LEWISTON, Maine – Bates College swept Maine Maritime Academy's softball team in a par of mercy-rule shortened games at Lafayette St. Field on Wednesday. The Bobcats (7-6) downed the Mariners (7-7) 8-0 in the opener and 9-1 in the nightcap.
Senior Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.) went 6-for-6 on the twinbill, driving in nine runs and scoring twice. The first bagger capped her afternoon by driving a grand slam over the leftfield fence in the fourth inning of the nightcap. It was the final nail in the coffin for Maine Maritime, which trailed 5-1 heading into the frame. It was the second time Maciejewski provided the Bobcats with the necessary difference to end the game early, having driven in the eighth run in the opener.
Centerfielder Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) went 4-for-7 scoring five runs, while junior backstop AnnMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) plated a pair runs on the afternoon. Rightfielder Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) posted four hits and scored as many runs on the afternoon.
Mariners' pitcher Erica Taylor (Mesquite, Texas) tried to help her own cause in the nightcap blasting her fourth home run of the season. It turned out to be Maine Maritime's only offense of the day.
Taylor's second inning solo shot to left center made it 2-1, but Maciejewski quickly gave Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) breathing room in the circle, finding a hole in the left side of the infield to score McManus and Ullmann to make it 4-1. Freedman scattered a pair of hits over five innings and struck out three to improve to 4-2 on the year.
Senior twirler Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) limited the Mariners to three hits in the opener to improve to 2-4 on the season. She struck out four in taking the decision. Her offense provided early run support, posting five runs on six singles in the first.
Maciejewski plated the first of three runs she sent across in the opener during the frame. With her team leading 7-0 in the fourth, she doubled into right center to score McManus, who had reached on an error to start off the inning. The Mariners got a leadoff baserunner into scoring position in hopes of staving off the merciful ending; however, Finn retired each of the next three batters to secure the win.
The Mariners return to action on Friday when Maine Maritime hosts Green Mountain in North Atlantic Conference play. Bates will host Colby in NESCAC play on Friday afternoon.