LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates softball team played rival Bowdoin toe-to-toe in a home-opening doubleheader on Saturday, but the Bobcats' first win remained elusive after losses of 6-3 in Game 1 and 11-6 in Game 2.
Bowdoin sweeps the teams' three-game series and rises to 12-7-1 overall, 3-1 in NESCAC East Division play. Bates drops to 0-16 overall and 0-4 in the NESCAC East.
Bates travels to Trinity on Sunday to finish another three-game NESCAC East series that began last weekend. The teams will resume their suspended game from April 2 at 1pm, with Trinity leading 13-3 in the top of the fifth. At 2pm the teams will play the third and final game of the series.
Game 1 Recap
Bowdoin took a 4-0 lead before Bates scored three runs in the bottom of the third to close it to 4-3. The Polar Bears added runs in the fifth and seventh innings to ice the victory.
Emma Stevens hit a three-run home run to put Bowdoin ahead 4-0 in the top of the third off of Bates first-year starter Kylie Martin (Poland, Maine).
Bates countered in the bottom of the frame, with sophomore Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) doubling home first-year Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Maria Garbarino (Reading, Mass.). Schiller later scored on a passed ball.
Bowdoin added to its lead in the fifth, with Marisa O'Toole hitting a one-out double and later scoring on Samantha Valdivia's fielder's choice.
In the seventh, Bates first-year pitcher Sam Fellers (Mendham, N.J.) made her first appearance since the team's season-opening trip to Florida, returning to action from an injury. But Bowdoin made it 6-3 as Claire McCarthy drew a leadoff walk and scored on Julia Geaumont's single.
Bowdoin out-hit Bates 12-5 in the game, with Geaumont going 3-for-3. Samantha Roy (1-2) earned the win and Geaumont pitched the last two innings for her first save.
Game 2 Recap
Bates spotted Bowdoin a run in the top of the first but took a 5-1 lead after one inning. Russo was hit by a pitch to lead off, and the Bobcats loaded the bases with singles by Schiller and senior Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.). Junior Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) delivered a two-run double and first-year Madison Fox (Denver, Colo.) followed with an RBI single. Sophomore Tori Fitzgerald hit a one-out single to score Inlow, and Fox scored on a passed ball to make it 5-1.
Bowdoin gobbled up three runs from Bates' lead in the second, however, loading the bases with no outs off of Bates first-year starter Mimi Crowley (Barnstable, Mass.). Crowley walked Lauren O'Shea, and Jordan Gowdy followed with a two-run single to score Nicole Nelson and O'Toole.
Lockhart drove a Geaumont offering over the center-field fence to make it 6-4 in the second inning, her second homer of the season.
Facing Fellers (0-4), who had come on for Crowley in the second, Bowdoin mounted a two-run rally with two outs and no one on base in the fourth to tie the game at 6-6. Rice began the rally with a double to right center, and Geaumont walked. Three wild pitches and a walk issued to McCarthy closed the gap to 6-5, and the Polar Bears tied it as Gately singled to score Geaumont.
Bowdoin led off the sixth with a double by Rice and a Geamont single, and they seized an 8-6 lead on McCarthy's triple to right field. Gately then plated McCarthy with a single to make it 9-6.
Bowdoin had 15 hits in the game to Bates' 13 -- Bates' most hits since March 20. Inlow led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, including two RBIs. For Bowdoin, Gately was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Geaumont raised her record to 8-2, going the full seven inning sand allowing six runs (five earned) on 13 hits.
May 10, 2016 Lockhart named to All-NESCAC softball team
April 27, 2016 Softball drops non-conference road game to Husson
April 24, 2016 Softball drops a pair of non-conference games to Brandeis
April 23, 2016 Softball's offense impresses in doubleheader against Tufts
April 22, 2016 Inlow tallies three hits in softball's loss to Tufts
April 18, 2016 Softball sweeps Fisher behind three home runs by Lockhart
April 17, 2016 Thomas rallies in game two to sweep softball in doubleheader
April 10, 2016 Softball tallies 15 hits in narrow loss to Trinity
March 31, 2016 Softball drops doubleheader to USM
March 20, 2016 Softball totals 27 hits in final two games of Florida trip
March 18, 2016 Softball falls to Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Hope in Florida
December 8, 2015 Softball to run two winter clinics in February