Pelletier breaks single season strikeout record, softball splits with Husson

Kirsten Pelletier broke her own single season strikeouts record, logging five strikeouts and upping her season total to 122, in a 10-2 win over Husson in game two of a non-conference doubleheader on April 23, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine—The Bates College softball team hosted Husson University for a non-conference doubleheader today at Lafayette Street Field. The Bobcats dropped the first game 8-2, but rallied to win the second 10-2 in five innings. Junior Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) logged five strikeouts in game two for Bates, pitching all five innings. She upped her season total to 122 strikeouts, a new Bates single season record.

Pelletier broke her own single-season strikeouts record of 120, set in 2018. After today's games Bates is 13-17 overall, while the Eagles are now 17-9. With their win in game two, the Bobcats halted a five-game win streak for Husson.

Bates is back in action on Friday, April 26, when they host Bowdoin for an NESCAC East game at 4 p.m.

Game One: Husson 8, Bates 2

Husson scored four runs in the top of the first and held on for an 8-2 victory. It was their fifth straight win.

Jen Jones pitched all seven innings to improve to 8-5 this season for the Eagles. She allowed two runs on eight hits and had one strikeout. Sophomore Payton Buxton (Middlebury, Vt.) took the loss for the Bobcats, pitching all seven innings. She logged two strikeouts.

In the first inning, Jones homered with two on to put the Eagles up 2-0. Tamara Aunchman singled up the middle driving in Olivia Smith and Morgan Coleman to make it 4-0. In the top of the fifth, a double by Aunchman scored Smith and Coleman to extend Husson's lead to 6-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, first-year Janell Sato (Honolulu, Hawaii) hit a single to centerfield, and senior Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Then junior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) hit a single to then left side that scored both Russo and Sato to put Bates on the board.

Husson added a run in the top of the sixth, when Jones grounded out to third, but batted in Whitney Bess. The Eagles scored their final run of the game in the top of the seventh when a single to center by Chloe Gorey drove in Smith for what proved to be the final score.

Aunchman led the Eagles' offense finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a double. Olivia Smith went 2-for-3. Sophomore Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) went 2-for-3 for Bates, and Panepinto finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

Game Two: Bates 10, Husson 2

In game two, Bates scored six runs in the bottom of the first to take control of the game early and cruised to a 10-2 five inning victory.

Pelletier logged five strikeouts in game two for Bates, pitching all five innings. She allowed two runs on six hits, while walking just one batter. She improved to 10-9 this season.

Alyssa Prest started the game for Husson. Jillian Blake came in to pitch two innings and had one strikeout, and Jen Jones closed out the game and tallied three strikeouts.

In the bottom of the first, Bass walked and then stole second. She advanced to third, when first-year Aleah Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) grounded out to third. Sato then doubled to left and drove in Bass to start the scoring for the Bobcats. Sophomore Mary Collette (Watertown, Conn.) reached first on an error and Russo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Panepinto then singled up the middle, and Sato scored Bates' second run. Sophomore Erin Murphy (North Andover, Mass.) followed with a double to left that scored Russo and Collette. Then it was first-year Emily Samar's (New York, N.Y.) turn to hit a double, driving in Murphy and Panepinto to give the Bobcats the 6-0 advantage.

Husson scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the third. Jones grounded out to short stop, but drove in Bess. Coleman followed with a single to right that scored Katie Windsor.

The Bobcats responded right away, extending their lead to 9-2, adding three more runs in the bottom of the third. Pagan hit a double to left center that scored first-year Kennedy Ishii (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Samar. Sato hit a hard grounder to first base that drove in Pagan.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ishii walked, and then stole second base. Bass laid down a bunt that advanced Ishii to third, and Pagan singled through the right side, scoring Ishii for the final run.

Pagan went 2-for-4 and tallied three RBIs for Bates, and Samar went 2-for-3 and registered two RBIs. Murphy and Sato each earned two RBIs in the win.

Windsor finished 2-for-2 for Husson and Bess went 2-for-3.