Saniuk sets Bates home run record in twinbill vs. UMF
|Head coach Gwen Lexow congratulates Stacia Saniuk as she rounds third during the 14th home run trot of her Bates career.|
LEWISTON, Maine — The University of Maine Farmington swept a softball doubleheader at in-state rival Bates College on Monday, taking Game 1 3-2 and winning 7-3 in Game 2. The visiting Beavers kept their perfect record at 6-0 while the host Bobcats fell to 3-12 and had their three-game win streak come to an end.
Bates junior captain Stacia Saniuk (Sharon, Mass.) swatted her second home run of the season and the 14th in her Bates career, allowing her to move out of a tie with Rachel Clayton ’90 for the all-time Bates record.
UMF pitchers Sarah Defilipp (Brewer, Maine) and Liz Bergeron (Milford, Maine) both raised their records to 3-0 with complete-game performances.
Defilipp allowed two runs, one earned, while scattering 9 hits and 4 walks in Game 1, outdueling Bates first-year pitcher Sarah Cullen (Dover, Mass.) in a game that came down to the final play. Sophomore 2B Liz Stahler (Lyndonville, Vt.) scored on an RBI single by Saniuk that closed the gap from 3-1 to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and runners at first and second, sophomore SS Carlen Arima (Bellevue, Wash.) singled to left center. Junior pinch runner Christina Knobel (Walpole, Mass.) rounded third but was cut down at the plate on a throw by UMF center fielder Lauren Overlock (Belfast, Maine) on the game-ending play.
Junior 1B Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) led off the bottom of the first with her second home run in as many days, and the second in her career, to give Bates an early 1-0 lead. Arima went 3-3 and Stahler collected a pair of hits as the Bobcats rapped out nine hits to UMF’s eight.
Cullen limited the Beavers to three runs despite allowing eight hits and six walks, as her record this season dipped to 2-4.
First-year C McKell Barnes hit her first collegiate homer to lead off the second inning for the Beavers. Overlock went 2-2 with two runs and junior LF Erin Porter (Bangor, Maine) went 2-4.
In Game 2, the Beavers scored two runs in the first and third innings and led 4-3 going into the seventh, when they rallied for three insurance runs off of Bates first-year starter Liz Johnston (Westport, Conn.), who fell to 1-2.
Bergeron scattered 10 hits and walked no one while allowing Bates’ three runs, while Johnston was charged with seven runs, only two of them earned.
UMF senior SS Megan Goodrow (Oakland, Maine) went 3-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Game 2, as the Beavers had nine hits. Porter scored three runs in a 1-3 day and Overlock was 2-4 with a pair of runs.
Beckwith continued her hot hitting, going 3-4 with an RBI, and Saniuk went 2-3 with her record-breaking homer. Sophomore C/OF Jean McIntyre (Marshfield, Mass.) went 2-3 with two runs scored.
UMF plays a doubleheader at Bowdoin tomorrow, while Bates will host Thomas College in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.