LEWISTON, Maine -- Trinity College completed a sweep of its three-game NESCAC East Division series against the Bates College softball team on Saturday, winning Game 1 9-1 in five innings, then riding Olivia Berry's leadoff home run in the top of the eighth for a 7-4 win in Game 2.
Trinity (15-17, 7-5 NESCAC East) won its sixth straight in conference play, while the Bobcats finish their season with a 9-17 record, including a 1-11 mark in conference play. The Bantams wrap up their season with a doubleheader at Worcester State on Tuesday.
First-year pitcher Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) had complete-game victories in both contests, as she did in Friday's 3-0 Trinity win. She limited Bates to one run on three hits over five innings in Game 1, then went into extra innings in Game 2, scattering 10 Bates hits with no walks while allowing four runs (three earned) to raise her record to 13-9.
The Bantams struck for four runs in each of the first two innings of the day for an 8-1 lead, then made it an eight-run margin in the top of the fifth, as Elizabeth McQuaid led off with a single, strole second base and scored on Kerry McCarthy's single. King's 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth ended the game.
The Bantams led off the scoring when Caroline Blanchard and McQuaid singled and Abby Ostrom reached on an error, scoring Blanchard. Christina Galese then cleared the bases with her second home run of the season.
Bates got a run back in the bottom of the inning, as sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) hit a two-out double, and scored on first-year Karen Lockhart's (East Greenwich, R.I.) RBI double.
But Trinity made it 8-1 in the second, again putting its first two batters on base before the third one reached on a Bates error. Ostrom's two run single scored Amelia Mostovoy and Blanchard to make it 6-1, and both Erica Correa and Galese followed with RBI singles of their own.
Bates senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) took the mound in Game 2, her final contest in a Bates uniform, along with senior shortstop Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) and catcher AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.). Bates matched Trinity in the game inning for inning, catching up to make it 1-1 in the bottom of the third, 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth and 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Bobcats were never able to take the lead.
Gattuso gave up 15 hits, the last being Berry's home run to lead off the eighth. Gattuso gave up a walk before getting the first out of the inning and handing the ball off to Freedman with the score 5-4 in Trinity's favor. McQuaid greeted Freedman with a single to put runners at the corners, and Ostrom doubled both runners home, her fourth hit of the game.
Gattuso singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, but King retired the next three batters to end the game.
In Trinity's two-run fourth, Blanchard doubled and both McQuaid and Ostrom had RBI singles. Ostrom and McCarthy both singled for Trinity's initial run in the third, and Berry's double scored Miranda Riendeau-Card (single) for the Bantams' run in the fifth.
Bates evened the game in the third as first-year Anna Berenson (Topsfield, Mass.) led off with a double and scored when sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) reached on an error. In the fourth, Martino and Gattuos led off with consecutive singles, and junior Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Berenson then singled to score Martino, and Lewis hit a two-out single to drive in Gattuso.
Gattuso drove in Lockhart (one-out single) in the fifth, her team-high 19th RBI of the season to tie the game up at 4-4.
Gattuso's three strikeouts in Game 2 gave her 190 for her career, passing Becky Gasior '99 (188) as the program's all-time strikeouts leader.