahan allowed four runs, only one earned, on eight hits while striking out five. Mound opponent Zimmerman took the loss for Fisher, allowing nine runs, six earned, on nine hits while striking out four. Zimmerman and Selmi each had two hits for the Falcons, and Zimmerman led the way with there RBIs.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:59 am

Softball splits doubleheader with Husson

LEWISTON, Maine - The Bates softball team earned a split against Husson University Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader at Lafayette Street Field. The Bobcats dropped game one, 1-0 but rallied for a 4-0 victory in the nightcap.

Bates (6-18) had several scoring opportunities in game one, but couldn't punch a run through as Kayla Merrill went the distance for Husson (18-10) throwing a two-hit shut out while striking out seven. Merrill and Haley Spiers each had multi-hit games for the Eagles. Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) struck out eight for Bates in the loss.

In game two, the Bobcats were led by Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) who tossed five and a third shutout innings and launched a two-run home run to help her cause. Freedman pitched the final inning and two thirds to net the save, getting out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth. Lindsey Merrill recorded the lone multi-hit game for the Eagles in game two, while Alannah Healy and Deb Colpitts shared the pitching duties.

The Bobcats return to action on April 23 when they travel to the University of New England for a double header beginning at 3:00.

Game one, Husson 1, Bates 0

The Eagles threatened first in this pitcher's duel, loading the bases in the top of the third. Nicole Andrade drew a one out walk and Kayla Merrill doubled to right center field, putting runners on second and third with one out. Freedman struck out Allie Hill before walking Lyndsay Merrill to load the bases, but the senior right hander was able to get Casey Lopes to fly out to second to end the inning.

Both pitchers benefited from solid defense behind them, as Bates shortstop Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) turned an unassisted double play to empty the bases in the first, and Husson's Haley Spiers made a nice diving catch on a fly ball to end the Bobcat second inning.

Both teams had base runners throughout the next few innings, with Husson stranding a total of seven runners for the game while Bates stranded four. The Eagles finally broke through with the game's first run in the top of the fifth. Andrade and Kayla Merrill singled to start the frame, and moved over on a sacrifice bunt from Hill. Lyndsay Merrill then hit a long fly ball down the left field line that Bates outfielder Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) caught in foul territory, and Andrade tagged and scored from third for what would prove to be the game winning run.

Freedman and Callahan had the two hits for the Bobcats, while Kayla Merrill and Spiers both recorded two hits for the Eagles. Freedman allowed only one run on six hits while striking out eight, while Kayla Merrill struck out seven in the complete game shut out to improve to 9-4 on the season.

Game two, Bates 4, Husson 0

The Eagles started the game with a pair of singles by Kayla Merrill and Hill, and both moved up on a wild pitch to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Lyndsey Merrill flied out to shallow field forcing both runners to hold, and Bates starter Callahan was able to induce back to back ground balls to end the threat.

Bates got to Husson starter Alannah Healy for two runs in the second inning, as Callahan walked to start the frame and Jenney Abbott (Rangeley, Maine) followed with a single. Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) doubled to right center field to score the Bobcats first run of the day. Two batters later, Abbott came home on an error to give Bates the 2-0 lead.

Husson again put runners in scoring position in the third. Hill reached on an error and Lyndsey Merrill singled. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt from Casey Lopes, but a safety squeeze attempt from Gabrielle Bryant was fielded by catcher Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) who tagged out Hill at the plate. Callahan induced a ground ball from Husson's leading home run hitter, Sami Schultz to again end the threat.

Callahan added to the Bobcat lead in the third when she launched her first home run of the season over the right field fence, scoring Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) who reached on a single.

The Eagles mounted a final threat in the top of the sixth. After back to back singles from Schultz and Spiers, Chelsea Brennan walked to load the bases with one out. Freedman came in to pitch for Bates and immediately got Kayla Merrill to hit the ground ball and Bates got the force at home. Hill then fouled out to end the frame and keep the combined shut out in tact.

Callahan and Shaikh led Bates on offense, as Shaikh was 2-3 with a run scored and Callahan was 2-2 with two RBIs. Ahlholm picked up the other RBI for the Bobcats.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:09 am

Softball bats heat up in split with UNE

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Maddie Inlow and Kelsey Freedman combined for 10 hits as the Bates softball team split a doubleheader with the University of New England Thursday afternoon at Claude Dubois Field in non-conference action. Bates won the first game, 5-4 and fell in the nightcap, 9-7.

The Bobcats (7-19) have now won four of their past six games.

