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Bobcat of the Week of March 18, 2013: Caroline Gattuso '13

Bates senior Caroline Gattuso hadn't worn the Bobcat uniform in two years, but she made an immediate impact in her official return to the team last week, playing a key role as Bates won three of its first four games.

Already the owner of Bates highest two strikeout totals for a season (69 as a first-year in 2010, 77 in 2011), Gattuso led an effective Bates pitching staff in earned run average, going 1-1 with a 1.62 ERAin 13.0 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a measly .212 average.

In Friday's 4-3 win over Westfield State, Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) played in the outfield for the Bobcats, and played a starring role at the plate. Her two-out, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning scored senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) and sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) with the tying and winning runs in the game, capping a 2-for-4, three-RBI game for Gattuso. In Bates' season-opening 6-5 win over Lesley University, Gattuso went 2-for-3, including a triple, and drove in two runs. After six games, she leads Bates in RBIs with seven, and sports a .294 batting average and team-high .471 slugging percentage.