Softball finishes at .500 with split doubleheader at Husson
|Monica Berube '12 hit a double and a triple in Bates' 7-2 win in Game 1 at Husson. (File photo)|
BANGOR, Maine -- The Bates College softball team finished with its best record since 2006, at 13-13, with Tuesday's doubleheader split at Husson University. The Bobcats won the first game 7-2 before dropping Game 2 by a 2-1 score at Husson's O'Keefe Field.
The Eagles (25-16) await their seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
Bates jumped out to an early two-run lead in the top of the first inning off an error and a double to left center by junior Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.).
The Bobcats added three runs in the top of the third inning with a two-run single by junior Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) and a double to left field by sophomore AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.).
Berube tripled to right field in the top of the seventh inning to give the Bobcats another run, and Martino hit an RBI single up the middle. Husson tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh with RBI singles by Courtney Hill and Aimee Mortensen, but the Eagles could not overcome the run deficit and the game ended with a 7-2 score.
Maciejewski powered the Bobcats, hitting 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Bates junior Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) earned the win for 6.1 innings of work, allowing one run, seven hits, and two walks to finish with a 7-6 record on the year. Husson's Kody Lyon shouldered the loss for her 2.2 innings of work that saw five hits and five runs by the Bobcats.
The Eagles reached the scoreboard first in the second inning of Game 2, when Lona Sargent scored off a Bates error. The Bobcats immediately responded in the top of the third inning with an RBI bunt single by junior Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.). An Aimee Mortensen RBI single to right gave Husson the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third inning. Husson and Bates exchanged two more scoreless innings until the game was called due to darkness after the bottom of the fifth inning.
Bates sophomore Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) took the hard-luck loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with two strikeouts. Gattuso finished the season 6-7 with a 3.02 earned run average and extended her team single-season strikeouts record to 77.
Junior Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) batted 2-for-3 in the second game. Ullmann finishes the season with a .390 batting average and team highs of 21 runs scored, 30 hits, 15 walks, a .495 on-base percentage, a .519 slugging percentage and 14 stolen bases. Martino led the team in batting average at .424, while Maciejewski drove in a team-high 19 runs.
Bates finished 16-16 in the 2006 season, the last time the Bobcats posted a record at the .500 mark. With no seniors on the team this season, the entire roster is expected back for a big 2012 season.