CLAREMONT, Fla. -- The Bates College softball team suffered two tough losses on Saturday at the National Training Center Tournament in Claremont, Fla. The Bobcats lost to both the Rams of Suffolk University and the Lions of The College of New Jersey by 13-1 scores, both in five innings. In only their second day playing outside this spring season, the Bobcats showed some growing pains.
In the morning game against Suffolk, the Bobcats took an early lead as rookie outfielder Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) continued her excellent start to the season, leading off the first inning with a triple. Ullmann would also score the lone run of the game for Bates when fellow rookie Vanessa Truglio (New Britain, Conn.) drove Ullmann in on a ground ball to third base. Ullmann went 2-3 in the game. Also recording hits in the game for the Bobcats were senior Leah Citrin (Rye Brook, N.Y.), junior Jean McIntyre (Marshfield, Mass.) and first-years Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Lauren Dobish (Mercersburg, Pa.).
The Bobcats held onto the lead through the second inning, but the Rams broke the game open by scoring seven runs in the third inning, taking advantage of four Bobcat errors. Suffolk would score four more runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game. The Rams recorded eight hits in the game.
Bates rookie pitcher Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) took the loss, pitching 3 1/3 innings. Senior Christina Knobel (Walpole, Mass.) pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief.
In the Bobcats' afternoon loss, Bates sophomore pitcher Sarah Cullen (Dover, Mass.) struggled early, pitching a third of an inning and giving up seven runs. The Lions scored four runs in the third and two more in the fourth to round out their scoring. The Bobcats got on the board in the final inning when Dobish was hit by a pitch. McIntyre moved Dobish into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Dobish later scored Bates' lone run of the game on a ground out to third base. Bates senior first baseman Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) had the lone hit in the game for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats utilized all three of their pitchers in the game, with Finn replacing Cullen in the first inning and pitching two full innings. Knobel relieved Finn to finish the last inning and two-thirds of the game. The Lions recorded 12 hits and six walks in the game.
The Bobcats play their final two games in Florida on Sunday, March 15 against Indiana Tech at 3 p.m. and Morrisville State at 5 p.m.