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McManus homers for softball in doubleheader vs. Tufts

Bates first-year shortstop Mary Lewis makes the tag at second base during Saturday's doubleheader against Tufts.
Bates senior captain Jean McIntyre spears a liner in center field.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Tufts University put on a dominating show in a doubleheader Saturday against the Bates College softball team, opening the teams' three-game series with a 9-0 win in Game 1 and a 10-2 win in five innings in Game 2. Tufts (13-7, 4-1 NESCAC East) finishes the three-game NESCAC East Division series tomorrow at Bates (2-15, 0-5 NESCAC East) with a single game starting at 11:30 a.m.

Tufts pitcher Izzie Santone was an out away from a no-hitter in Game 1, before Bates sophomores Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) and Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) pieced together consecutive singles. Until that point, Bates' lone baserunner in the game reached on an error in the sixth inning. Santone (3-4) extinguished the rally and ended the game with her eighth strikeout of the day. In earning the shutout, Santone allowed just two hits and no walks.

Tufts posted a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run home run by Lena Cantone, her first of the year, then added two more in the third, including an RBI single by Cantone. Casey Sullivan later hit a solo home run in the sixth and added a two-run shot in the seventh, her third and fourth homers of the year, to finish the game 3-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs.

Bates first-year pitcher Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) took the loss, going all seven innings and allowing seven earned runs while striking out five.

In Game 2, Bates sophomore Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) hit the team's first home run of the season in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 2-2. McManus's drive to left scored sophomore Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.), who had led off the inning with a single. But the Jumbos went back ahead with a run in the third, as Mira Lieman-Sifry reached on a fielder's choice and later came home on a two-base error.

The score remained 3-2 until the Jumbos ended the game under the eight-run rule by posting seven runs in the top of the fifth inning and holding the Bobcats scoreless in the bottom of the fifth. The inning was highlighted for Tufts by Stephanie Tong's two-run home run, one of eight hits for the Jumbos in the inning and the second of the season for Tong.

Rebecca DiBiase earned the five-inning, complete-game victory to lift her record to 5-2. Bates sophomore starter Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) accepted the loss.

Tufts accumulated 11 hits off of Bates pitching in Game 2, including two hits apiece by Sullivan, Cantone and Kim Miner.

Berube had two hits in Game 2 for the Bobcats, who are off for the next week to take final exams before they next host Saint Joseph's College of Maine in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 18, beginning at 2 p.m.

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score