CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Bates softball team finished its season-opening trip to Florida with a 3-3 record, after dropping both of its games on Saturday: a 9-3 loss to Bethany (W.V.) College, followed by a 6-2 defeat to UMass-Boston.
Bethany (3-2) scored one run in the first, took a 3-1 lead in the fourth, and scored four more in the fifth for a commanding 7-1 lead. Bates closed the gap to 7-2 in the bottom of the fifth when senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) stole home plate. The Bison added another run to their lead in the seventh, and Bates mustered just one run in the bottom of the inning before the final out.
Senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) went 2-for-2 at the plate in the game with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base, while Lewis was 1-for-4 with a run and two steals. Senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) pitched four innings in teh game and allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Gattuso pitched three innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
Kiersten Conwell threw a complete game victory for the Bison. Deanna Mihalco hit a bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning, while Emily Jump went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double.
Against UMass-Boston (2-0), Bates fell behind 2-0 after one but tied it up with runs in the second and third. Lewis led off the third with a bunt single, followed by a stolen base and the eventual run on Gattuso's RBI groundout. But the Beacons broke out with three runs in the bottom of the third to chase sophomore starter Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.). Freedman took over after Erika Vecchiet's RBI triple, and allowed Vecchiet to score on a wild pitch before ending the inning.
The Bobcats are next scheduled to play a doubleheader at Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, March 23 at 1pm (Video).