Lewiston, Maine – The Thomas College Softball team (18-12, 12-2 NAC) was swept today by the Bates Bobcats (10-10) in a non-conference double header. The Terriers were shut out in both games; the Bobcats took the first game 2-0 and closed out the sweep with a 9-0 win in the night cap.
The Terriers were held scoreless in a seven inning opener as Bates pitcher Caroline Gattuso struck out seven, walking no one and giving up five hits to notch her second shutout, and the first seven-inning shutout of her career.
Kelsey Crowe (0-3) started for the Terriers and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. She left the game after a Karen Ullmann comeback line drive struck her in the upper right chest. Bates Mary Lewis, who had reached on a bunt single, moved to third on the play, and then raced home on a Kelly McManus ground out, beating the throw from first baseman Kaymala Eells.
Crowe returned to hit in the game -- she was 2-for-3, including a hard double down the left-field line in the second inning -- and played designated hitter for the Terriers in Game 2.
Sara Pavento pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and was charged with no runs.
In game two Bobcats gave pitcher Kristen Finn a lead in the first inning, scoring a single run on Anna Marie Martino's hard single to center field, which scored McManus, who had walked.
The Bobcats then exploded for eight runs in the second inning, quickly putting the possibility of a mercy rule win in play. Monica Berube led off with a ground-rule double that got under the fence in right field. Berube moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and then was able to score when Alayna Garbarino's fly ball was dropped in the outfield. Mary Lewis came up and tripled to score Garbarino, and Ullmann followed with an RBI double to left. Lauren Dobish walked, and then chased Lewis home on Maciejewski's looping double down the right field line. Bates went on to load the bases for pinch hitter Libby King, who drew a walk to give, Bates a 7-0 lead. Garbarino then lined a single into left off of shortstop Lindsay Fry's glove to score Martino and, for the second time in the inning, Berube.
Pavento (13-6) took the loss for Thomas, allowing nine runs -- only three of them earned -- on nine hits and four walks.
The Terriers will take on cross town rival Colby College in a non-conference single game match up tomorrow afternoon on the campus of Thomas College.