Bates pounded out ten hits in the first game, led by a 3-4 performance from pitcher Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) who allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out eight to pick up her second win in as many days. One of Freedman's hits included her first home run of the season. UNE (16-18) had multi-hit performances from three players, led by Cat Ouellette, who was 2-4 with two runs scored.

In game two, the Bobcats again punched out ten hits, led by a 3-4 performance from Inlow (Falmouth, Maine), who was 3-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. The Nor'easters pounded out 13 hits in the nightcap, led by Sydney Helmbrecht was was 3-3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Abby Lambert was 2-4 with three RBIs and Sara Pelkey went the distance to pick up her fifth win of the season.

Bates begins a three game series with NESCAC East rival Trinity College, playing a single game on April 24, in Lewiston, Maine at 4:00 p.m.

Game one, Bates 5, UNE 4

Freedman became the second Bates pitcher in as many days to help herself with a home run when she deposited a Katelyn Austin pitch over the left field fence to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

The Nor'easters took the lead back in bottom of the first, as Amanda Vallante singled down the left field line to drive home Ouellette, who singled to start the inning. Kelly Murphy came through with a two out triple to left field to put UNE ahead, 2-1.

The two teams traded zeros over the next four innings, but Bates rallied to tie and take the lead with three runs in the sixth and added a necessary insurance run in the seventh. With one on an one out, Inlow singled through the left side, driving home Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) with the tying run and eventually taking third on a UNE miscue. Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) executed a successful safety squeeze to give the Bobcats a 3-2 lead and Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) then doubled home Callahan to give Bates the 4-2 lead.

UNE closed to within one with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Inlow knocked in Freedman in the bottom of the seventh with her second hit of the game. Inlow was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Ouellette, Vallante, and Murphy each had two hits for UNE.

Game two, UNE 9, Bates 7

The Bobcats trailed by as many as six runs in game two, but rallied for four runs in the seventh and brought the tying run to the plate before UNE pitcher Sara Pelkey induced a ground ball from Jenney Abbott to end the game.

Bates carried the momentum into game two, scoring two runs on three hits off of Pelkey in the top of the first. Freedman tapped her fourth hit of the day on an infield single and Shaikh singled up the middle, moving Freedman to third. After Shaikh swiped her second bag of the day, Inlow once again ripped a shot through the left side of the field to drive in both runs and give Bates the 2-0 lead.

The Nor'easters regained the lead with three runs on three hits in the first and added three more in the second on four straight singles. Both teams scored in the sixth inning, as the Bobcats picked up one unearned run on an error in the top of the sixth and UNE once again netted what would prove to be two vital runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning.

The Bobcat rally in the top of the seventh began with consecutive singles by Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) and Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.). Freedman followed with a single to left and two runs came home on a throwing error. Bates scored two more runs courtesy of the second UNE error of the inning and another single from Inlow.

Four players had multi-hit performances for Bates, led by Inlow's 3-4, three RBI performance. Shaikh, Freedman, and Lockhart were each 2-4, with Freedman and Shaikh also knocking in a run each. Shaikh stole three bases in game two, giving her four on the afternoon and nine for the season.

Callahan was on the mound for Bates, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits, while Pelkey allowed seven runs on ten hits while picking up the win for UNE.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:51 am

Softball wins first game of series against Trinity

LEWISTON, Maine - Kelsey Freedman threw a five-hit shutout and hit a home run for the second day in a row as the Bates College softball team defeated Trinity College 2-0 in NESCAC East action on Friday afternoon. The teams return to action Saturday afternoon with a double header at Lafayette Street Field in Lewiston beginning at noon.

Bates (8-19, 2-7 NESCAC) and Trinity (6-22, 2-8 NESCAC) each left six runners on base in a game that turned out to be a pitcher's duel. Trinity's Hannah King allowed only four hits in the game, and only one hit in the first four innings. That one hit was the home run by Freedman (Falmouth, Maine), who scattered five hits over seven innings while striking out nine and walking only one to pick up her sixth win of the season. King put up similar numbers for the Bantams, striking out nine and walking only one in six innings of work as she fell to 5-10 on the year.

The hot hitting Freedman is now 7-11 in the last three games, with three RBIs and a pair of home runs. Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) had the other two hits for Bates, with Lockhart also knocking in her team leading 11th RBI on the season. The Bantams had five different players record hits, all singles, in the game.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Freedman launched a no doubter over the center field fence to give the Bobcats the one run lead. Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) was hit by a pitch and stole second, but Trinity's King found a groove after that, retiring 11 of the next 12 batters she faced, as one Bobcat reached on an error.

Trinity put the lead off batter in the third and fourth innings. Alex Hnat singled to center to start the third, but was thrown out on at second on a fielder's choice from Michelle Treglia. Freedman notched a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.

