WORCESTER, Mass. — The Bates College women’s softball team started strong in Tuesday’s non-conference doubleheader against Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but the Bobcats were sent home early in the second game and had to settle for a split.

After jumping on top early and winning the first game 5-1, the Bobcats (3-10) were doubled up by the Engineers (6-7-1) in the second game, falling 16-8 in five innings.

In the opener, Bates scored all five of its runs in the top of the third.

Zariya Anderson got the scoring going with an RBI triple, then later scored on Kennedy Jones’ RBI single. Jones scored when Lily Freedman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Rachel Liazos capped the big inning with a two-run single.

Jones finished with three hits, while Liazos and Isabel Bettencourt each collected two.

Delaney Rankin pitched a complete game in the circle, scattering four hits, three walks and one earned run while striking out four batters.


The Engineers plated their lone run in the bottom of the fourth when Destiny Lum doubled and came home on Liz Jordan’s single.

The Bobcats started off the second game strong, with Liazos singling in two runs for a quick 2-0 lead, but WPI got one run back in the bottom half.

Each team scored a run in the third. For Bates, Elizabeth Pellini came hone on Emily Kennedy’s groundout, but the Engineers tied it up at 3-3 in their half of third.

Bates again regained the lead in the top of the fourth by plating three runs, but the Engineers answered with seven runs in the bottom half to go ahead 10-6.

After the Bobcats scored their final two runs in the fifth, WPI ended the game with six more runs in the bottom of the inning.

Pellini led Bates with two hits, while Liazos and Maya Lee each collected two RBIs.


UMAINE 14, UMF 4: The Beavers (4-12) scored four runs in the top of the first but the Black Bears (6-18) responded with four of their own and then pulled away in Orono.

Monmouth graduate Matt Marquis opened the game by drawing a walk for UMaine-Farmington. Jameson Bloch also walked, and two batters later Sam Parsell singled Marquis home. Oxford Hills grad Jonny Pruett singled Bloch home, and Cal Tibbitts drove in the final two runs with another single.

Dirigo grad Trent Holman got the start for UMaine-Farmington and allowed two hits and four walks while striking out a batter in his lone inning of work. Maine scored four times against Holman to tie the game 4-4.

The Black Bears added another run in the second to take the lead, then tacked on four in the fourth, two in the sixth and three in the eighth.

Nate Coombs led the Beavers with two hits, including the team’s only base hit after the first inning. Mt. Blue graduate Sam Wrigley pitched an inning of relief for UMF, allowing two runs on two hits.

Will Burns and Jeremiah Jenkins led the Maine offense with three hits apiece. Oxford Hills grad Colton Carson closed out the game with one inning of relief for the Black Bears, striking out two batters and walking one.


BATES’ PRINCE REPEATS: For the second straight week, Bates College freshman Henry Prince has been selected as the Rookie of the Week by the Maine College Baseball and Softball Association, the organization announced Tuesday.

Prince made the most of his three hits last week, collecting a double and a triple while sporting a slash line of a .300 batting average/.417 on-base percentage/.600 slugging percentage. The infielder from McLean, Virginia, also drove in a run and drew a walk.

CMCC’S POIRIER HONORED: Central Maine Community College sophomore Gabe Poirier was recently named to the Division 3 All-Athletic Second Team by the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Gardiner graduate totaled 51 points (31 goals, 20 assists) for the Mustangs this season.

GUINEE PACES  FIELD: Bates College senior James Guinee was announced Tuesday as the NESCAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.

The Bobcats captain set personal-best marks while finishing second in the hammer throw (54.51 meters) and fourth in the discus (43.81 meters) at Bryant College’s Black and Gold Invitational this past weekend.


Guinee’s mark in the hammer throw is the second-best in the NESCAC this season and in the top 20 in all of NCAA Division III.

BEAVERS SET RECORDS: UMaine-Farmington senior Alixx Canwell set a program record in the men’s hammer throw on Saturday at the SNHU Invite in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Canwell, who attended Hall-Dale High School and played football for Winthrop/Monmouth/Hall-Dale, won the event by more than 20 feet with a throw of 53.77 meters (176 feet, 5 inches).

Canwell also placed second by the slimmest of margins in the shot put. His 13.87-meter mark (45-6.25 feet) was only two-hundredths of a meter (three-fourths of an inch) shorter than Salvatore Lando of Franklin Pierce.

Canwell’s distances in both events qualify for the New England Regional championships later this spring.

UMF runners also set a women’s program record in the 4×100-meter relay at the SNHU Invite. Cara Perry, Carrie Burr, Kennedy Todd and Erica Johnson teamed up to finish the relay in 51.79 seconds, which placed fourth at the meet.


BOWDOIN 16, BATES 14: A second-half rally fell short for the Bobcats (3-7, 0-6 NESCAC) against the Polar Bears (7-2, 5-0) in Lewiston.

After the game was tied 3-3 heading into the second quarter, Bowdoin outscored Bates 6-2 in the period. The Bobcats chipped away a little in the third and fourth quarters but not enough to catch back up.

Gray Doyle and Riley McClure each tallied hat tricks for Bates and Wil Masterson and Connor Harman scored two goals apiece.

Jason Lach poured in a game-high five goals for Bowdoin. Will Byrne compiled four goals and four assists and Oliver Bernstein produced four goals and one assist.

In goal, Andrew Toland made 19 saves for Bates and Robert Hobbs stopped 12 shots for Bowdoin.

BOWDOIN 24, BATES 11: The Polar Bears (7-3, 3-3 NESCAC) overcame an early deficit and dominated the second quarter to down the Bobcats (4-6, 0-5) in Brunswick.

Bowdoin outscored Bates 12-1 in the second period after being down 5-3 entering the frame.

Lacy Raveis matched the game-high with six goals for Bates, while Hanna Matthews and Caroline Keating scored two apiece. Ellie Schofield also had six goals for the Bowdoin, with Lauren Burke right behind with five.

Avery Lehman made six saves for Bates, and Raegan White also saw time in the Bobcats’ net. Izzy Cisneros stopped two shots for Bowdoin.

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