After spending the past week down in Clermont, Florida playing ten games in five days, the Bobcats returned to Bates winless and looking for answers as they begin conference play. Starting out sluggish by only scoring three runs or less in six of their first seven games, the bats came alive for the ’Cats as they scored 26 total runs in their final three games.

Beginning midway through their early season slate, the team showed certain promise versus North Central on March 19. Against Central, the Bobcats jumped out to the early lead behind the efforts of first-year Andrea Russo, who went 3-4 with a double and a run. However, the Illinois-area team took the lead for good in the third inning when they scored four runs.

The following game against Carthage, the Bobcat bats exploded in an eight-inning affair that saw the lead exchange hands multiple times. Behind sixteen hits, including sophomore Emma Schiller’s first career home run, which was a grand slam, the ’Cats broke out of their early season slump.

After eventually tying the game at 13, it remained that way through the sixth and seventh innings, but Carthage managed to take the lead in the eighth eventually sealing the win thereafter 14-13.

In the final two games of the Florida trip, the ‘Cats totaled 27 hits, but could not get their first victory, losing to Union 8-3 and Worcester State 12-10.

The Bobcats look to regroup as they have some time to prepare for a NESCAC doubleheader against Trinity on April 2.