|Lauren Dobish '12 went 5-for-6 on the day with a pair of doubles in Game 2. (File photo)|
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates and Colby softball teams split a doubleheader at Bates on Saturday in NESCAC East Division play, giving the host Bobcats a 2-1 series win. Colby won Game 1 6-4 before Bates bounced back with a 7-3 win in Game 2.
The Bobcats (12-11, 4-7 NESCAC East) will finish divisional play in a single game tomorrow at Bowdoin, starting at 12 p.m.
Colby (9-18, 1-10 NESCAC East) earned its first divisional win of the season in the first game of the day, bouncing back from Bates junior Leah Maciejewski's (Tewksbury, Mass.) three-run home run in the first inning to even the game with three runs in the third on a matching three-run bomb to center field by Barbara Santos, then going ahead with three more runs in the fifth inning off of Bates starting pitcher Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.). Colby put two runners on in the fifth inning on a pair of errors, and Alyssa Lepore singled through the left side to drive home Lyndsay Peterson and Katie Graichen. Santos later scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-3.
Bates cut a run out of Colby's lead in the sixth inning, when Mollie Kervick's single scored Courtney Talcott from first base.
Lauren Becker (6-9) earned the win for Colby, allowing four runs in a complete-game effort. Finn was charged with six runs, three earned, over five innings. Sophomore Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) pitched two shutout innings in relief for Bates.
Gattuso started Game 2 for Bates and saw her personal string of 18.2 scoreless innings come to a close in the first inning, as Peterson hit a one-out double, moved to third on a single by Santos, and scored on a single to left by Bri Wheeler.
The Bobcats matched the Mules with a run in the bottom of the first. Junior Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.), advanced to third on a Colby error and scored on Maciejewski's RBI groundout.
The Bobcats busted the game open with five runs on six hits in the third inning, featuring an RBI double by junior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) down left field line, a two-run single to left by junior Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) and a two-run hit up the middle by first-year Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.), which put Bates ahead 6-1.
Colby cut the lead to 6-3 in the fifth inning, on the strength of a double by Santos followed by a two-run home run by Alyssa Lepore, her third of the season.
The Bobcats put another run on the board in the sixth inning. Ullmann again led off with a walk, and again was bunted to second by McManus. Dobish then doubled to left field, extending her team career doubles record with her 30th, to plate Ullmann.
Gattuso (6-5) wasn't at her sharpest, but effectively scattered 10 hits and a walk for the Mules to allow just three runs and earn the victory. Aimee Polimeno (3-6) started, allowed six runs (five earned) in three innings and was charged with the loss. Kelsey Yardumian gave up one run in three innings of relief.