|Bates College||Fitchburg State University|
First-year pitcher Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) raised her record to 3-1 with her third straight victory, scattering nine hits with no walks while striking out seven in a complete-game victory.
Inlow batted 3-for-3 with a double and a leadoff home run in the fourth inning, her first of the day and the season. First-year first baseman Julia Treadwell (Falmouth, Maine) went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run to left center field in the fifth inning.
Bates grabbed the early lead in the first inning, as sophomore Mimi Crowley (Barnstable, Mass.) walked, reached third on Inlow’s double and came home on a sacrifice fly by junior Tori Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.).
Bates led 2-0 through four innings and scored four times in the fifth. Crowley reached on an error and later scored on a passed ball; that play was followed by Treadwell’s homer for a 6-0 lead.
Fitchburg got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but Bates expanded its lead to 8-1 in the top of the sixth, as first-year Livie Gilbert (Turner, Maine), first-year Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) and sophomore Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) loaded the bases for Crowley. Crowley singled to right field to score Gilbert, and Inlow’s RBI single scored Panepinto, before the Falcons escaped further damage with a double play.
The Falcons scored three times in the bottom of the seventh before Pelletier sealed the win with a groundout to first. Jessalynne Brown hit an RBI double and scored on Emily Comtois’ two-run double.
Fitchburg (0-1) was playing its season opener; the Falcons finished 19-18 in 2016. Kaylee Sylvestre (0-1) started and picked up the losss, allowing two runs in three innings. Mikayla Harnois threw the final four innings and allowed six runs (four earned).