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No-hitter propels No. 9 Tufts past softball in home twinbill

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Lauren Giglio (Niskayuna, N.Y.) threw a no-hitter in Game 1 and first-year Allyson Fournier (South Windsor, Conn.) and junior Rebecca DiBiase (Wellesley, Mass.) combined for a shutout in Game 2 as No. 9 nationally ranked Tufts University swept a doubleheader at Bates College on Friday.

The Jumbos (26-4, 11-0 NESCAC East) clinched the top seed from the NESCAC East Division in the NESCAC Softball Championship tournament with their win in Game 1, while Bates (14-8, 4-4 NESCAC East) saw its team-record nine-game winning streak come to an end. The teams will complete their three-game series with a game tomorrow at 11:30am at Bates' Lafayette Street Field.

Giglio (4-1) was a walk and two hit batsmen from a perfect game. She hit Bates senior Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) with a pitch to lead off the first inning, but Ullmann was stranded at first base. Giglio hit junior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) to lead off the second inning, then struck out three batters in a row to strand Martino at first. After setting the Bobcats down in order in the third, Giglio walked Bates senior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) to lead off the fourth, but Bates' third baserunner was quickly eliminated on a double play, and the righthander was perfect the rest of the way. Giglio collected 11 strikeouts, seven of them on called third strikes.

Nevertheless, Bates hung right with Tufts for the entire game, behind solid pitching from senior Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) and some stellar defense. Bates turned three double plays in the first four innings, including a 5-2-3 DP turned by junior third baseman Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine), catcher Martino and senior first baseman Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) that ended Tufts' bases-loaded, one-out threat in the first inning. Finn scattered nine hits and four walks, allowing just two runs in the game.

Tufts got on the board in the third as sophomore Sara Hedtler (Wrentham, Mass.) struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, then moved to third on a double by junior Emily Beinecke (Concord, Mass.). Hedtler then scored on a fielder's choice ground ball hit by sophomore Jo Clair (Glastonbury, Conn.) for the 1-0 lead.

The Jumbos staged a two-out rally in the fifth to score their other run. Senior Lena Cantone (Southington, Conn.) singled, moved to third on a single by Beinecke and scored on a wild pitch.

Bates had the middle of its batting order come up to try and thwart Giglio's no-hit bid in the bottom of the seventh, but Giglio induced groundouts by Dobish and Maciejewski before striking out Martino to end the game.

Defense was Bates' strong suit in Game 1, but in Game 2 the Jumbos were able to take advantage of Bates errors to score a run in the first and two more in the second inning against Finn, who started again for the Bobcats. Hedtler reached on an error to lead off the game, stole second, and moved to third on a single by Cantone, but she was caught stealing home on a strong throw by Bates sophomore second baseman Alayana Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) after Cantone was caught in a rundown attempting to take second. Tufts regrouped to load the bases with a single by Beinecke and a walk by Clair. Bates got a second out before sophomore Kayla Holland (Attleboro, Mass.) drew a bases-loaded walk for Tufts' first run.

Senior Mira Lieman-Sifry (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) reached base on a misplayed pop fly into shallow left field, and she got to second as Hedtler singled on sacrifice bunt attempt. Cantone grounded out to move up the runners, and Beinecke singled up the middle to score Hedtler and Lieman-Sifry.

First-year Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) came on to pitch the third inning and went the rest of the way, holding the Jumbos scoreless over the last four innings after allowing two runs in the third. Callahan hit sophomore Chrissie Massrey (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) with a pitch, and first-year Michelle Cooprider (Hopkinton, Mass.) laid down a bunt for a single to put two runners on. Hedtler followed with a two-out single to load the bases, and Cantone ripped a single up the middle to score Massrey and Cooprider for a 5-0 Tufts lead.

Flamethrowing first-year pitcher Fournier allowed Ullmann a leadoff single in the first, Bates' first hit of the day, but she was nearly untouchable the rest of her four innings, as she raised her record to 13-0, allowing two hits and one walk. DiBiase pitched the last three innings, holding Bates scoreless while allowing two hits and two walks.

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score