Sato, Panepinto homer as softball wins 9-3 at Colby

Janell Sato hit her first collegiate home run and drove in four runs in Bates' 9-3 win at Colby on April 5, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Junior Julia Panepinto homered in the second inning, first-year Janell Sato homered in the third inning, and the Bates softball team added six runs in the fourth on the way to a 9-3 victory at Colby on Friday.

Bates (6-13, 1-3 NESCAC East) picked up its first conference victory of the season while the Mules (2-11, 0-1) dropped their league opener. The in-state rivals will meet at Bates on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 2pm, in the Bobcats' first home games of the season.

Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) hit a solo homer, her third of the season, to stake Bates to a 1-0 lead after two. Sato (Honolulu, Hawaii) followed in the third with a two-run shot, her first collegiate home run, driving in first-year Aleah Pagan (Orinda, Calif.), who had reached on an error.

Bates exploded for six more runs in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead. Sophomore Dulce Alcantara (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) started the rally with a one-out single. First-year Emily Samar (New York, N.Y.) reached on an error and first-year Kennedy Ishii (Honolulu, Hawaii) drew a walk to load the bases for sophomore Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.). Bass walked to bring Alcantara home, and Pagan then delivered a single through the left side to score Samar and chase Colby pitcher Wiley Holton in favor of Holly Lallis.

Lallis was greeted by Sato's two-run double to right center to make it 7-0. Sophomore Mary Collette (Watertown, Conn.) then drove in Sato and Pagan with a two-run single to left

Colby scored three runs off of Bates junior pitcher Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) in the bottom of the fourth, but Pelletier tossed shutout innings in the fifth, sixth and seventh to keep Bates firmly in the lead.

Pelletier (5-7) pitched a complete game and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven.

Sato drove in four runs and scored two, batting 2-for-4. Alcantara batted 2-for-3 as Bates notched eight hits on the day.