Bates extends streak with sweep of Beavers

Bates extends streak with sweep of Beavers

FARMINGTON, Maine -- Bates College set a program-best winning streak of nine games as the Bobcats dispatched the University of Maine at Farmington 8-3, 14-6 in non-conference softball action today at Prescott Field.

The Beavers (10-16) are scheduled to visit Maine Maritime Academy Friday at 4 p.m. for a North Atlantic Conference twinbill, while Bates (14-6) hosts Tufts University Friday at 4 p.m. The Bobcats' former win streak record was eight, set in 1988.

In the first game, the Bobcats posted six runs in the third inning to help the visitors to an 8-3 victory.

Kaitlyn Bartlett (Chesterville, Maine) and Christine Tovey (Sanford, Maine) each had a sacrifice fly as the Beavers opened the game with a 3-0 start. A three-run home run by Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) highlighted Bates' six-run frame, which featured a pair of UMF errors. Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) and Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) each had an RBI single in the fifth to complete the scoring.

Amy Jones (Augusta, Maine) singled twice for UMF, while Tovey aldo had a double.

Dobish had a double to go along with her three-run blast, while AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) and Kiely Webster (Bethesda, Md.) also enjoyed two-hit games.

Bartlett took the loss with 10 hits allowed, two walks and five strikeouts.

Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) went six innings in the win with a walk and five strikeouts.

In the second game, Bates broke the game open with a seven-run sixth as the Bobcats finished the two-game set with a 14-6 victory.

Bartlett crushed a grand-slam home run to give the Beavers a 6-4 lead in the fifth. Bates responded with seven runs on four hits, three walks and an error in the sixth to grab an 11-6 advantage. Dobish smacked a two-run single in the inning with Martino and Libby King (South Portland, Maine) each supplying an RBI double.

Shannon Mitchell (Portsmouth, N.H.) singled and tripled for UMF, while Jones had a pair of singles and two RBI and Meaghan Donnell (Rochester, N.H.) also singled twice.

Martino, Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) each singled and doubled to lead Bates' 12 hit attack.

Anna Piggott (Manchester, Conn.) was hit with the loss, throwing six innings with 11 hits allowed, five walks and a strikeout.

Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) tossed six innings in the win with seven hits allowed, three walks and four punchouts.