Thomas rallies in game two to sweep softball in doubleheader

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates softball team gave Thomas College all they could handle in game two of Sunday's doubleheader but ended up dropping both games by scores of 12-1 and 12-11 respectively. 

Game One: Thomas 12, Bates 1 (5 innings)

The Terriers used a nine-run third inning to pull away from Bates in game one of Sunday's twin bill.

Already up 3-0, the Terriers put runners at second and third with one away in the bottom of the third inning. Michaella Arsenault singled in both runners to put Thomas up 5-0. Lindsy Hoopingarner reached on a single as well and back-to-back Bates errors allowed both runners to score and allowed Katie Taylor and Madison Bentz to reach safely.

An RBI fielder's choice drove in Taylor and Courtney Veilleux hit a two-run homer to make it 10-0 in favor of Thomas. After a walk, Korrie Laren doubled in a run and Jordanna Agger doubled in Laren to complete the scoring.

Bates got on the board in the fourth. Senior Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) tripled to start the frame. Junior Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) drove her in when she reached on a fielder's choice as the Terriers were unable to throw out Lockhart at home. 

Thomas starter Faith Robinson (1-7) was able to get out of the fourth inning without any further damage and Haley Littlefield pitched a scoreless fifth in the circle to secure the victory.

The Terriers out-hit Bates 10-4 in game one and the Bobcats committed four errors in the field.

Game Two: Thomas 12, Bates 11 (8 innings)

The Terriers scored a run in the seventh to force extra innings and scored three times in the eighth to stun the Bobcats in game two.

Bates (0-22) scored twice in the top of the eighth to go up 11-9. In softball the teams play "international rules" in extra innings so each team got a runner on second base to start their respective halves of the eighth inning. Bentz singled in Taylor to start the bottom of the eighth for Thomas (10-13) and Lexi Colpack doubled Bentz to third. Veilleux followed with a walk-off two-RBI single to send the Thomas fans home happy. 

The Bobcats scored three runs in the top of the first to take an early lead. First-year Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) doubled to start the frame. Sophomore Emma Schiller (Natick, Mass.) doubled Russo home and Lockhart singled in Schiller. Lockhart stole second and scored on a Paige Ahlholm '18 (North Andover, Mass.) two-out single to put Bates up 3-0. 

The Terriers responded with two in the first, three in the third, and one in the fourth to go up by a score of 6-3.

But Bates grabbed a 7-6 lead in the fifth. Russo and Schiller smacked back-to-back singles to start the frame. Lockhart continued her huge doubleheader with a two-RBI double to cut the deficit to 6-5. One out later first-year Madison Fox (Denver, Colo.) drew a walk and stole second, putting runners at second and third.

Ahlholm drove in Lockhart with a ground-out and Fox scored on a wild pitch to gave Bates the lead. 

The Bobcats tallied another run in the top of the sixth. Russo bunted her away aboard. She stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Schiller singled her home to extend the Bates lead to 8-6.

But the Terriers scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. 

With one away Taylor reached on an infield single. She advanced to second on an illegal pitch and with two away came in to score on a Colpack single. Colpack stole second and Veilleux singled her in to even the score at eight.

The Bobcats pushed across another run in the top of the seventh. With two outs, sophomore Tori Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) singled. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Thomas error, giving Bates a 9-8 lead.

Laren started the bottom of the seventh with a single. She moved to second on a ground-out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Arsenault singled her home to even things up again.

With the game in extra innings, senior Marina Barsoum (Newark, N.J.) began the top of the eighth on second base. Russo bunted her to third and reached on an error, putting runners at the corners with nobody out. One out later, Lockhart singled in Barsoum to give Bates a 10-9 lead. After Inlow reached on an error, Fox delivered a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 11-9.

But the Terriers scored three in the bottom half of the frame to win the game.

Bates is back in action on Monday when they host Fisher in a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.