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Softball continues Florida trip vs. Keene St., UMass-Boston







CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Bates College softball team competed at the National Training Center for the second straight day on Friday, and was defeated 10-0 by Keene State in their morning game, then fell 7-5 in eight innings to UMass-Boston in the day's second game.

The Bobcats played two scoreless innings to start off the game against the Owls including a double play in the second inning by first-year shortstop Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) that stopped an Owl rally. Bates got their first runners aboard in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore first baseman Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.) earned a walk to lead off the inning. Fellow sophomore Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) bunted Berube to second base to move her into scoring position. Berube advanced to third on a wild pitch by Keene State pitcher Emily Albin, but the Bobcats left Berube stranded to end the second inning.

Keene State got their bats going in the third inning, starting off the inning with four straight hits. Left fielder Kayla Joyce led off with a single and advanced to second on an infield single by right fielder Jess Fiorenza. Third baseman Haley Chandler loaded the bases with a single of her own, and the Owls got on the board with a bases-clearing triple by shortstop Katie Bradford. Bobcats sophomore pitcher Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) got the next two Owls to line out to Lewis at shortstop. However, Steph Lavardo kept the Owls going with a single to left field to score Chandler. Finn would give up one more single before getting the second baseman Haley Botti to ground out to third base.

The Bobcats tried to battle back in the bottom of the third inning. Lewis and senior Jean McIntyre (Marshfield, Mass.) led off with infield singles, but Lewis was thrown out at third on the play as she tried to go from first to third on McIntrye's hit as the third baseman raced back to cover her base. Sophomore Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) hit a single to left field to keep the Bobcats alive. Sophomore third baseman Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) hit a rocket on a line to the shortstop, who caught it and doubled up McIntyre on third to end the inning.

The Bobcat defense and Finn would hold strong through the fourth and fifth innings. Finn faced four batters in both the fourth and fifth two hits and recording two strikeouts combined. The offense put some pressure on in the bottom of the fourth with back to back singles by Berube and Dobish, but were unable to score.

Keene State took advantage of some Bobcat mishaps in the sixth inning, breaking out for six more runs. In the bottom of the sixth, Bates got its first three batters on base, starting with sophomore Kiely Webster (Bethesda, Md.), who pinch hit for Berube. Webster earned a walk to lead off the inning. Sophomore Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) then stepped in to pinch hit for Dobish and beat out an infield single. First-year Mollie Kervick (Windsor Locks, Conn.), who pinch hit for first-year AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.), loaded the bases on an error by Owls pitcher Albin. With the bases loaded and no outs, Albin managed to get out of the inning unscathed and earned the six-inning victory.

Bates pitcher Finn got the six inning loss on 13 hits, four walks and three strikeouts.

The Bobcats took on the Beacons of UMass Boston in the afternoon game, making a dramatic comeback to force extra innings in a difficult 7-5 loss in eight innings.

The Beacons came out swinging in the top of the first inning, with Amanda Cianculli leading off with a single to right field. Christina Polsonetti hit a ball just through the gap between third base and shortstop to put runners on first and second with no outs. Sue Killilea put the ball in play and was safe at first on an error by Bates second baseman Lauren Dobish. Ciancilli scored on the play to put the Beacons up 1-0. First-year pitcher Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) got the next batter to fly out to McIntyre in center field for the first out of the inning. Third baseman Marisa McKinnan kept the Beacons going with a single to left field to load the bases. Shortstop Taryn Asta and second baseman Kasey O'Connell hit back to back RBI singles to left field. Left fielder Jaci Goodwin hit an RBI ground ball to Lewis at shortstop, who got the force out at third for the second out of the inning. Gattuso would give up another single before getting out of the inning.

In a 4-0 hole, the Bobcats responded with a couple baserunners of their own in the bottom of the first. Lewis led off the inning with a single through the gap between shortstop and third base. McManus hit a ground ball to the Beacons shortstop, who got Lewis out at second for the first out of the inning. Sophomore catcher Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) walked to push McManus into scoring position at second base, but the Beacons pitcher Kara Willis would get the next two Bates batters to end the inning without any damage done.

The Bobcats defense rallied behind the strong comeback effort of Gattuso for the next six innings. Gattuso gave up seven hits and registered two strikeouts and no earned runs through the seventh inning. The offense began to chip away at the four-run deficit in the second inning. Left fielder Talcott walked as the second batter, and got to second on sophomore right fielder Vanessa Truglio's (New Britain, Conn.) ground ball to third. The Bobcats got on the board when McIntyre beat out a bunt to the pitcher that got away from the first baseman, allowing Talcott to score from second base. The Bobcats picked up only the one run in the inning, closing the gap 4-1.

In the third inning, Maciejewski led off the inning with a single to center field. Sophomore Katherine Buckley (Middlebury, Conn.) came in to pinch run for Maciejewski, and Berube joined Buckley on the bases with a walk. Buckley and Berube advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Buckley scored on a wild pitch a couple pitches later, with Berube moving up to third base. With two outs, Talcott beat out an infield single, scoring Berube to make it a 4-3 game. The Beacons got the third out when Killilea threw out Talcott trying to steal second.

The Bobcat offense was quiet through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but came alive again with their backs against the wall in the bottow of the seventh inning. With one out, Lewis was safe on an infield single to the third baseman. Lewis advanced to second base on McManus's bunt to the the first baseman. Maciejewski was up facing the final out of the game, and she came through with the game-tying RBI single to center field, scoring Lewis. The Beacons got the third out and stepped up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning. Using the international tie breaker rule, the Beacons started with Ciancilli on second base. Gattuso got Polsonetti to fly out to right for the first out of the inning. Killilea came up and ripped a triple to right field to score Ciancilli. Designated player Maria Nasta scored Killilea on an RBI single to put the Beacons up by two. The Beacons added one more run on an RBI single to right field by Asta.

The Bobcats had some work to do in the bottom of the eighth inning. Berube started at second base due to the international tie breaker rule. Willis got Dobish to ground out to second base, holding Berube at second base. However, Berube advanced 60 feet closer on a wild pitch by Willis with Martino coming up to bat. Martino scored Berube to cut the lead to two on a single to left field. Martino advanced to second on an infield single to the shortstop by Ullmann. Martino stole third to place runners on the corners with two outs, but the Bobcats were unable to push another run across falling 7-5 in eight innings.

Bates plays two last games in Florida on Saturday, taking on Eastern Connecticut State at 9:30 a.m., followed by Middlebury at 1:30 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Keene State 10, Bates 0

BOX SCORE: UMass-Boston 7, Bates 5