LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College softball team rode a strong pitching performance by Brenna Callahan to win Game 1 of its doubleheader against Colby on Saturday, 4-1. The visiting Mules struck back with a 7-3 win in Game 2 behind a gem from sophomore pitcher Megan Michie and rookie Emily Schatz's second homer of the day.
With wind chills under 20 degrees under sunny skies, Bates (5-9, 1-5 NESCAC East) earned its first NESCAC East Division win in its home opener, but Colby (7-6, 2-1 NESCAC East) took two out of three games in the rivals' series.
Game 1 Recap
Bates got on the board in the second inning with a two-out rally, as first-years Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Anna Berenson (Topsfield, Mass.) both reached on errors and Callahan (Milton, Mass.) walked to load the bases. Senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) then singled home Berenson for the 1-0 lead.
Schatz hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth, but Bates went back ahead in the bottom of the frame, as senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) reached on an error and scored on a double by Freedman.
Bates put up two insurance runs in the sixth, rallying with two outs and no one on base. Callahan singled and Lewis moved her to second with a bunt single, before Martino doubled to score Callahan. Lewis then came home on senior Caroline Gattuso's (North Reading, Mass.0 fielder's choice to make it 4-1.
Callahan (2-2) outdueled Amy Polimeno (1-3) for the win, limiting Colby to one run on six hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Polimeno had eight strikeouts in her complete-game effort.
Game 2 Recap
Michie (4-1) won her second game of the series in the nightcap, racking up 12 strikeouts against no walks while holding Bates to four hits.
She received immediate run support in the first inning, when Carylanne Wolfington reached on a Bates error and later came home on Brianne Wheeler's RBI single.
Bates tied the game up with a run in the bottom of the first: Lewis hit a leadoff single, moved to third on a two-base error, and scored on Gattuso's sacrifice fly to left.
Colby assumed a 4-1 lead in the second after Tori Sansone's leadoff single, followed by a Meaghan Lewia walk, a two-run double by Wolfington, and another RBI double by Schatz to chase Wolfington home.
Schatz put an exclamation point on her big day with a second round-tripper, a two-run shot to left-center that scored Wolfington. Schatz was 3-for-3 in the game to lead Colby's 11-hit attack.
Gattuso got two runs back for Bates with her first career home run in the sixth, a deep fly to left that scored Lewis, who had bunted on safely. But Michie finished the inning with two straight strikeouts. Gattuso drove in three runs on the day, and leads the Bobcats with 16 RBIs.
Colby hosts a doubleheader against UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday at 4pm; Bates returns to action next Saturday, April 13, with a doubleheader against Wesleyan at 12pm.