Bay Path Splits Softball Home Opener
Author: Christa Parulis-Kaye, Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations, New England Collegiate Conference
The Wildcats of Bay Path College split their home-opener softball double-header with the Blue Jays of St. Joseph College falling 12-6 in game one and coming back to win the night cap 6-5. In game two, sophomore Kaitlin Begin of Weare, NH, scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning after the score being knotted 5-to-5. She nailed her first collegiate career “in the park” homer to score the winning run for the Wildcats. Bay Path’s junior shortstop Sarah Gates led the Wildcats on the day hitting .750 (6-for-8) with four runs, two RBI and one homerun.
Gates, junior centerfielder Samantha Gunseth of Swanzey, NH, and co-captain and senior Sarah Palmer of Topsham, ME, all had multiple hits in the opener with Gunseth adding two RBI.
In the nightcap, junior pitcher and NECC Pitcher of the Week Jess Nizinski of West Springfield, MA, was awarded the win allowing five runs on 12 hits, fanning two while walking two batters. Gates brought the score within one run, pounding the only over-the-fence homer bringing freshman Kate Lowy of South Burlington, VT, along for the ride. Gunseth proceeded to score the game tying run in the bottom of the 6th inning off a shot to deep right field by Palmer. Begin would then come back in the 6th inning to take the lead off her in-the-park homerun.