Softball sweeps Thomas for 16th win of the season
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Bates College softball team swept a doubleheader at Thomas College on Sunday, moving to 16-9 to match the team’s second-highest win total, matching the 16-16 2006 club, winning 13-4 in Game 1 and 10-1 in Game 2.
The Bobcats got off to a quick start when senior Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) scored on a double by senior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.). Bates scored again in the inning when senior Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) singled up the middle to score Dobish.
Thomas (12-23-1) countered in the bottom half of the inning when Samantha Moore grounded out to second, scoring Alyssa Eugley cutting the lead to one at 2-1.
Bates plated seven runs in the top of the second on seven hits and two errors. Senior Libby King (South Portland, Maine) singled to start the rally, and she later scored on a bases-loaded, two-run single by senior Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.). Dobish followed McManus with a two-run double to center field, scoring McManus and Ullmann, and Maciejewski followed with another single to score Dobish. Junior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) singled for Bates’ sixth hit of the inning, and sophomore Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) drove in two more runs with a single to left, for a 9-1 Bates lead.
The Terriers added a run in the bottom of the third when Eugley tripled and scored on an overthrow. Bates scored two more in the top of the fifth when Ullmann doubled to score Talcott. Ullmann eventually came around to score on an error, pushing the lead to 11-2. Eugley would get two runs back for the Terriers in the bottom of the inning with a homer to left. The Terriers would not score again and Bates added two more runs in the top of the seventh to end game one.
Sara Pavento took the loss for the Terriers, picking up six strikeouts. Bates senior Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) started and went two innings, allowing just one run on one walk and no hits. First-year Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) earned the win by pitching the third and fourth innings and allowing one unearned run to move to 8-2. First-year Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) picked up her second save of the season by tossing the last three innings of Bates’ win.
The Bobcats came out strong once again in Game 2, scoring seven runs in the first inning on hits from Ullmann, McManus, Dobish, King, and junior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine). Pitching was the story for the Bobcats as Finn (7-7) only gave up one run in five innings of work and striking out four.
Ullmann hit two triples in Game 2, to claim sole ownership of Bates’ single-season triples record and extend her own career triples mark. Ullmann began the day tied with Emily Gabler’s single-season record of six triples from 1985, and she now has eight this year. With 17 career triples, Ullmann has more than twice as many as any other Bobcat in team history. She also has now scored 93 runs in her career, 18 more than the second Bobcat on the team list, Laura Lent ’01, and owns the team’s career stolen bases record with 42.
At least three other Bates career offensive records were extended on the day: Ullmann drew her 44th career base on balls, Dobish’s three doubles give her 41 for her career, and McManus extended her career sacrifices record to 24.
Dobish drove in five runs on the day, for a season total of 31, the most by a Bobcat since at least the 1998 season. The team record is 43, set by Rachel Clayton ’90 in 1988.
Bates plays a home doubleheader against Husson University on Wednesday, starting at 3:30pm.