In the fourth, the Bantam half of the inning began with an Erica Quinones single up the middle and she moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Paolo Otero. Miranda Riendeau flied out to right field to move Quinones to third, but Freedman again got out of the jam by striking out Katharine Haghdan.

Trinity's final scoring opportunity came in the fifth, with back to back two-out singles from Bianca Brenz and Michelle Treglia. Freedman got Meaghan Race to ground out to third to end the inning, and the Bobcats added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, as Lockhart singled through the left side, scoring Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.), who walked and took second on a sacrifice bunt from Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.).

The three game series wraps up April 25 with the first game beginning at noon and the second scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:08 am

Softball completes series sweep over Trinity

LEWISTON, Maine - The Bates College softball team wrapped up a busy week of games Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of NESCAC East rival Trinity College, winning the first game 2-1, and the second game, 3-1.

Bates (10-19, 4-7 NESCAC) posted a 7-3 record for the week, including the three-game sweep of Trinity (6-24, 2-10), which is the Bobcats first series shutout of a NESCAC opponent since taking three from Colby College in 2012.

Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) also wrapped up quite a week for Bates, coming in to relieve starter Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) in the seventh inning of game one to net the win, and going on to hit her third home run in as many days while throwing game two to win all there games on the mound for Bates in the series. Freedman has won six games this week and is 11-17 with three home runs and five RBIs in the past five games.

In game one, the Bobcats walked it off when Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) scored on a wild pitch, despite being held to only two hits by Trinity starter Hannah King. In game two, Freedman hit her third home run in as many days, this time a two-run opposite field shot, to provide all the offense Bates would need to complete the sweep.

Trinity out-hit Bates 7-2 in game one, led by a 3-3 performance from Miranda Riendeau and a 2-3 game from Bianca Brenz. In game two, Riendeau once again led the Bantams, going 2-3 with an RBI. King came in to relieve starter Lexi Santurri for Trinity in game two, throwing six innings and allowing one run on four hits while striking out five.

Bates returns to action on April 26, playing three games. The Bobcats will play the final game of the three game series with Colby in Waterville beginning at 11:00 am in a contest originally scheduled for April 10. From there, Bates will travel to Maine Farmington for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.


Game one Bates 2, Trinity 1

Shaikh scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bobcats the walk-off win, in a game that once again turned into a pitcher's duel. Bantam pitcher King suffered the hard luck loss, striking out eight and allowing no earned runs in six innings, while hitting a batter.

Bates scored in the bottom of the first inning, courtesy of the speedy Shaikh, whose four stolen bases on the day now give her a NESCAC-leading 17 for the season. Shaikh reached first on a fielder's choice, and immediately took off for second. Shaikh was able to come around to score on a pair of throwing errors from the Trinity catcher and center fielder, giving Bates the 1-0 lead.

Both pitchers put up zeroes for the next five innings. But in the top of the seventh, Riendeau came through with a one out single to right, and scored all the way from first on a Victoria Baez double to left to tie the game at one.

Bobcat head coach McKell Barnes brought in Freedman with the go-ahead run in scoring position, and the righty go Cassia Armstrong to fly out to center, and Bianca Brenz to ground out to the short stop to keep the game tied at one.

In the bottom of the seventh, Shaikh was hit by a pitch to start the frame, stole second, and took both third and home on two wild pitches.

Callahan threw six and a third innings for the Bobcats, allowing seven hits and one run while striking out three, and Freedman pitched two thirds of an inning to get the win.

Game two, Bates 3, Trinity 1

Trinity scored first in game two, picking up the game's first run on an RBI single from Riendeau through the left side to score Meaghan Race, who was hit by a pitch to start the game. In the bottom of the first however, Freedman, whose home runs have all come in the first inning, deposited a Lexi Santurri pitch over the right field fence, scoring Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.), who led off with a triple, to give Bates the 2-1 lead.

Trinity head coach Caitlin Hitchcock made a pitching change after the Freedman home run, bringing King back in to pitch her third game of the series. King ended the series throwing 18 innings while striking out two and allowing only five runs.

Bates scored what would prove to be the final run of the game in the bottom of the third. Shaikh reached base with a one out single, stole second, and came home to score on a Callahn single to center to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.

The Bantams mounted a substantial threat in the top of the six, as Freedman issued back to back one out walks. Riendeau singled to load the bases and with the infield drawn in, Elizabeth McQuaid hit a ground ball to Bobcat shortstop Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine), who threw to home for the force out. Katharine Haghdan grounded out to pitcher to end the inning, leaving the bases full of Bantams.

