Softball earns three wins
It was a busy week for the softball team as they played six games—two against the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), one versus Thomas College and three more against Tufts University.
The Mules started their week with victories in the first two games: 10-1 and 7-2 in a doubleheader against UMF. Pitcher Megan Michie ’15 had 12 strikeouts in the first game, while Aimee Polimeno ’14 totaled six in the second game. Overall, Katie Graichen ’12 drove in two runs, Erica Pulford ’15 and Brianne Wheeler ’14 hit in three each and Lauren Becker ’13, Graichen, Wheeler, Meaghan Lewia ’15 and Lindsay Peterson ’13 all scored two runs.
Erin Caputo ’15 stepped up to the pitcher’s mound in the game against Thomas and had four strikeouts. In the top of the second inning, she hit in Peterson and gave Colby a 1-0 lead. Wheeler also hit a single in the third inning that allowed Lewia to run home. Thomas scored two runs in the seventh inning, but Carolyn Bennett ’15 ended the game in the eighth inning with an RBI single. The final score was 3-2 in favor of the Mules.
Michie pitched the first game against Tufts and threw eight strikeouts while allowing only two earned runs. The Mules were scoreless for most of the game until Wheeler hit in Alanna Sanborn ’13 in the fifth inning. Shortly after, Peterson’s single drove in Graichen, which made the score 2-3. The Mules couldn’t gain the lead, however, and lost 5-2.
The Saturday double-header against Tufts didn’t go well for the Mules either. The Mules were shut out in the first game, falling 5-0. They came back in the second game, however, and lost 4-3 after 11 innings of play. The game was tied 3-3 after a two-run home run from Caputo and remained that way until Tufts finally hit in a runner in the 11th inning.
Colby is now 7-16 overall and 0-6 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The Mules will face Thomas again on Thursday, April 19 at home, and Bowdoin College at home on Friday, April 20. The women will then travel to Brunswick for a double-header on Saturday, April 21 to round out the week.