Softball splits NESCAC East doubleheader with Trinity

Andrea Russo drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a 3-2 win in game two of a doubleheader with Trinity (Conn.) on April 19, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine—The Bates College softball team split a NESCAC East doubleheader with Trinity (Conn.) today on Lafayette Street Field. The Bobcats dropped game one by a score of 4-2, but won game two in dramatic fashion, battling back to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 3-2 win.

Bates is now 12-16 overall and 4-4 in the NESCAC East, while the Bantams overall record stands at 13-11 and 4-4 in conference play.

The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday, April 23, when they host Husson for a non-league doubleheader. The games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

GAME 1 Trinity 4, Bates 2

Trinity scored all four of its runs in the top of the first on its way to a 4-2 victory in game one. Bates fought back to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bantams halted the late comeback attempt.

Madeline Spencer-Orrell earned the win for Trinity, pitching all seven innings. She notched three strikeouts. Junior Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) pitched all seven innings for the Bobcats and logged two strikeouts.

In the top of the first, a double by Courtney Erickson scored Cassidy Schiff to make it 1-0. Hannah Zukowski homered with two on to give the Bantams a 4-0 lead.

Trinity held the Bobcats off the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh when a double up the middle by first-year Aleah Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) drove in sophomore Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) and first-year Kennedy Ishii (Honolulu, Hawaii). However, the Bantams quickly ended any Bobcat comeback attempt with a double play to close out the inning.

Trinity's Erickson finished 2-for-3 in game one, and Zukowski went 2-for-4. First-year Emily Samar (New York, N.Y.) and Pagan led the Bates offensive effort. Both went 2-for-3 in game one.

GAME 2 Bates 3, Trinity 2

In game two, the Bobcats rallied for a 3-2 victory, clinching the win in the bottom of the seventh. Bates scored one run in the bottom of the third and held a 1-0 lead until the top of the seventh, when Trinity scored two runs to go up 2-1. Senior Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) drove in the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the seventh.

Pelletier also pitched all seven innings of game two and stroke out two. Jordan Stephan took the loss for Trinity, pitching all seven innings. She tallied five strikeouts.

In the bottom of the third, Bass reached first on an error and then stole second base. With one out, first-year Janell Sato (Honolulu, Hawaii) singled to left field. Sophomore Mary Collette (Watertown, Conn.) followed with a perfectly placed bunt that scored Bass and gave the Bobcats a lead they would hold for most of the game.

In the top of the seventh with runners on second and third, Trinity's Maura Keary hit a ground ball to short. Kennedy Ishii threw home to get the lead runner, but Samar just missed the tag, and Schiff scored the game-tying run for Trinity. Sam Witmer followed with a fly out to left field, but Kaitlyn DeCapua scored on the play to give the Bantams a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh with one out, Pagan singled up the left side. Sato followed with a double to left center. Collette singled to center, scoring Pagan to knot the game at 2-2. Sophomore Payton Buxton (Middlebury, Vt.) came in to pinch run for Sato, and Russo drilled a single up the middle that scored Buxton and clinched the victory for the Bobcats.

Collette finished game two, going 3-for-4 and logged 2 RBIs.  Russo and Sato went 2-for-4. Zukowski and Chambers each went 1-for-2 for the Bantams.