|Tufts University||Bates College|
MEDFORD, Mass. — Tufts University swept both ends of a NESCAC East Division doubleheader on Sunday, as the Bates College softball team’s season concluded with losses by scores of 3-1 and 14-1 against the host Jumbos.
Bates finishes the season with a 10-18 record overall, 1-11 in conference games. Tufts (20-14, 8-4 NESCAC East) tied for second place in the division with Trinity but lost the tiebreaker with the Bantams, leaving the Jumbos out of the four-team NESCAC Championship for the first time in the tournament’s 18-year history.
Bates’ lone senior, Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine) finishes her career with 124 hits, tying Karen Ullmann ’12 for third place on the team’s all-time list and only three shy of the record owned by Stacia Saniuk ’09. She also ranks second in team history in doubles (32), third in total bases (189) and fourth in extra-base hits (45).
Inlow led the Bobcats in batting average at a career-best .409, to go with team highs in home runs (4) and runs batted in (20). She also registered an outstanding final season in the field, making only two errors as the Bobcats’ starting shortstop for a fielding percentage of .981.
Game 2 Recap
Tufts answered Bates’ run in the top of the first inning with three in the bottom of the first, followed by five runs in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth en route to a five-inning victory.
Cassie Ruscz batted 2-for-2 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBIs for Tufts, while Maggie Hoffman was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.
Russo led off the game with an infield single, reaching second base on Inlow’s single. First-year Julia Treadwell (Falmouth, Maine) then singled to center and Russo scored on an outfield error. The sophomore outfielder Russo finished the year with a .398 batting average and team highs in runs (21) and stolen bases (7).