LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Caroline Gattuso faced the minimum 15 batters in what is believed to be the first perfect game in Bates softball history, as the Bobcats swept Fisher College 8-0 and 9-0 in a pair of five-inning games on Tuesday.
Bates raised its record to 9-14, while Fisher sank to 2-23.
Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) struck out eight Falcons, and sent four groundouts and three fly balls to an errorless Bates defense in Game 1. The last three batters in Fisher's order were all limited to a single plate appearance. Gattuso now has 187 career strikeouts, one shy of Bates' career record set by Becki Gasior.
The Bobcats had five hits and took advantage of four Fisher errors. The game ended on the eight-run rule in the bottom of the fifth, when ball four to junior Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) sailed past the Fisher catcher, allowing senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) to come home from third base for the game-ending run.
Sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) provided the game's big hit in the third inning, a three-run line drive that whistled over the fence in left-center field, her first career home run.
Senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) bunt-singled her way to going 2-for-3 in both games, raising her batting average to .474. Lewis also stole four bases to bring her Bates-record career total to 52. With her steal of second base in the third, she also set Bates' single-season steals record with No. 20, breaking the former record of 19 set by Krissie Whiting '03 in 2002.
Bates' four-run fifth inning was started by a one-out, hit-by-pitch to sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.), who was 2-for-4 on the day with two runs and an RBI. Freedman followed with a single to center field. Three Fisher errors and two wild pitches allowed Brown, Freedman, Gattuso and Martino to all circle the bases until the game ended with two outs on Martino's run.
Game 2 Recap
Sophomore lefthander Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) pitched a five-inning, complete-game shutout herself in Game 2, also racking up eight strikeouts while limiting Fisher to three hits and three walks.
Callahan helped her own cause with a two-run single in Bates' seven-run fourth inning, which put the eight-run rule into effect as Callahan retired the Falcons in the top of the fifth. Gattuso reached on an error as first-year pinch runner Anna Berenson (Topsfield, Mass.) and Brown scored to give Bates the 8-0 lead. Martino followed with a double to right center to plate Gattuso, staking Callahan to a 9-0 lead going into the top of the fifth.
The Bobcats had seven hits in Game 2 off of Fisher starting pitcher Jayla Vega, the same pitcher who took the ball for all five innings of Game 1. Bates also took advantage of five more Fisher errors in the game.
The Bobcats play a doubleheader at Husson tomorrow, while Fisher plays a doubleheader at Gordon.
NOTES: Lewis also set Bates' single-season record for singles, now with 36. All but two of Lewis's 118 career hits have been singles, including all 36 this season.... Lewis also scored two runs in both games, pulling her into a tie for third on Bates' all-time runs scored list, with former teammate Lauren Dobish '12, with 73.... Martino stole her 40th career base, moving her into a tie for third place on Bates' career list with Whiting.