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Tufts comes back to edge softball, 9-7







MEDFORD, Mass. -- Tufts overcame a four-run deficit with two four-run innings to eventually triumph over the Bates softball team, 9-7, in the NESCAC East Division opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Spicer Field.

The two squads exchanged runs in the first inning, as the first four Bobcats reached base. They could only score a single run on a fielder's choice by junior 1B Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.). For the Jumbos, Lizzy Iuppa led off with a single and then came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jo Clair.

Bates pushed across a pair of runs in the second inning to take a 3-1 advantage. Sophomore 3B Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) reached on a one-out bunt single and then scored all the way from first base on junior RF Karen Ullmann's (Ramsey, N.J.) double. The next batter, junior LF Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.), singled home Ullmann. The Bobcats doubled their advantage to 5-1 in the third by scoring two runs on two bases-loaded walks.

Tufts tied the game with a four-run third inning. Lena Cantone singled with one out, while Emily Beinecke walked and Clair reached on an infield single. Sara Hedtler brought across the first two runs with a double. An error later in the inning by Bates helped the Jumbos tie the score, 5-5.

Bates left two runners on base in the fourth inning, while Tufts left them loaded, to keep the score even at 5-5 entering the fifth inning. Lauren Giglio, who entered the game to pitch with one out in the third, was strong in the middle innings for the Jumbos. She limited Bates to just one run on two hits from the time she entered through the sixth.

Giglio helped the Jumbos take their first lead of the day in the fifth inning, as they put another four on the scoreboard. The bases were packed before an out was recorded as Mira Lieman-Sifry walked and both Katherine Darveau and Giglio were hit by pitches. Iuppa then reached on a bunt single that scored Lieman-Sifry from third base and was followed by a sacrifice fly from Cantone. Later, with two outs, Chrissie Massrey added a pair of insurance runs with a two-run single.

Tufts held a 9-5 lead into the seventh inning, when Bates made a late rally. Sophomore AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) led off with a single, advanced on a passed ball, then scored on a single by junior Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.). Lewis reached on an error and Ullmann singled to load the bases for Talcott, who drew an RBI walk to close the gap to 9-7.

Giglio was then replaced by Rebecca DiBiase, who struck out back-to-back batters and then forced a groundout to end the game and give the Jumbos the 9-7 victory.

Sophomore Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) suffered the loss for Bates to fall to 2-1 on the year. She threw the final three innings for the Bobcats, giving up four runs and six hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Finn, the starting pitcher, went three innings and allowed five runs, two earned. At the plate she was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Seven Jumbos reached base multiple times as the team amassed 10 hits for the day. Iuppa, Cantone and Clair each had a pair of hits, while Massrey and Hedtler each drove in two runs.

Bates out-hit Tufts with 11, but left 13 runners on base. Ullmann was 3 for 4 from the top spot in the lineup with a double and a walk. Martino also had a three-hit day, and Talcott drove in three runs.

The Jumbos begin the conference season at 1-0 and are now 9-8 overall. Bates falls to 4-3 (0-1). The series concludes tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. at Spicer Field.

BOX SCORE: Tufts 9, Bates 7