CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Bates College softball team opened the 2016 season with an 8-0 loss to Frostburg State on Wednesday evening, then got the bats warmed up in a 12-9 loss to Lasell on Wednesday night at the National Training Center.
Bates plays its second of five two-game days in Florida on Thursday, facing Stockton University at 1pm and Babson at 3pm.
RECAP: Frostburg State 8, Bates 0 (6 innings)
Bates got the season off to a rocky start against Frostburg (8-4), which was already 11 games into its season. Frostburg pitcher Hannah Tavik (5-1) scattered five hits over six innings and walked only one batter. In contrast, Bates first-year pitchers Sam Fellers (Mendham, N.J.) and Kylie Martin (Poland, Maine) combined to allow 13 free passes to Frostburg, which is also nicknamed "Bobcats."
Martin came on in relief for Fellers (0-1) to start the bottom of the fourth, when Frostburg exploited six walks, one error and two wild pitches to score six runs on one hit, turning a 1-0 game into a 7-0 deficit for Bates. Fellers re-entered the game with two outs in the inning and Frostburg crossed the plate one more time before the final out.
Bates got out of the fifth inning unscathed but a two-out single in the sixth innign by Sam Gatton scored Ali Caulkins from third base to end the game.
Bates senior Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.), sophomore Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.), junior Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine), sophomore Maria Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) and junior Jenney Abbott (Rangeley, Maine) had one hit apiece in the game for Bates, including doubles for Lockhart and Inlow.
Tavik was 2-for-3 at the plate for Frostburg in addition to picking up the win.
RECAP: Lasell 12, Bates 9
Bates offense bounced back in its second game of the evening with 13 hits off of Lasell pitchers Eileen Bergin and Krystel Enko, including a 4-for-4 performance by Inlow, who hit two more doubles.
It wasn't enough to top the Lasers (3-5), who banged out 14 hits of their own. Emily DeAngelis led Lasell with four RBIs and four hits, including a triple that stood as Lasell's only extra-base hit.
For Bates, Lockhart was 2-for-5 with two more doubles and three runs scored, while Schiller was 2-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs and Garbarino went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Bates led 7-4 after four innings, but Lasell plated eight unearned runs in the fifth. First-year Mimi Crowley (Barnstable, Mass.) came in to start the inning for Martin and was greeted with a leadoff single by DeAngelis, and Laura MacLeod followed by reaching on an error. Tessa Beane's single scored DeAngelis before Crowley struck out Mickayla Cobb for the first out.
But six consecutive Lasers then reached base safely, including two walks and three singles. DeAngelis hit a two-run single in her second trip up of the inning, and Erin Smith scored on a passed ball before Crowley retired MacLeod and Beane to end the inning with Lasell in a 12-7 lead.
Bates got two runs back in the sixth, taking advantage of two Lasell errors to start the inning, an Inlow single and an RBI groundout by sophomore Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.).
Bates tried to start a final rally in the seventh as first-year Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) reached on a one-out bunt single, but Enko got out of the inning with a groundout to shortstop.
Crowley (0-1) accepted the loss for Bates, while Enko earned the win with 3.2 innings of relief.
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