CLERMONT, Fla. -- Senior Karen Lockhart and sophomore Paige Ahlholm both hit home runs for the Bates softball team on the second day of its five-day, season-opening trip to Florida, but the Bobcats fell 7-3 to Stockton University and 9-1 to Babson College on Thursday.
Bates (0-4) will play against Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday at 3pm, followed by a 5pm game against Hope College.
RECAP: Stockton 7, Bates 3
Bates scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie Stockton 3-3, but the Ospreys (5-2) answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to grab the win.
Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) hit her first homer of the season in the first inning, a solo shot to center field.
Stockton moved ahead in the second with two unearned runs off of Bates first-year starting pitcher Sam Fellers (Mendham, N.J.), on a two-out single by Nicole Tomo. The Ospreys added another unearned run in the fifth as Gianna Cuffari came home from second on a throwing error.
Bates rallied for two runs on three hits in the sixth. First-year Madison Fox (Denver, Colo.) led off with a pinch single up the middle, and senior Marina Barsoum (Newark, N.J.) reached on an error after laying down a sacrifice bunt. First-year Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) then drove in Fox with an infield single.
Lockhart singled up the middle to score Barsoum, but Russo was thrown out at home plate on the play while trying to score the go-ahead run, and the inning ended on junior Maddie Inlow's (Falmouth, Maine) lineout to center field.
Stockton decided the game with four runs in the sixth. The first two scored on an RBI single by Catherine Wunder, aided by a throwing error from the outfield.
With no outs in the inning, first-year Mimi Crowley (Barnstable, Mass.) was summoned in relief of Fellers to face Cuffari, who had a home run turned into a rare two-run sacrifice fly by Lockhart's diving catch over the center-field fence. Tomo scored from third on the play and Chelsea Thomas was able to score from second to make it 7-3, before Crowley worked out of the jam.
RECAP: Babson 9, Bates 1 (5 innings)
Babson (5-5) scored three runs in the third and five in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead, before Ahlholm's (North Andover, Mass.) first career homer put Bates on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Bates couldn't score any more runs in the inning to keep the game from ending by the eight-run rule.
Bates first-year Kylie Martin (Poland, Maine) allowed nine runs, all earned, on 10 hits. Babson designated player Meaghan Merullo was 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs, while Maya Lacy went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Babson pitcher Leslie Moore allowed Bates three hits and no walks, and helped herself at the plate by batting 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Ahlholm, Russo and Schiller had Bates' three hits.
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