Softball's Bass, Pelletier earn All-NESCAC recognition

Caroline Bass (left) and Kirsten Pelletier (right) both earned Second Team All-NESCAC honors on May 10, 2018, after helping Bates to its first-ever 20-win campaign. (File photos by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates softball team landed two players on the NESCAC Softball All-Conference Teams, announced Thursday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, on the heels of the Bobcats' first 20-win season.

Sophomore pitcher Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) and first-year outfielder Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) both received Second Team All-NESCAC nods for their exceptional seasons, becoming Bates' first All-NESCAC duo since 2007.

Pelletier's breakout sophomore season began with a no-hitter in the season opener against North Central (Minn.), and concluded with a loss at Amherst in the first game of the NESCAC Softball Championship -- Bates' second-ever appearance in the conference postseason tournament.

Pelletier finished the season with an 11-9 record, one save and a 2.22 earned-run average. Along the way, she established team single-season records for innings pitched (a league-high 126.1), shutouts (6) and strikeouts (120), and she won two NESCAC Pitcher of the Week awards. She is the second All-NESCAC Bates pitcher since the honors were established in 2001, following Krissie Whiting in 2001.

Bass leads the NESCAC in batting average at .440, as well as third in the conference in on-base percentage (.488) and first on the team in slugging percentage (.483). The rookie went 2-for-2 in the season opener against North Central, kicking off a nine-game hitting streak to start her college career. She was hitless in only four games all season, with multiple hits in 16 of Bates' 34 games. In left field, Bass committed only one error on the year.

Bass set Bates' single-season records for hits (51), singles (47) and runs scored (35), and came within one stolen base of matching Mary Lewis's 2013 record of 24 steals.

NESCAC Softball All-Conference Teams Released