LEWISTON, Maine -- It must be Bates senior Leah Maciejewski's week.
Just a day after learning she had won a Fulbright Scholarship, Maciejewski capped the Bates College softball team's doubleheader sweep of Maine Maritime Academy with a grand slam home run, which put into effect the 8-run mercy rule as the Bobcats won 9-1 after shutting out MMA in the top of the fifth inning. Bates won Game 1 by an 8-0 score, also after four and a half innings.
The Bobcats passed the .500 mark at 7-6 with the wins, while the visiting Mariners dropped to 7-7.
Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) was a combined 6-for-6 on the day with nine runs batted in and two runs scored. She capped her afternoon by driving a grand slam over the leftfield fence in the fourth inning of the nightcap. It was the final nail in the coffin for Maine Maritime, which trailed 5-1 heading into the frame. It was the second time Maciejewski provided the Bobcats with the necessary difference to end the game early, having driven in the eighth run in the opener.
Senior Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) went 4-for-7 and scored five runs, while junior catcher AnnMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) plated a pair runs on the afternoon.
Rightfielder Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) posted four hits and scored four runs on the afternoon, moving into first place on the team's all-time runs list with 77. The former career record of 75 was held by Laura Lent '01. Ullmann's triple in Game 1 extender her team career triples record to 13.
Mariners' pitcher Erica Taylor (Mesquite, Texas) tried to help her own cause in the nightcap blasting her fourth home run of the season. It turned out to be Maine Maritime’s only offense of the day.
Taylor’s second inning solo shot to left center made it 2-1, but Maciejewski quickly gave first-year pitcher Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) breathing room in the circle, finding a hole in the left side of the infield to score McManus and Ullmann to make it 4-1. Freedman scattered a pair of hits over five innings and struck out three to improve to 4-2 on the year.
Senior pitcher Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) limited the Mariners to three hits over five shutout innings in the opener to improve to 2-4 on the season. She struck out four in taking the decision. Her offense provided early run support, posting five runs on six singles in the first.
Maciejewski plated the first of three runs she sent across in the opener during the frame. With the Bobcats leading 7-0 in the fourth, she doubled into right center to score McManus, who had reached on an error to start off the inning. The Mariners got a leadoff baserunner into scoring position in hopes of staving off the merciful ending; however, Finn retired each of the next three batters to secure the win.
Maciejewski's double in Game 1 moved her past current assistant coach Stacia Saniuk '09 into second place on Bates' all-time doubles list, with 27. Dobish tops the list with 36.
Bates will host Colby in NESCAC East Division play on Friday afternoon at 4pm.