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Softball team's lead over Jumbos slips in 8-3 setback





LEWISTON, Maine -- Tufts University slugged three home runs, including two by Casey Sullivan, en route to an 8-3 defeat of the Bates College softball team on Sunday, completing a three-game series sweep of the NESCAC East Division rival.

Bates (2-16, 0-6 NESCAC East) got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the first inning. Sophomore Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) reached on a fielder's choice after sophomore Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) drew a leadoff walk. Sophomore Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) roped a double to right center to score McManus, and Dobish moved on to third on a one-base error in the Tufts outfield. Sophomore Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Dobish for a 2-0 lead.

Bates starter Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) threw scoreless first and second innings, but the Jumbos (14-7, 5-1 NESCAC East) reached her for five runs on five hits in the third, including an RBI double by first-year Emily Beinecke (Concord, Mass.), a sacrifice fly by Sullivan, an RBI single up the middle by sophomore Lena Cantone (Southington, Conn.), and finally a two-run home run to left field by senior Stephanie Tong (Burlingame, Calif.), Tong's second homer in two days.

The Bobcats loaded the bases with just one out in the fourth, drawing two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Tufts first-year Rebecca DiBiase (Wellesley, Mass.) came on in relief of first-year starter Aly Moskowitz (Westfield, N.J.). DiBiase surrendered an RBI fielder's choice by Bates sophomore Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.), which scored sophomore Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.) but didn't result in a second out. But from there DiBiase got the final two outs with no further harm done. DiBiase went on to throw three more scoreless innings to seal the win, improving her record to 6-2.

The Jumbos increased the lead to 6-3 on Sullivan's solo homer down the left field line in the fifth. Sullivan struck again in the seventh, hitting a two-run shot to right center, her sixth of the season.

Ullmann had two of Bates' six hits in the game and one RBI as well. Dobish had a run and an RBI, and Maciejewski also had an RBI. Gattuso struck out four batters in four innings of work, before giving way to sophomore Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.), who pitched the final three innings.

Bates is off for final exams this week, and will next host Saint Joseph's College of Maine in a non-league home doubleheader on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Tufts 8, Bates 3