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Softball finishes Florida tournament at 4-2

Lauren Dobish '12 led Bates with three hits on the day, including an RBI double against Western Connecticut State. (File photo)

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Bates softball team dropped both of its games on Saturday in the National Training Center, finishing its three-day, six-game Florida trip at 4-2. Bates lost to Western Connecticut State 11-1 on Saturday morning, then fell 5-3 to Elmhurst College.

Western Connecticut pounced for five runs in the first inning, beginning with Danielle Basciano's leadoff home run. Sophomore Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) came on for Bates junior starter Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) to stem the rally, getting the last two outs.

Western Connecticut starter Magen Dargon limited Bates to one unearned run on two hits and two walks. Junior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) had an RBI double for Bates, while sophomore Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) had Bates' other hit.

Basciano was 2-3 in the game with three RBIs. Anna Levesque, Alison Russo and Melissa Fracker all had two hits apiece as well.

Finn started the Elmhurst game as well, and was reached for five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and five walks over six innings.

Bates scored all three of its runs in the second inning. Sophomore AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) led off with an infield single and later scored on a passed ball. Junior Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) singled home junior Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.), who reached on a fielder's choice. Lewis's sacrifice bunt to third scored Finn, who had reached on an error.

Dobish and Martino had two hits apiece out of Bates' eight-hit collection.

Western Connecticut opened its season with the win over the Bobcats. Elmhurst rose to 2-1 with its win.

Bates began the day 4-0 after defeating Transylvania University 10-3 and beating Knox College 12-0 Friday evening at the National Training Center Tournament. Prior to this season, Bates' best start after four games since 1997 was a 3-1 start in 1997. On Thursday, the Bobcats opened the season with a 9-1 win over Macalester College, followed by a 5-2 win over Berry College.

Next up for Bates is a scheduled home doubleheader against Wesleyan on Saturday, March 26, starting at 12 p.m. Bates' home games can be followed via Live Stats and Video Webcast.

BOX SCORE: Western Connecticut St. 11, Bates 1

BOX SCORE: Elmhurst 5, Bates 3