Freedman had the lone multi-hit performance in game two for Bates, going 2-3 with two RBIs while Callahn was 1-3 with one RBI. Riendeau, who had five hits for the game, was 2-3 with one RBI.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:12 am

Softball falls to Colby, 8-2

WATERVILLE, Maine - Kelsey Freedman hit her fourth home run in as many days, but the Bobcats could not shut down the Colby offense, losing 8-2 in a the final game of the NESCAC East series that was postponed from April 10. The win gives Colby the series win and wraps up NESCAC play for both teams. Bates won the first game of the series 2-1 in extra innings on April 11, but dropped the second game, 6-5.

Bates (10-20, 4-8 NESCAC), who traveled from Waterville to Farmington for a non-conference doubleheader with Maine Farmington following the Colby game, closes NESCAC competition with the best conference record since the 2012 season, when the Bobcats went 5-7.

Colby pitcher Julia Saul pitched five innings and allowed three hits, all for extra bases. Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) had doubles, while Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) add her fourth home run in the past five games. Freedman threw six innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits while striking out six.

Erica Pulford added two hits, two RBI, and scored a run for the Mules, while Meaghan Lewia added two hits and drove in one run for Colby.

With the scored tied 1-1, Colby scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control. Grace Farnkoff opened the inning with a walk and only got to second on two straight outs. Skylar Labbe's first double to left field brought in Farnkoff for a 2-1 margin. Labbe moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Pulford's single to left. After a single by Lewia pushed Pulford to second, Kathleen Mason had a single to right field to score Pulford for a 4-1 lead.

Bates made it 4-2 with a lone run in the top of the fifth inning. Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) walked with one out and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.). Lockhart's double to center field brought in Fitzgerald with the run.

The Mules added insurance runs with four in the bottom of the fifth. Farnkoff got things going again with a one-out single and Katie McLaughlin followed with another single. Robin Spofford came up to sacrifice and was able to reach base to load them up for Labbe. Her second double of the game on a line drive to left brought in all three runs. Lewia later singled to plate Labbe with the final run.

Bates returns to action for the final games of the season on April 28 when the team hosts a doubleheader against Thomas College at Lafayette Street Field beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:13 am

Softball concludes busy weekend with sweep of Me-Farmington

FARMINGTON, Maine - The Bates softball team concluded a six-game weekend with a doubleheader sweep of the University of Maine Farmington Sunday afternoon in non-conference action, winning game one 6-3, and game two,13-3. The Bobcats concluded the weekend with a 5-1 record, with the only loss coming at the hands of NESCAC opponent Colby College on Sunday morning, 8-2.

The Bobcats (12-20, 4-8 NESCAC) pounded out ten hits in game one led by multi-hit performances from Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) and three stolen bases from Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.). Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) threw seven innings, limiting Me-Farmington (4-20) to four hits to net the win in game one.

In game two, Bates knocked out 13 hits including home runs from Lockhart and Callahan and multi-hit games from Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) and Victoria Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.). Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) allowed three runs on five hits while striking out 11 batters to pick win number eight on the season.

Bates concludes the season on April 28 when the team hosts a doubleheader against Thomas College at Lafayette Street Field beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Game one, Bates 6, Me-Farmington 3

Bates jumped on starter Courtney Fowler in the first inning of game one, as Shaikh was hit by a pitch to start the inning, stole her first of three bases in game one, and came around to score on an RBI single from Lockhart to give Bobcat starter Callahan a 1-0 lead.

Me-Farmington took the lead in the bottom of the second courtesy of an RBI triple from Hannah Lust who came home on a fielder's choice from Margaret Fogarty to put the Beavers ahead, 2-1. The Bobcats regained the lead in the top of the third, helped by two Farmington errors and an RBI single from Inlow to give Bates the 3-2 lead.

Bates added two insurance runs in the fourth highlighted by back to back RBI singles from Lockhart and Freedman to give Callahan a 5-3 advantage, which is all she would need to record her second win of the week.

Lockhart was 2-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Inlow was 2-3 with one RBI. Freedman was 1-4 with two runs and Shaikh was 1-2 and crossed the plate three times while driving in a run. Callahan allowed three runs, two earned, while striking out three as she notched her third win of the season.

Natasha DeRoche recorded the lone multi-hit game for the Beavers, going 2-3 with a run scored. Beaver pitcher Fowler went seven innings, allowing six runs, but only one earned, while striking out seven.

Game two, Bates 13, Me-Farmington 3

The Bobcats scored six runs in the first two innings off of Me-Farmington starter Emily Vitone, who gave up seven runs on eight hits in two plus innings of work.

