Buxton no-hits Beavers as softball sweeps doubleheader

Payton Buxton (14) and Caroline Bass (3) scored on Kirsten Pelletier's single in the second inning of Bates' 9-0 win over UMaine-Farmington in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader on April 17, 2018. Buxton had four hits on the day and pitched her first collegiate no-hitter in Game 2. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Kirsten Pelletier threw a five-inning shutout in Game 1 and first-year Payton Buxton tossed her first collegiate no-hitter in Game 2 as the Bates softball team swept a doubleheader against UMaine-Farmington 9-0 and 8-1 Tuesday afternoon at Lafayette Street Field.

Buxton (4-3) allowed only two walks in recording Bates' second no-hitter of the season, following Pelletier's no-hitter against North Central (Minn.) in the season opener. She also led Bates with four hits on the day.

Game 2 Recap (BOX)

The visiting Beavers (4-14) scored their lone run of the day without the benefit of a hit in the third inning of Game 2. Alyssa Dillan led off the inning by striking out on a wild pitch and taking two bases on the play. She took third base on Whitman's groundout, then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Flaherty, tying the game at 1-1. Buxton induced a groundout by Stevens to end the inning, and held the Beavers without a hit or a walk the rest of the way.

Buxton tallied four strikeouts and Bates (13-10) supported her with 11 hits, including five doubles, their most extra-base hits in a game this season.

Bates got on the board in the first inning of the game, as Pelletier (Sidney, Maine) hit a two-out double to right center, then scored on sophomore Julia Panepinto's (Buffalo, N.Y.) single down the left-field line. Pelletier was 3-for-6 at the plate on the day with four RBIs.

The Bobcats added two runs in the third off of UMF starter Erika Whitman (1-3). First-year Caroline Bass (Newton, Mass.) led off with a double to left center, and junior Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) followed by reaching on an error on a sharply-hit ball to second. Pelletier then drove in Bass from third base with a groudnout. Senior Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) later hit a two-out double to center field, scoring Russo before Ahlholm was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

The Bobcats broke the game open with five runs in the fourth. First-year Mary Collette (Watertown, Conn.) led off with a single through the left side, and Buxton followed with a double over the center fielder's head. First-year Dulce Alcantara (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) then delivered a two-run single to right field for a 5-1 Bates lead. Bates loaded the bases with a single by senior Tori Fitzgerald (Holliston, Mass.) and a walk drawn by Bass, and Russo scored Alcantara with a sacrifice fly. Pelletier then singled up the middle to score Fitzgerald for a 7-1 lead. Bates again loaded the bases as Panepinto drew a walk, and Ahlholm drove in Bass with an RBI groundout for an 8-1 lead. Whitman then induced a popup from Collette to keep the game from ending via the eight-run rule.

Game 1 Recap (BOX)

Kirsten Pelletier evened her record at 7-7, collecting nine strikeouts over five innings and helping to end the game via the eight-run rule with two RBIs in the game. Pelletier allowed two hits and two walks in her fourth shutout of the season.

Bates scored in each inning, with three unearned runs in the first and two earned runs in the second off of UMF starter Kailyn Hill (1-7). Brianna McGrath gave up four runs in two innings of relief.

The Bobcats scored three runs in the first without the benefit of a hit, taking advantage of three errors by the Beavers. Russo led off with a walk and stole second base, and later scored on a muffed throw at first base. With two outs, Ahlholm reached on a throwing error, Panepinto scored on a wild pitch, and Ahlholm scored as Collette's fly ball was dropped in center field.

Pelletier delivered a two-run single through the left side in the second inning to score Bass and Buxton for a 5-0 lead.

Bates added three runs in the third off of McGrath. Fitzgerald walked and later scored when sophomore India Woolmington (New York, N.Y.) reached on a throwing error. Buxton singled and later scored on a wild pitch, and Bass reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Russo's infield single.

Bates will host Southern Maine in another non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 3pm.