Gattuso pitchers perfect game in opener, Bates sweeps softball doubleheader

Caroline Gattuso struck out eight over five innings while throwing what is believed to be the first perfect game in school history and Kelsey Freedman hit a three-run homer to lead Bates (9-14) to an 8-0 softball win over Fisher (2-23) in the opening game of a doubleheader at Lewiston.

Brenna Callahan pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for the Bobcats in the second game as they cruised to a 9-0 win in five innings.

Meaghan Lewia hit a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored the winning run on an error to lift Colby (10-14) to a 10-9 win over Southern Maine (7-29) in the opening game of a doubleheader at Waterville.

Tori Sansone homered and Brianne Wheeler drove in three runs to lift Colby to a 5-3 victory in game two, which was called after five innings due to darkness.

BASEBALL: Lucas Ilges struck out six in a three-hitter, leading UMass-Boston to a 4-0 win over Southern Maine at Gorham.

It was the first time the Huskies had been shut out since March 27, 2012.

James McLamb pitched eight strong innings and Cody Vigue drove in a pair of runs to lead Thomas (13-19) to a 6-2 win over Colby (9-15) at Waterville.

MEN’S LACROSSE: Donny Delpha and Dom Fichera each scored a pair of goals as UMass-Boston (6-10, 3-3) held on for a 6-5 Little East win over the University of Southern Maine (5-10, 1-5) at Boston.

Dylan Kenney led the Huskies with two goals, and Kyle Baker added one goal and two assists.

Chris Curtis finished with two goals and two assists for fifth-seeded Emmanuel (7-9, 4-5) in a 9-8 win over St. Joseph’s (7-10, 6-3) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinal at Standish.

FOOTBALL: The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff. The BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts in 2014.


CANDLEPINS: Justin Grover of Vacationland Lanes in Saco and Megan Lyon of the Big 20 in Scarborough captured state titles in the handicap division elimination finals at Bowl-A-Rama in Sanford.

Twelve bowlers in the men’s and women’s divisions qualified for the head-to-head finals after an eight-event series of tournaments.

Grover defeated Sean Murphy of the Big 20 in the 10-string men’s final, 1,560 to 1,440. Lyon defeated Beth Nappi of Colonial Lanes in Westbrook, 1,441 to 1,418.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Thomas Mueller scored twice, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben had one goal each and Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal at Munich.

The second leg of the total-goals series is May 1 in Barcelona.


NASCAR: Penske Racing will take its appeal of penalties and fines against defending champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano before a three-member NASCAR panel May 1.


NFL: The Cincinnati Bengals added a longtime nemesis to their defense, signing former Steelers linebacker James Harrison to a two-year deal.

–From staff and news services