|Jean McIntyre '10 has her Senior Day on Sunday against USM.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin lifted its school record wins total to 30 in sweeping a doubleheader against the Bates College softball team on Saturday at Lafayette Street Field, winning 9-3 in Game 1 and staging a comeback to win Game 2 7-5 in 10 innings.
Bates hosts the University of Southern Maine on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., it will be recognized as Senior Day for lone senior Jean McIntyre (Marshfield, Mass.). All the action can be followed online via Live Stats and Audio Webcast.
Bowdoin (30-10, 9-3 NESCAC East) clinched second place in the NESCAC East Division and thus one of four spots in the NESCAC Softball Championship. The Polar Bears will play NESCAC West champion Williams in the first day of the tournament, all of which takes place at Williams, on May 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Bates (4-24, 0-12 NESCAC East) endures another tough-to-swallow loss; the Bobcats led Game 2 5-1 going into the seventh inning, but Bowdoin staged a four-run rally, keyed by a pinch-hit, two-run double by Molly Nestor and an RBI single by Hillary Smyth.
Both teams went scoreless in the first two extra innings, but Bowdoin broke the tie in the top of the 10th. Caroline Dewar was placed on second to start the inning, and Clare Ronan drove her home with a two-run home run. Bates was unable to counter with any runs in the bottom of the inning.
First-year Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.; 2-13) pitched all 10 innings in accepting the loss in Game 2, allowing 11 hits with no walks.
Julia Jacobs (12-5) earned her second win of the day in Game 2, pitching 6.2 shutout innings in relief of starter Tricia Thibodeau. In Game 1, Jacobs earned the win by pitching the final six innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and one walk while striking out eight.
Bates first-year Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) went 4-for-5 with four infield singles in Game 2; sophomore Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) was 3-for-5, and sophomore Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) was 2-for-6. Shavonne Lord and Gen Barlow were both 2-for-5 for Bowdoin.
Three players went 2-for-4 in Game 1 for Bowdoin, including Clare Ronan, who hit her third homer of the season, a leadoff shot in the third.