|Caroline Gattuso '13 held Bowdoin to three runs.|
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin turned the first triple play in school history and scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Bates softball team, 3-2, in a NESCAC East Division contest on Friday evening at Pickard Field.
The Polar Bears improve to a program-best record of 28-10 (7-3 NESCAC) and can clinch a berth in the postseason tournament with one win tomorrow in their doubleheader against the Bobcats (4-22, 0-10) in Lewiston. The games begin at 12 p.m. and can be followed via live Audio Webcast.
Clare Ronan rapped a base hit up the middle to score two runs with one out in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Polar Bears to their 11th win in their last 12 games.
Bates took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of single runs in the first and third frames. Sophomore Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) collected an RBI fielder's choice and then doubled to start the third. After advancing to third, sophomore pinch-runner Kiely Webster (Bethesda, Md.) came around to score on a double-steal to give the visitors to a two-run advantage. Bowdoin chipped away at the lead with a single run in the bottom of the third, when Jamie Paul came home on an RBI single from Shavonne Lord to make it 2-1.
Bates made a bid to extend their lead in the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs. But a low liner to center by sophomore Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) was stabbed by Bowdoin's Hillary Smyth, who popped up and doubled senior Jean McIntyre (Marshfield, Mass.) off second. Bowdoin's Amy Hackett then wheeled and threw a bullet to Molly Nestor at third, catching first-year Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) off the bag for the first recorded triple play in Bowdoin softball history.
Bowdoin capitalized on the effort in the bottom of the seventh, as Smyth led off with a single and Kara Nilan moved her to third with a base hit. Pinch-runner Gen Barlow stole second, giving the Polar Bears runners at second and third with no outs. After Bates first-year pitcher Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) induced a pop-out from Caroline Dewar, Shavonne Lord reached base on a roller to short that froze the runners and was dropped by a Bobcat.
With two strikes on Ronan, the senior catcher ripped a ball up the middle that deflected off Gattuso's glove and trickled up the middle of the diamond. Smyth and Barlow came around to score easily, giving Bowdoin the win.
Julia Jacobs got the win for Bowdoin, the 40th of her career, by tossing seven innings and allowing one earned run and seven hits. Gattuso permitted three earned runs and nine hits in 6.1 innings for the Bobcats. Nilan, Dewar and Smyth had two hits apiece for Bowdoin while McIntyre and Lewis had two hits each for the Bobcats.