CLERMONT, Fla. -- Junior Alayna Garbarino's double drove home sophomore Molly Brown with the winning run in the 10th inning as the Bates softball team opened the 2013 season with a 6-5 win over Lesley University Thursday morning at the National Training Center Tournament.
The Bobcats played again Thursday afternoon, this time coming up on the short end of a one-run game, in a 4-3 loss to Salve Regina.
Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) drove in two runs and scored another in the win over Lesley, while sophomore pitcher Brenna Callahan provided heroics from the circle. Callahan (Milton, Mass.) threw six scoreless innings in relief of fellow sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) to earn the win. Callahan gave up only two hits in the performance. Freedman went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
Senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) went 3-for-5 in the game with two runs scored and two stolen bases to pace Bates' offense. Senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, while senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) had a big game at the plate in her first game for the Bobcats since 2011, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) scored two runs in her softball debut.
Lesley starter Jordan Thomas lasted five innings, allowing five runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Jennifer Dorval took over and went the last five, allowing only Brown's game-winning run in addition to five hits, with four strikeouts. Jodee Doka (2-for-4, triple, two runs, two RBIs) and Sarah Apgar (2-for-4, RBI) led the Lynx offensively.
In the loss to Salve Regina, Seahawks pitcher Jen Cruver's complete game paved the way to victory. Cruver allowed Bates three runs on seven hits and struck out seven batters to outduel Gattuso, who allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
Lewis had another multiple hit game against Salve, going 2-for-3 in addition to a walk, scoring one run and stealing two bases. Freedman was 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate. First-years Alex Eliopoulos (Akron, Ohio) and Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) pitched in as well: Eliopoulos went 2-for-3 and scored a run, while Lockhart hit a triple and drove in two runs.
Bates faces Westfield State (1pm) and Becker (3pm) on Friday in Clermont.
Read the Bates softball season preview story.