LEWISTON, Maine — Kirsten Pelletier threw a five-inning shutout in Game 1 and Payton Buxton tossed her first collegiate no-hitter in Game 2 as the Bates softball team swept a doubleheader against UMaine-Farmington 9-0 and 8-1 Tuesday afternoon at Lafayette Street Field.
Buxton (4-3) allowed only one walk in recording Bates’ second no-hitter of the season, following sophomore teammate Kirsten Pelletier’s no-hitter against North Central (Minn.) in the season opener. She also led Bates with four hits on the day.
Game 2 Recap (BOX)
The visiting Beavers (4-14) scored their lone run of the day without the benefit of a hit in the third inning of Game 2. Alyssa Dillan led off the inning by striking out on a wild pitch and taking two bases on the play. She took third base on Whitman’s groundout, then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Flaherty, tying the game at 1-1. Buxton induced a groundout by Stevens to end the inning, and held the Beavers without a hit or a walk the rest of the way.
Buxton tallied five strikeouts and Bates (13-10) supported her with 11 hits, including five doubles, their most extra-base hits in a game this season.
Bates got on the board in the first inning of the game, as Kirsten Pelletier hit a two-out double to right center, then scored on Julia Panepinto’s single down the left-field line. Pelletier was 3-for-6 at the plate on the day with four RBIs.
The Bobcats added two runs in the third off of UMF starter Erika Whitman (1-3). Caroline Bass led off with a double to left center, and Andrea Russo followed by reaching on an error on a sharply-hit ball to second. Pelletier then drove in Bass from third base with a groudnout. Paige Ahlholm later hit a two-out double to center field, scoring Russo before Ahlholm was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
The Bobcats broke the game open with five runs in the fourth. Mary Collette led off with a single through the left side, and Buxton followed with a double over the center fielder’s head. Dulce Alcantara then delivered a two-run single to right field for a 5-1 Bates lead. Bates loaded the bases with a single by Tori Fitzgerald and a walk drawn by Bass, and Russo scored Alcantara with a sacrifice fly. Pelletier then singled up the middle to score Fitzgerald for a 7-1 lead. Bates again loaded the bases as Panepinto drew a walk, and Ahlholm drove in Bass with an RBI groundout for an 8-1 lead. Whitman then induced a popup from Collette to keep the game from ending via the eight-run rule.