Game 1: Bates 12, Maine-Preqsue Isle 4
BATES SOFTBALL SWEEPS MAINE-PRESQUE ISLE
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College softball team opened their 2000 home season at Marcotte Field in Lewiston successfully, sweeping a doubleheader from the University of Maine-Presque Isle by a 12-4 score in both games.
The Owls (0-2) kept both games close in the early innings, leading 4-3 after the top of the fourth in game one and trailing just 6-4 in at the same point in the second game. Bates (4-4) blew things open in the bottom of the fourth of game one, however, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs. The big hit in the inning was a one-out pinch single by junior Jen Crawford (Southboro, Mass.) in her first at bat of the season that drove in two runs. The next five Bobcats all got hits, including RBI doubles by junior 3B Laura Lent (Clinton, Mass.) and sophomore pinch hitter Kim Bosse (Auburn, Maine). First-year hurler Ginger Walsh (Hopkinton, N.H.) picked up her first collegiate win, despite giving up a solo home run to UMPI sophomore catcher Kristin Supa (Presque Isle, Maine) in the fourth inning.
A five-run second inning propelled Bates to an early 6-2 lead in game two. The Bobcats scored the runs on just one hit, a single by first-year OF Krissie Whiting (Contoocook, N.H.). UMPI took advantage of the late start in the fourth inning, scoring a pair of runs when Whiting lost a routine fly ball by sophomore 1B Carol Thibodeau (Caribou, Maine) in the setting sun. Bates ended the game in the fifth, however, when 10 of 11 batter reached base safely with six crossing the plate. Junior pinch hitter Jen Googins (Portland, Maine) ended the game with a bases-loaded single. Crawford picked up the pitching win in game two.
The Bobcats' hitting stars on the day were Whiting, who went five-for-five with a sacrifice bunt, scoring three runs and driving in a pair. First-year IF Teresa Jansich (Marina, Calif.) went 4-7 with 3 RBI and leads the NESCAC in batting witha .625 average (15-24)