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Softball splits doubleheader with Southern Maine

Courtney Talcott '12 went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Game 2, and made a key catch in left field as well.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College softball team received a strong pitching performance from first-year Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) and a four-run second inning to defeat the University of Southern Maine 5-3 in Game 2 of the teams' non-conference doubleheader on Sunday. The visiting Huskies won Game 1 by a 5-2 score.

Bates snapped a nine-game skid with its win in Game 2.

USM got on the board in the first as Cerise Humphrey led off with a walk, then scored after a sacrifice bunt attempt by sophomore Lauren DiCecco (South Berwick, Maine) was fielded but misplayed, allowing DiCecco to advance to third and Humphrey to score.

In the second inning, Bates first-year Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) hit a one-out single to left, then stole second base. She moved on to third when sophomore Libby King (South Portland, Maine) singled down the left-field line. Vanessa Truglio (New Britain, Conn.), pinch running for King, stole second with first-year Mollie Kervick (Windsor Locks, Conn.) at the plate. Kervick then drove a double into the gap in left center to score Lewis and Truglio. Sophomore Kiely Webster (Bethesda, Md.), pinch-running for Kervick, reached third on sophomore Karen Ullmann's (Ramsey, N.J.) single through the left side, then she scored on a wild pitch. Ullmann stole second and advanced to third on the wild pitch on the play, allowing her to score when sophomore Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) hit a bunt single to make it 4-1 Bates.

Bates got another run in the fourth, when King hit a bases-loaded, RBI groundout to score sophomore Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.), who had singled.

The Huskies inched closer with a pair of runs in the fourth when DiCecco followed two USM singles with a two-run double to right field. Then in the fifth, Gattuso worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam, striking out sophomore Hannah Mackintosh (Wilton, N.H.) and inducing a groundout by first-year Blake Linehan (South Boston, Mass.). Gattuso bore down for a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, including Talcott's back-against-the-fence catch of a fly ball by DiCecco. Gattuso then left one Husky baserunner stranded in the seventh to earn the win. She allowed three runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out six to pick up her third win of the season.

In Game 1, Southern Maine jumped out to a 5-0 lead after five innings, then spotted Bates solo runs in the sixth and seventh in claiming the win, despite Bates outhitting USM 11-6 in the contest.

USM scored a run in the first as first-year Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass.) doubled to score Humphrey, who had led off with a walk.

The Huskies added three runs to their lead in the third, as junior Sarah Deroche (Portland, Maine) followed a run-scoring double by junior Heather Gilman (Fairfield, Maine) with a two-run home run to center field.

Bates sophomore starter Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) settled down for a 1-2-3 fourth inning, then allowed one additional run via DiCecco's solo homer to center, her fourth round-tripper of the year. Gattuso came on to pitch shutout innings in the sixth and seventh, but the Bobcats could only manage solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings off of USM starter Deroche. Deroche (6-11) was charged with two runs, one earned, on 11 hits and three walks while striking out three.

USM finishes the regular season 12-28; Little East Conference Tournament play begins Thursday. Bates (5-25) wraps up the season with a home doubleheader against Fisher College on Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m.

Game 1 Box Score: USM 5, Bates 2

Game 2 Box Score: Bates 5, USM 3