|Lauren Dobish '12 lets a pitch go by during Monday's doubleheader against UMaine-Farmington.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates junior Lauren Dobish set the team career doubles record in the first game of Monday's softball doubleheader against UMaine-Farmington, but the visiting Beavers swept the twinbill with an 8-5 victory in Game 1 and a 3-0 win in Game 2.
UMF evened its record at 9-9, while Bates dropped to 5-9.
Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) hit a double to left center field in the third inning, her sixth this season and the 27th of her career, moving her out of a tie for the team record with Stacia Saniuk '09, now a Bates assistant coach. Dobish's double pushed junior Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) to third base, but both players were left stranded, two of the nine that the Bobcats left on base in the first game.
UMF put four runs on the board in the top of the first inning on a two-out grand slam hit to left field by Kaitlyn Bartlett, her second homer this season.
The Beavers then scored single runs in the third and the fourth innings for a 6-0 lead. Shannon Mitchell hit a leadoff double in the third and scored on a fielder's choice hit by Bartlett, her fifth RBI of the game. In the fourth, the Beavers hit three straight two-out singles, including an RBI hit by McKell Barnes.
Bates got back into the game with four runs in the fifth, highlighted by sophomore AnnaMarie Martino's (Plymouth, Minn.) bases-loaded, three-run double. Prior to Martino's hit, Dobish drove home junior Kristen Finn from second base with a single.
|AnnaMarie Martino '13 hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs in the fifth inning of Game 1.|
UMF responded with another run in the sixth and one more in the seventh to keep Bates at bay. The Bobcats scored one in the bottom of the seventh, but on the same play as a double play recorded by the Beavers, and the rally was put out one batter later.
Emma Vaillaincourt earned the win to move to 4-5, despite allowing seven hits and issuing six walks. Finn took the loss, allowing the Beavers nine hits and three walks while striking out seven, to drop to 3-5.
After hitting the grand slam in the first game, Bartlett was the hero for UMF in the second game, too, but from the mound. Bartlett limited Bates to five hits and one walk while striking out three in a complete-game shutout. She outdueled Bates sophomore Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.), who pitched an effective game, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
The Beavers scored a run in the top of the first, as Amy Jones led off with a double and later came home on an errant pickoff throw attempt.
The score stayed at 1-0 in UMF's favor through six innings, when Liz Sargent hit a two-out, two-run home run to left for a 3-0 cushion. Bartlett then stranded two Bates baserunners in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win, improving her record to 4-2. Gattuso dropped to 2-4.
Bates next plays a doubleheader at the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.