After missing most of the season due to an injury, Bates returned to action and picked up a pair of important Peach Belt wins for the Pirates last week. The senior righthander from Douglas, Ga., hurled 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief, striking out one, to defeat Georgia College 5-3 on Tuesday. She then picked up her first shutout of the year in the Pirates' 8-0 win over Augusta on Friday, giving up just two hits while striking out three. For the week, Bates went 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA.
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