Bates scored three runs on four hits in the first inning, as Shaikh led the game off with a triple to right field and came home on a Lockhart single down the left field line. Jenney Abbott (Rangeley, Maine) drove home two more runs with a single to left field that gave her team the 3-0 lead.

Lockhart drove in two more runs in the top of the third when she smashed her second home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence. Inlow added an RBI single to right that to give Bates the 6-0 lead.

The Beavers put up a three-spot in the bottom of the third on two hits, as Kiana Thompson came up with the key hit, a single to right field that scored two runs. The Bobcats put the game away in the top of the seventh with five runs on four hits. Callahan led off with her second home run of the season, as the Bobcats sent nine batters to the plate.

Lockhart was 2-2 with a run scored and two RBIs, while Maria Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) and Schiller also had two hits. Schiller and Freedman each added two RBIs for the Bobcats. Shaikh added two more stolen bases and scored three runs in the win.

Lust had the lone multi-hit game for the Beavers, and Thompson added two RBIs for Farmington.
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Re: Softball 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:18 am

Softball pitchers shut out Thomas in doubleheader sweep

LEWISTON, Maine - Brenna Callahan threw a two-hit shutout and Kelsey Freedman followed with a one-hit shutout, as the Bates College softball team defeated visiting Thomas College in both games of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Lafayette St. Field. Bates won the first game, 1-0 and erupted for 12 hits to win game two, 13-0 on senior day.

Bates (14-20) completed the season with a 9-2 record over the final eleven games and the most wins in a season since the 2012 squad posted 18 victories. Thomas College (12-21) will conclude the regular season on April 29 with two games at Johnson State.

The win gives senior Bobcat pitcher Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) her most wins in a season (10) leaving Bates as the career leader in strikeouts. Freedman also holds the record for strikeouts in a season and strikeouts in a game (17). Senior pitcher Callahan (Milton, Mass.) finished the season with a career best in wins for a season (4), and fellow senior Kira Shaikh (Manchester, Conn.) added five more stolen bases for the afternoon, giving her 23 on the season, which ranks second in the record books.

Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) provided all the offense her team would need with a home run in game one, while four players had multi-hit games for the Bobcats in game two, led by a 4-4 performance from Shaikh and a career-high four RBIs from Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.).

Game one Bates 1, Thomas 0

Game one was a pitcher's dual as both Callahan and Thomas pitcher Sonja Morse limited opposing hitters to only two hits. Callahan struck out eight and walked three while Morse struck out nine and also walked three. Korien Laren and Jordan Agger-Barnes each had one hit for Thomas, while Lockhart and Shaikh each had one hit for Bates.

Callahan struck out the side in the top of the first for Bates, and Lockhart blasted a home run in the bottom of the frame, her third of the season, to give the Bobcats the only offense they would need.

The Terriers got to Callahan for the first hit of the game in the top of the fourth when Lorien hit a once-out single to center field. Agger-Barnes followed with a single through the left side to put runners on first and second. Taylor M. Johnson hit a fielder's choice to shortstop Maddie Inlow, who threw the lead runner Lorien out at third. Callahan struck out Emily McKenney to end the inning.

Game two Bates 13, Thomas 0 (5 innings)

The Bobcats used a pair of six-run innings and a career day from Schiller to take the night cap. Schiller was 2-3 with four RBIs while teammate Shaikh was a perfect 4-4 with two RBIs and four stolen bases.

Bates once again scored early in the nightcap, as Shaikh started the first frame with a single through the right side. She stole second and took third on a throwing error, eventually scoring on a Freedman single to right.

The Bobcats erupted for six runs on six hits in the third, sending 11 batters to the plate. Shaikh, who recorded two hits in the inning, started the frame with a base hit, stole second, and came around to score on a Lockhart single. Freedman followed with the RBI single to give Bates the 3-0 lead.

The Bobcats scored two runs on a pair of Thomas errors, and Schiller came through with a two-out single up the middle to bring home two more runs giving Bates a 6-0 advantage. Shaikh followed with an RBI single.

Alyssa Eugley broke up Freedman's bid for a no-hitter in the top of the fourth when she ripped a one out single to center field.

Bates added six more runs on four hits in the fourth, highlighted by a Schiller double to left field that scored a pair of runs. Freedman retired consecutive batters in the seventh to end the game.

Lockhart was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Freedman continued her hot hitting with a 2-3 performance and two RBIs. Callahan and Marina Barsoum (Newark, N.J.) also added a hit, and Barsoum added an RBI. Three different pitchers took the mound for the Terriers in the first game. Faith Robinson started the game and threw three innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits to take the loss.
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