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Softball bows out of NESCAC Championships with loss to Ephs







MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates College softball team bowed out of the NESCAC Championships with a 14-6, six-inning loss to Williams on Saturday at Tufts University.

The Bobcats finish the year 12-16 overall, having earned the team's first entry into the NESCAC playoffs in the tournament's nine-year history and having won the CBB title with a sparkling 5-1 combined head-to-head record against rivals Bowdoin and Colby.

Bates jumped out ahead with three runs in the top of the first inning, when Bates loaded the bases with no outs as first-year Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) reached on an error, first-year Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) bunted on, and senior Stacia Saniuk (Sharon, Mass.) walked. Senior Leah Citrin (Rye Brook, N.Y.) came up and deliverd a two-run single to left center, and first-year Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) followed with a one-run single up the middle.

Williams got back one run in the bottom of the second, but Bates responded with two more runs in the third to go ahead 5-1. Saniuk led off by reaching on an error, then came home as Maciejewski reached on another error. Senior Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) sacrificed to score Maciejewski.

Williams cut it to 5-2 in the bottom of the third. The conference's leading hitter, Joey Lye, led off with a single but was caught by shortstop McManus in trying to stretch the hit into a double. Caitlyn Cain followed with a double, though, and Becky Sansone singled her home.

Williams broke out with eight runs in the fifth on six hits and five Bates errors. The Ephs added four more runs in the sixth, as Libby Copeland-Halperin led off with a homer and Sansone ended it with a two-out, one-run single to left field.

The top of the order continued to hit well for Bates, with Saniuk going 2-for-3, Maciejewski going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Citrin going 1-for-3 with three RBIs. First-year pitcher Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) was saddled with the loss, ending the season at 7-9 having notched the second-most pitching appearances in one season in program history, with 20, after Kristin Masino '07's record of 24 recorded in 2006.

Saniuk ends her career as one of the Bates softball team's all-time greats, the owner of a whopping seven Bates career offensive records: most hits (127), most home runs (20), most doubles (26), most extra-base hits (48), most total bases (219), most runs batted in (88) and most bases on balls (40). The game also marks the end of three other fine collegiate softball careers: Beckwith, Citrin and pitcher Christina Knobel (Walpole, Mass.).

BOX SCORE: Williams 14, Bates 6