|Bates College||New England College|
CLERMONT, Fla. — The Bates College softball team is off to its best start since 1995 after victories over Bridgewater State and New England College Thursday morning.
Bates (5-1) defeated the Bears 3-1 and rallied to win 5-4 over the Pilgrims. The Bobcats’ four-game winning streak is their longest since they won the final four games of the season in 2015.
The Bates softball team rallied from four runs down to defeat the New England College Pilgrims 5-4 Thursday morning.
The Bobcats pushed across the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh. Russo led off with a single and first-year Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) followed with a single of her own. Russo got thrown out at third on the play but Bass advanced to second. Sophomore Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) singled Bass to third and Buxton drew a walk to load the bases. Fitzgerald delivered an RBI groundout to plate Bass, giving Bates a 5-4 lead.
Buxton hit her first career home run in the victory and first-year Jevan Sandhu (Plymouth, N.H.) earned the victory out of the bullpen in her first career appearance in the circle for the Bobcats.
With Bates down 4-0 in the top of the fourth, Buxton smacked a home run to right field to cut the deficit to 4-1. Then Bates tied things up against Pilgrim starter Gabriella Marcheschi in the fifth. With one away, first-year Erin Murphy (North Andover, Mass.) singled. Russo followed with a double and Bass singled in Murphy, moving Russo to third. Bass stole second and Panepinto drew a walk to load the bases.
Buxton came up big again, this time with an infield single, driving in Russo and trimming the Pilgrim lead to 4-3. After Fitzgerald reached on a fielder’s choice, Collette drove in Panepinto with a single, tying the game at four.
Buxton got the start in the circle Bates, shutting down the Pilgrims through the first two innings before giving up four runs in the third, in part due to three Bates errors in the inning.
Sandhu entered the game with the score tied at four in the fifth and worked around a walk and an error to keep the game knotted at four.
Bates went down in order in the sixth and Sandhu pitched around a two-out walk in the bottom half of the frame.
Sandhu (1-0) earned the win with three innings of no-hit ball out of the bullpen. Marcheschi (1-5) pitched a complete game but took the loss, giving up five runs on 12 hits.
Bass went 3-4 with a run scored and a run batted in for Bates. Russo went 2-4 with a run scored and Buxton went 2-3 with a home run, two runs batted in and a walk. Destiny Helmedach went 2-3 with a home run and a walk for the Pilgrims.
The Bobcats take on Northwestern (Minn.) and Wheelock on Friday with the Northwestern game getting underway at 9:00 a.m.