The Bates softball team split their doubleheader at Maine Maritime over the weekend, winning the second game 7-6 after a 10-6 loss in the first game. Senior Caroline Gattuso, despite looking strong in the first half of the doubleheader with nine strikeouts in 4.1 innings, was a victim of the homerun ball, surrendering homers to Maritime sluggers Sabrina Keach, Kelsie Hilton and Haley Rae. The loss was not without some strong individual performances as shortstop and captain Mary Lewis joined sophomore Kelsey Freedman in scoring two runs apiece in the first game of the doubleheader.

Bates recovered well in the second game, finishing with a dramatic 7-6 victory in extra innings. With the game tied at 6 in the eighth, junior captain Alayna Garbarino scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice ground out by freshman Anna Berenson.

Starting pitcher Kelsey Freedman had the game on lockdown, retiring the side in a Mariano Rivera-like fashion in the bottom half of the eighth to ensure the 7-6 victory.

Lewis commented on the victory, “It always helps to end a series with a plus. That win definitely was key mentally for us, especially as we are looking forward to our games against Thomas and our NESCAC series against Tufts.”

Freedman finished the game with 10 strikeouts, earning her first win of the season in a strong complete game effort. Lewis was effusive in her praise of Freedman’s outing. “

She made the adjustments especially in the later innings to finish off the game for a win in the 8th with a key strikeout. Her dedication, mental toughness and hard work have contributed to both her personal success and the success of our team.”

Despite Freedman’s great performance, the victory was far from a one player show. Senior catcher AnnaMarie Martino contributed as well, getting on base three times and scoring twice. Lewis did her job as the leadoff hitter, getting on base twice and scoring two times as well. When asked to look forward to the rest of the season, Lewis remarked, “We are mentally strong, unified both on and off the field, positive, dedicated and aggressive in accepting and taking on any challenge that comes before us.”

The team will be back in action on Friday, when they begin their series at Tufts.