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Softball falls to Wesleyan in Game 2 of NESCACs









MEDFORD, Mass. -- Leah Citrin and Kelly McManus propelled the Bates offense in a 12-4 loss to Wesleyan University on the first day of the NESCAC Softball Championship on Friday.

Wesleyan first-year 2B Sam Epstein (Hewlett, N.Y.) went 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth that ended the game due to the 8-run rule at Tufts University's Spicer Field.

Wesleyan (16-18) advances to play host Tufts on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Bates (12-15) will face Williams College in an elimination game on Saturday at 10 a.m. Tufts defeated Williams, 9-3, in the first game of the tournament on Friday.

Bates was paced by two hits and an RBI from senior RF Leah Citrin (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and a 1-for-2 game with two runs and an RBI by first-year SS Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.). First-year Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) suffered the loss in the pitcher's circle, allowing four hits, six runs (four earned) and two walks in 2.2 innings.

Joining Epstein as weapons in Wesleyan's 12-hit attack were senior SS Molly O'Connell (Brookline, Mass.) at 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, junior catcher Taylor Zavadsky (Trumbull, Conn.) at 2-for-4 with two RBI and sophomore 1B Talia Bernstein (Miami, Fla.) at 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. First-year CF Chrissy Bello (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) scored three times. Junior pitcher Meaghan Dendy (Swansea, Mass.) earned the victory, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out four with one walk in five innings.

The Bobcats started with a bang, as first-year LF Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) hit a triple to lead off the game. The Bobcats went on to score three times in the inning, with senior Stacia Saniuk (Sharon, Mass.) doubling home a run and scoring on a single by first-year 3B Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.). Wesleyan evened the score at 3-3 when Epstein hit a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the third.

Dendy settled down for the Cardinals, retiring nine of the 11 Bobcats that she faced in the second through fourth innings. Wesleyan, meanwhile, added three more (two unearned) in the third to lead 6-3. Epstein walked with the bases loaded for one run and a Bobcat miscue led to the other two. Bates was still alive after a one-out double in the top of the fifth by McManus was followed by a run-scoring double to left from Citrin that made it a 6-4 game.

The Cardinals put it away when they sent 11 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore DH Anu Rimal (Belle Mead, N.J.), O'Connell and Bernstein all singled home a run and scored a run in the inning, and Zavadsky hit a two-run single. The game ended when Epstein singled through the left side, scoring Bernstein with the run that put Wes up by eight.

Since the Trinity series began on April 24, Citrin is batting 11-for-28 (.393) with eight RBIs. Several of her teammates are even more scorching in that period: Saniuk is 16-for-22 (.727) with nine RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage; junior Jean McIntyre (Marshfield, Mass.) is hitting .458, first-year Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) is at .448 with seven RBIs, and McManus is hitting .417 and slugging at a .750 clip with a home run and six RBIs.

BOX SCORE: Wesleyan 12, Bates 4