LEWISTON, Maine—The Bates College softball team hosted Husson University for a non-conference doubleheader today at Lafayette Street Field. The Bobcats dropped the first game 8-2, but rallied to win the second 10-2 in five innings. Junior Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) logged five strikeouts in game two for Bates, pitching all five innings. She upped her season total to 122 strikeouts, a new Bates single season record.
Pelletier broke her own single-season strikeouts record of 120, set in 2018. After today’s games Bates is 13-17 overall, while the Eagles are now 17-9. With their win in game two, the Bobcats halted a five-game win streak for Husson.
Husson scored four runs in the top of the first and held on for an 8-2 victory. It was their fifth straight win.
Jen Jones pitched all seven innings to improve to 8-5 this season for the Eagles. She allowed two runs on eight hits and had one strikeout. Sophomore Payton Buxton (Middlebury, Vt.) took the loss for the Bobcats, pitching all seven innings. She logged two strikeouts.
In the first inning, Jones homered with two on to put the Eagles up 2-0. Tamara Aunchman singled up the middle driving in Olivia Smith and Morgan Coleman to make it 4-0. In the top of the fifth, a double by Aunchman scored Smith and Coleman to extend Husson’s lead to 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, first-year Janell Sato (Honolulu, Hawaii) hit a single to centerfield, and senior Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Then junior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) hit a single to then left side that scored both Russo and Sato to put Bates on the board.
Husson added a run in the top of the sixth, when Jones grounded out to third, but batted in Whitney Bess. The Eagles scored their final run of the game in the top of the seventh when a single to center by Chloe Gorey drove in Smith for what proved to be the final score.
Aunchman led the Eagles’ offense finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a double. Olivia Smith went 2-for-3. Sophomore Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) went 2-for-3 for Bates, and Panepinto finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.