Youth is served in softball's 6-2 win over Elizabethtown, Bobcats split a pair of games in Florida

Andrea Russo went 4-4 at the plate in Bates' 6-2 win over Elizabethtown on Saturday, March 11, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEESBURG, Fla. -- First-year Kirsten Pelletier pitched a complete game for her second collegiate win and fellow first-year India Woolmington drove in three runs to lead the Bates softball team to a 6-2 win over Elizabethtown Saturday morning. Bates dropped a 9-0 contest to Mahattanville later in the day.

Bates (3-3) wraps up their Florida trip on Sunday with games against Fitchburg St. and Stevenson starting at 8:00 a.m.

RECAP: Bates 6, Elizabethtown 2

Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) tossed all seven innings, giving up only two runs (one earned) on six hits, walking none and striking out six to earn the victory.

The Bobcats actually fell behind 2-0 before rallying for the win. 

The Blue Jays (3-9) recorded back-to-back singles to begin the top of the second and both runners advanced 60 feet on a passed ball. A Brittany Ritter single drove in one run and one out later an RBI ground-out plated the second run of the frame.

Pelletier (2-1) struck out Mara Rhodes looking to avoid further damage.

The Bobcats got a run back against Blue Jay starter Ashley Hullihan (1-1) in the bottom of the third. 

With one out, first-year Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) singled up the middle. Sophomore Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) followed with a single of her own and sophomore Mimi Crowley (Barnstable, Mass.) singled to load the bases. Senior Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) drove in Panepinto with a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Bates took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. After junior Tori Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) reached on an error, first-year Julia Treadwell (Falmouth, Maine) went deep for her first collegiate home run, putting the Bobcats up 3-2.

Bates got some key insurance runs in the fifth. With one away, Inlow drew a walk. Fitzgerald followed with a single and both runners moved up 60 feet on a passed ball. With two away, Pelletier drew a walk to load the bases.

That's when Woolmington (New York, N.Y.) came up huge, delivering a bases clearing triple to extend the Bobcat lead to 6-2. 

Pelletier retired 14 of the last 15 batters she faced to earn the victory. Russo finished 4-4 at the plate and Woolmington and Panepinto recorded two hits each for Bates.

RECAP: Manhattanville 9, Bates 0 (5 innings)

Aarin Hartenstein threw a no-hitter and homered at the plate to lead the Valiants (2-4) to a 9-0 win over the Bobcats Saturday evening. 

Manhattanville scored two runs right off the bat in the bottom of the first. Brittany Deieso singled to start the frame. Laurel Coito doubled her home and Desiree Buboi singled in Coito for the second run of the inning.

Sophomore Sam Fellers (Mendham, N.J.) got out of the first without any further damage but the Valiants exploded for six runs in the second to put the game effectively out of reach.

Manhattanville loaded the bases with nobody out only to see the Bobcats turn a slick 5-2-3 double play to put runners on second and third with two outs.

Buboi came up big with a two-RBI single and Dolores Diemicke homered to put the Valiants up 6-0. After Evonne Torres doubled, Hartenstein went yard to make the score 8-0 in favor of Manhattanville.

Panepinto reached on an error with two outs in the third for Bates but got caught stealing to end the inning. Meanwhile the Valiants scored their final run of the night in the bottom of the fourth after Fellers had worked a scoreless third.

Panepinto turned out to be the only Bobcat to reach base safely against Hartenstein. 

She struck out seven and did not surrender a walk in the no-hitter.