WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates softball team completed a three-game NESCAC East Division sweep of Colby College in a doubleheader on Saturday, edging the host Mules 5-4 in Game 1 before going out with a 12-1 thumping in Game 2.
Bates senior co-captain Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) continued her magical week with a home run in Game 1 and a 3-for-3 outing in Game 2. Maciejewski batted 5-for-6 on the day, raising her batting average this season to .500. At the beginning of the week Maciejewski learned she had won a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, and on Wednesday she went 6-for-6 with a grand slam and nine RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Maine Maritime Academy.
Bates scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning in Game 1 to assume a 4-1 lead, but Colby came back to tie the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Courtney Talcott (Milbury, Mass.) singled to lead off the seventh, and moved to third base when senior Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) reached on an error. Senior co-captain Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) then delivered a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Talcott with the eventual game-winning run.
First-year Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) then came on for first-year starting pitcher Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the Bobcats' first save this season. Freedman moved to 5-2 with the win, pitching six innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits.
The second game was close for the first four innings, with Bates holding a 2-1 edge going into the fifth. The Bobcats had five runs in the fifth inning and added five more in the sixth. The game ended after six innings because of the eight-run rule.
Sophomore Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) went 3-for-3, drove in three runs, and had one run scored for the Bobcats. Maciejewski also went 3-for-3 and drove in two, while junior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) had three hits, two runs, and two RBIs. Dobish had two hits, two runs, and two RBIs.
Senior Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Maine) pitched five innings to earn her second win in as many days, raising her record to 4-4. Callahan pitched another scoreless inning of relief.