Samar's RBI triple highlights softball doubleheader at Tufts

First-year Emily Samar hit an RBI triple in game two of Bates' doubleheader at Tufts on March 30, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Kristina Haghdan pitched a three-hit shutout in game one, and the Tufts offense exploded for eight runs in the third inning of game two as the 23rd-ranked Jumbos swept a doubleheader over the Bates softball team on Saturday at Spicer Field. The game scores were 3-0 and 11-1 in five innings.

Next up for Bates (4-13, 0-3 NESCAC East) is the Bobcats' home opener, a non-conference doubleheader against Saint Joseph's Wednesday at 3pm.

With the two victories Tufts won the NESCAC East Division weekend series over the Bobcats three games to zero. The Jumbos improved to 16-2 overall while Bates fell to 4-13.

Bates sophomore Mary Collette (Watertown, Conn.), who prevented a no-hitter in Friday's game, was the only Bobcat with a hit through the first five innings, a one-out single in the fifth. Haghdan allowed just one Bates baserunner through the first four innings, a two-out walk to first-year Janell Sato (Honolulu, Hawaii) in the first.

The Jumbos (16-2, 3-0 NESCAC East) scored all three of their runs in the third. Emma Della Volpe hit a one-out triple that rattled around the right-field corner. She scored on Mia Steinberg's single to left. Casey Maggiore then hit her second home run of the spring to score Steinberg.

Bates loaded the bases with one out against Haghdan in the seventh, started by back-to-back singles from junior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) and senior Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.). However, Haghdan got a pair of strikeouts to end the game. She remained unbeaten early in the season at 6-0 and matched her career-high by striking out 11 Bobcats.

Maggiore finished 2 for 3 with two rbis and a run for Tufts in game one.

Bates junior pitcher Kirsten Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) went six innings, giving up seven hits and three runs with five strikeouts and a walk, dropping to 4-7.

A two-run home run by Jamie Stevens got Tufts' big third inning in game two started. The Jumbos sent 12 batters to the plate with eight of the first nine getting on. A Bobcat miscue in the outfield allowed three runs to score on one play. Maggiore also added an RBI double. Tufts led 11-0 after three.

Three Tufts pitchers limited Bates to three hits in game two. Kristi Van Meter started and did not allow a hit over three innings, but walked three. She worked out of a second and third with one out jam in the first by getting a pair of strikeouts.

Bates scored their only run of the weekend when Russo led off the fourth with a single through the left side. She scored on a triple to right by first-year Emily Samar (New York, N.Y.).

Maria Ostapovich finished 2 for 3 with two runs for Tufts in the nightcap, while sophomore Edie Huling went 2 for 2 with a run off the bench.

Van Meter improved to 7-1 with the win. Allison Tilton pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Jumbos.

Sophomore Payton Buxton (Middlebury, Vt.), one of three Bates pitchers in the game, took the loss, giving up seven hits and five runs in two innings. Sophomore Jevan Sandhu (Plymouth, N.H.) allowed just one hit and a walk in 1.2 innings of relief.