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Softball plays a pair of high-scoring thrillers at Wesleyan

Dobish

McManus

Ullmann

King

Buckley

Talcott

Berube

Maciejewski

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Recovering from first-inning deficits of 4-0 in the opener and 12-0 in the second game, Wesleyan University rallied for a pair of victories over the visiting Bates College softball team on Sunday, 13-12 in 9 innings and 16-15 in the second game.

In total, Bates racked up 30 hits over the two games while Wesleyan had 36. 

Meaghan Dendy scored the winning run for the Cardinals (10-6) in the first game as she raced home on a wild pitch in the second extra frame for Wesleyan’s third run of the inning. Dendy also pitched 14.1 innings between the two games, starting the first and going eight innings, then relieving in the nightcap by going 6.1 innings for the win. She went 4-for-5 at the plate in the opener with four runs and five RBIs. 

Bates (2-8) had scored twice in both the 8th (to lead 10-8) and the 9th (to lead 12-10), only to have Wesleyan tie the score in the bottom of the 8th, then win it in the 9th.  Each team started with a runner at second base in the 8th and 9th (international tie-breaker).  Sophomore Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.), who led Bates on the afternoon by going 5-for-8 with three runs and eight RBIs over the two games, drove in the ninth run for Bates with a single while sophomore Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) knocked in the 10th run with a single. McManus picked up four hits in the twinbill. 

Wesleyan tied the game in the 8th on RBI singles by sophomores Chrissy Bello and Sam Epstein. After sophomore Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) slammed an RBI triple in the 9th to put the Bobcats ahead once again, and scored on another Dobish hit, Bates led 12-10.  Wesleyan cut it to 12-11 on sophomore Dana Levy’s RBI double. The tying run scored on a Dendy safety with two outs. The Cardinals then loaded the bases and Dendy found the plate when a pitch in the dirt eluded the Bates catcher, allowing Dendy to race in from third base.

Bates used seven hits, five walks and a pair of Wesleyan errors to bat around twice in the 1st inning of the second game for a 12-0 advantage. All the runs were unearned. Key hits in the frame were a two-run single up the middle by sophomore Libby King (South Portland, Maine), a bases-loaded triple to right center by sophomore Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) and a two-run double to right center by Dobish.

Wesleyan chipped away at the lead with four runs in the 3rd, three in the 4th and two in the 5th to draw within three at 12-9. When the Bobcats added three in the top of the 6th for a 15-9 cushion, their first runs off Dendy after she entered the game with two outs in the 1st inning, the margin seemed comfortable. But Wesleyan erupted for five runs in the bottom of the 6th and got the tying run to third base with two outs. A good running catch in left field by sophomore Katherine Buckley (Middlebury, Conn.) on a sinking liner by Dendy preserved the Bates lead for the time being.

After Bates stranded a runner at third base in the top of the 7th, Wesleyan rallied for the win as senior Taylor Zavadsky walked with one out and the bases loaded to send junior Talia Bernstein home with the tying run. Levy then sent a deep liner to left over the head of Buckley as pinch-runner freshman Ashley McLaren scored the winning run. Leading the Cardinals at the plate in the second game was freshman Allee Beatty, who went 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI.  Sophomore Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.) was 3-for-5 for Bates with a pair of runs and two RBIs. 

Bates begins NESCAC East play in its next outing, visiting Trinity for a single game Fri., April 2, followed by a doubleheader there on Saturday.

BOX SCORE: Wesleyan 13, Bates 12 (9 inn.)

BOX SCORE: Wesleyan 16, Bates 15