Bates senior pitcher Caroline Gattuso pitched the first perfect game in Bates history last Wednesday as the Bobcats defeated Fisher College in game one a doubleheader. Gattuso faced the minimum of 15 batters, striking out eight batters in what was obviously the most impressive statistical game of her career. The game ended in the fifth inning because of the eight-run rule, as Bates would win 8-0. “Catcher AnnaMarie Martino called a great game, and the defense made the plays they needed to,” explained Gattuso, “Can’t have a perfect game without everyone else doing their jobs too.”
Also in game one, senior infielder Mary Lewis broke the single-season stolen base record for the Bobcats with her 20th stolen bag, and number 50 of her career. Lewis also set the single-season Bates record for singles with her 36th of the year. Sophomore Kelsey Freedman would provide the offensive power with a three-run home run, the first of her career, while sophomore Molly Brown would add two runs scored and an RBI.
In game two of the doubleheader, Bates would win 9-0 behind another impressive pitching performance, this time by sophomore Brenna Callahan. In another shortened game due to the eight-run rule, Callahan threw five scoreless innings and gave up only three hits.
Over the weekend, the Bobcats were swept in a three game series by a formidable Trinity team, and the team finished the year with a 9-17 record and a disappointing 1-11 NESCAC conference record. Gattuso again made program history, striking out three in her pitching performance to set a new Bates career record of 190 strikeouts.
While the season was disappointing, Bates did have several standout performances this season. Lewis led the team with a .464 batting average, followed by Freedman, who batted .316 on the year and added 12 RBI’s. Gattuso and senior catcher AnnaMarie Martino provided more offense, as Gattuso led the team with 19 RBI’s and Martino had a solid year with 8 RBI’s and 5 doubles, batting .275.
Freedman was also the team’s most effective pitcher on the season, posting an ERA of 3.77 and leading the team with 78 innings pitched. Callahan and Gattuso were also solid with ERA’s of 4.44 and 4.89, respectively.
Bates softball is an exceptionally young team, with the vast majority of its players in the freshman and sophomore classes, and this team will likely contend for many years to come given additional experience.