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Softball sweeps Thomas with a pair of shutouts

Caroline Gattuso '13 set the tone for the day with a seven-inning shutout performance in Game 1, striking out seven. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College softball team scored a pair of shutout wins on Monday against Thomas College, defeating the visiting Terriers 2-0 in Game 1 before winning 9-0 in five innings in Game 2, with stellar pitching performances from sophomore Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) and junior Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.), and an offensive attack led by juniors Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) and Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.).

Gattuso started Game 1 and held the Terriers (18-12) scoreless in seven innings, striking out seven, walking no one and giving up five hits to notch her second shutout, and the first seven-inning shutout of her career.

Bates scored a run in the first for Gattuso: Ullmann drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error, then came home on junior Kelly McManus's (Plymouth, N.H.) sacrifice fly to center field.

Kelsey Crowe (0-3) started for the Terriers and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. She left the game after Ullmann's comeback line drive struck her in the upper right chest. Sophomre Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine), who had reached on a bunt single, moved to third on the play, and then raced home on McManus's ground out, beating the throw from first baseman Kaymala Eells.

Crowe returned to hit in the game -- she was 2-for-3, including a hard double down the left-field line in the second inning -- and played designated hitter for the Terriers in Game 2.

Sara Pavento pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and was charged with no runs.

In Game 2, Bates gave Finn a lead in the first inning, scoring a single run on sophomore AnnaMarie Martino's (Plymouth, Minn.) hard single to center field, which scored McManus, who had walked.

The Bobcats then exploded for eight runs in the second inning, quickly putting the possibility of a mercy rule win in play. Junior Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.) led off with a ground-rule double that got under the fence in right field. Berube moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, then was able to score when first-year Alayna Garbarino's (Reading, Mass.) fly ball was dropped in the outfield. Lewis came up and tripled to score Garbarino, and Ullmann followed with an RBI double to left. Junior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) walked, then chased Lewis home on Maciejewski's looping double down the right field line. Bates went on to load the bases for pinch hitter Libby King (South Portland, Maine), who drew a walk to give Bates a 7-0 lead. Garbarino then lined a single into left off of shortstop Lindsay Fry's glove to score Martino and, for the second time in the inning, Berube.

Finn took care of the rest for Bates, striking out the side for the second straight inning in the top of the third, en route to a five-inning shutout. Finn allowed three hits and no walks while striking out eight Terriers. With her second shutout in her past three appearances, Finn improved her record to 6-5. Her eight K's ties one other performance as her career best.

Pavento (13-6) took the loss for Thomas, allowing nine runs -- only three of them earned -- on nine hits and four walks.

Ullmann was 3-for-3 in Game 2. She and Maciejewski both went a combined 4-for-5 in the two games. Maciejewski drove in two runs, while Ullmann drove in one and stole two bases.

Bates was scheduled to play St. Joseph's tomorrow, but that game has been postponed with no makeup date yet announced. The Bobcats will next play on Thursday at Bowdoin, making up the NESCAC East rivals' second game of a doubleheader scheduled for last Saturday.

Game 1 Box Score: Bates 2, Thomas 0

Game 2 Box Score: Bates 9, Thomas 0