Softball drops two NESCAC East games at Bowdoin

Julia Panepinto went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs in game two, but the Bates College softball team dropped two NESCAC East Division games by scores of 7-2 and 7-5 to Bowdoin on April 27, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine—The Bates College softball team dropped two NESCAC East Division games to Bowdoin College today on the Polar Bears' Pickard Field. Bowdoin used a four-run fourth inning to win game one 7-2, and rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a walk off home run by Maddie Rouhana to win game two, 7-5.

The Bobcats are now 13-19 overall and 4-6 in the NESCAC East Division. The Polar Bears extended their win streak to 12 games and improve to 25-10 overall and 7-4 in the NESCAC East.

The Bobcats are back in action with two NESCAC East Division games tomorrow, April 28, on Lafayette Street Field. Bates will face Trinity (Conn.) at 11 a.m., and then take on Bowdoin at 2 p.m.

Game One: Bowdoin 7, Bates 2

Bates held a 2-1 lead going into the fourth, but Bowdoin scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and added a run in the both the fifth and sixth innings to secure a 7-2 victory in game one of today's NESCAC East Division doubleheader.

Junior Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) (10-10) took the loss for the Bobcats. She pitched five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. Pelletier struck out five and walked two. First-year Danielle Polirer (Bellmore, N.Y.) came in for one inning. She allowed one run on one hit.

Ruby Siltanen earned the win for Bowdoin. She improved to 9-2 this season. Siltanen pitched all seven innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. She logged seven strikeouts and walked two batters.

In the top of the first, sophomore Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) got on by an error, and first-year Janell Sato (Honolulu, Hawaii) singled through the right side to put runners on first and third. Sophomore Mary Collette (Watertown, Mass.) registered a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Bass to make it 1-0. In the bottom of the inning, Karlye Pallotta led off for Bowdoin with a triple down the right field line. Kasey Cunningham laid down the sacrifice bunt to score Pallotta and tie the game up at 1-1.

First-year Kennedy Ishii (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Bass started off the second inning with singles. First-year Aleah Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) put down a sacrifice bunt to score Ishii and put Bates back on top 2-1.

The momentum shifted to the Polar Bears as they strung together four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. Cunningham started things off with a single and then stole second base. Caroline Rice doubled to center, scoring Cunningham and tying the game at 2-2. Rice stole third and Rouhana walked. She stole second and Allison Rutz walked to load the bases. Siltanen singled up the middle, driving in Rice. Rouhana tried to score but was thrown out at home. Rutz scored to give Bowdoin the lead on a passed ball, and Siltanen scored on a single by Caroline Sablone to center field.

In the bottom of the fifth, Cunningham singled with one out. Samantha Valdivia singled to left with two outs. Rouhana singled to right driving in Cunningham. The Polar Bears added one more run in the bottom of the sixth. Siltanen started the inning with a single. Sablone was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Siltanen advanced to third when Katelyn Cox flied out to right. Pallotta grounded out to short, but drove in Siltanen. The Bobcats were unable to mount a comeback, leaving two on in the top of the seventh.

Cunningham and Siltanen each finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Six different Polar Bears logged an RBI. Six different Bobcats logged a hit. Sato and Collette each earned an RBI.

Game Two: Bowdoin 7, Bates 5

Bates led 5-3 through the top of the seventh, but Bowdoin rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a walk off home run by Maddie Rouhana to clinch the 7-5 victory.

Samantha Roy started the game for Bowdoin and pitched three innings with three hits and as many strikeouts. Rutz pitched one inning and allowed five hits. Siltanen (10-2) closed out the game by allowing only one hit and fanning three. Pelletier (10-11) pitched the entire game for Bates, allowing seven runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking three batters.

In the top of the first, Bass walked and then stole second. Pagan followed with another walk. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third, and then another wild pitch allowed Bass to score the first run of the game.

Pallotta started things off for Bowdoin with a double to right. Cunningham was walked. Rice grounded out to second, advancing the runners to second and third. Valdivia singled through the left side, scoring Pallotta and Cunningham to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.

Junior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) started the second inning with a double to right. She got to third on a wild pitch. First-year Emily Samar (New York, N.Y.) walked and then stole second, and Panepinto was able to tie the game up at 2-2 scoring on the throw.

In the top of the third, Sato walked. With two outs senior Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) singled to left. Panepinto doubled to center, scoring Sato and Russo to put the Bobcats on top 4-2. In the bottom of the inning, Pallotta tripled down the right field line. Rice reached first on an error and Pallotta scored on the play to get the Polar Bears within one.

In the top of the fifth, Russo singled up the middle and then stole second. Panepinto doubled to center, scoring Russo to give Bates a 5-3 lead.

The Polar Bears came from behind, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Cunningham started the comeback with a single to third. Rice followed with a single up the middle. Samantha Valdivia singled up the middle, driving in Cunningham to make it 5-4. Rouhana hit a three-run walk off homer.

Pallotta went 2-for-3 for Bowdoin, while Rice and Valdivia went 2-for-4. Valdivia and Rouhana each had three RBIs. Panepinto led the Bates offense. She went 3-for-4 with three doubles and earned three RBIs. Russo finished 2-for-4, scoring two runs.