Softball splits doubleheader with University of Maine-Farmington

Senior Maddie Inlow went 4-7 at the plate on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in a doubleheader split with Maine-Farmington. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates softball team split a pair of games on Lafayette Street Field with the Maine-Farmington Beavers on Wednesday, falling 5-4 in game one before bouncing back to win game two 8-5.

The Bobcats (8-10) were the "road" team for both games due to the twin bill getting relocated to Bates from UMF.

Game One: Maine-Farmington 5, Bates 4

The Beavers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good, defeating the Bobcats 5-4 in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Alyssa Dillan walked to begin the frame. Elizabeth Walker followed with a single and a Bobcat throwing error allowed Dillan to score on the play. Walker advanced to second on the throw and moved to third on a wild pitch. A Kylie Cunningham RBI grounder provided a key insurance run, putting the Beavers up 5-3.

The Bobcats rallied in the top of the seventh. Senior Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) singled up the middle. Two outs later, sophomore Mimi Crowley (Barnstable, Mass.) singled to right, putting runners at the corners.

First-year India Woolmington (New York, N.Y.) followed with a single to right, cutting the Beaver lead to one.

But Maine-Farmington pitcher Anastasia Albright (2-6) was able to get the next batter out and the Beavers hung on for the win.

First-year Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) pitched a complete game in the circle for the Bobcats. She tossed six innings, scattering seven hits and striking out four. Pelletier (4-6) allowed five runs but only two were earned.

The Bobcats grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first against Beaver starter Skyler Watson. Sophomore Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) bunted her way aboard to start the frame. She stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Inlow drove Russo home with a sacrifice fly.

Maine-Farmington evened things up in the bottom of the second. Walker walked leading off the inning. The Beavers bunted her to second and she advanced to third on a wild pitch. With two away, Amber Grady reached on an infield single and Walker scored, tying the contest at one.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the third inning.

First-year Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) got hit by a pitch to start the top of the third for Bates. Inlow reached on an infield single and both runners moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch plated Panepinto and advanced Inlow to third. 

Junior Tori Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) drew a walk. She rounded first and kept on going. She got into a rundown and Inlow raced home to put Bates up 3-1.

The lead didn't last, with the Beavers answering right away in the bottom of the third. Alison Hamilton reached on an infield single and Maine-Farmington bunted her to second. With two outs, Walker reached on an infield single. A Bates throwing error allowed Hamilton to score on the play and Walker advanced to second base.

Another Bobcat error put runners at the corners with two outs. Margaret Fogarty tied the game with a single through the right side. Pelletier struck out Erika Whitman to end the inning with the score knotted at three apiece.

Neither team scored in the fourth before the Beavers broke the tie for good in the fifth.

The Bobcats fell short in game one despite outhitting UMF 9-7. Inlow went 2-3 with a run scored and a run batted in. Crowley finished 2-3 at the plate as well.

Game Two: Bates 8, Maine-Farmington 5

Bates scored three in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take command in an 8-5 victory over the Beavers in game two.

Sophomore Sam Fellers (Mendham, N.J.) tossed a complete game to pick up the win. She scattered seven hits, allowing five runs (four earned) and striking out a pair. 

Trailing 4-3 entering the top of the fourth, the Bobcats got a one-out single from Woolmington. Then with two away, Pelletier reached on an error. Russo took advantage of the opportunity by doubling home a run, tying the game at four. Panepinto delivered the go-ahead hit, a two-RBI double to put the Bobcats up 6-4.

With two away in the top of the fifth, Bates struck again. Woolmington singled and Fellers doubled her home. Pelletier doubled in Fellers and just like that Bates led 8-4.

Maine-Farmington failed to score in the fifth and the sixth. They got an unearned run in the seventh before Fellers got Margaret Fogarty to line out, ending the game.

The Beavers took an early 2-0 lead in game two.

Hamilton walked to lead off the bottom of the first. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and two outs later Walker homered to clear the bases.

Down two, Bates responded with three in the top of the third.

Pelletier singled to get things started. Russo followed with a single of her own and one out later Inlow tripled in a pair of runs. A Fitzgerald RBI grounder put the Bobcats up 3-2.

The Beavers answered with two in the bottom of the third. Mikayla Cameron singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Alyssa Dillan singled in Cameron and Walker doubled in Dillan. 

But Bates had the answer offensively and Fellers (4-4) went the distance in the circle.

The Bobcats tallied four doubles and a triple in game two. Russo went 3-3 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Panepinto finished 2-3 with two runs batted in and a double. Inlow went 2-4 with a run scored, two batted in and a triple. Woolmington finished 2-4 with a run scored and Pelletier hit well in the nine hole, going 2-4 with a double, two runs scored and a run batted in. Bates outhit UMF 13-7.

The Bobcats return to NESCAC play on Friday when they head to Waterville to take on Colby at 4:00 p.m.