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.
In game two, Bates scored six runs in the bottom of the first to take control of the game early and cruised to a 10-2 five inning victory.
Pelletier logged five strikeouts in game two for Bates, pitching all five innings. She allowed two runs on six hits, while walking just one batter. She improved to 10-9 this season.
Alyssa Prest started the game for Husson. Jillian Blake came in to pitch two innings and had one strikeout, and Jen Jones closed out the game and tallied three strikeouts.
In the bottom of the first, Bass walked and then stole second. She advanced to third, when first-year Aleah Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) grounded out to third. Sato then doubled to left and drove in Bass to start the scoring for the Bobcats. Sophomore Mary Collette (Watertown, Conn.) reached first on an error and Russo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Panepinto then singled up the middle, and Sato scored Bates’ second run. Sophomore Erin Murphy (North Andover, Mass.) followed with a double to left that scored Russo and Collette. Then it was first-year Emily Samar’s (New York, N.Y.) turn to hit a double, driving in Murphy and Panepinto to give the Bobcats the 6-0 advantage.
Husson scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the third. Jones grounded out to short stop, but drove in Bess. Coleman followed with a single to right that scored Katie Windsor.
The Bobcats responded right away, extending their lead to 9-2, adding three more runs in the bottom of the third. Pagan hit a double to left center that scored first-year Kennedy Ishii (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Samar. Sato hit a hard grounder to first base that drove in Pagan.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ishii walked, and then stole second base. Bass laid down a bunt that advanced Ishii to third, and Pagan singled through the right side, scoring Ishii for the final run.
Pagan went 2-for-4 and tallied three RBIs for Bates, and Samar went 2-for-3 and registered two RBIs. Murphy and Sato each earned two RBIs in the win.
Windsor finished 2-for-2 for Husson and Bess went 2-for-3.