Softball Sweeps UMF
Coming off of some tough losses against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent Trinity College, Colby's softball team rebounded with a solid week of games against the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and Bowdoin College. Defeating UMF in a double-header series on April 13, the Mules were impressive on offense, winning the games 8-2 and 5-3, consecutively. Although the women lost to Bowdoin 5-4 on April 16, the extra-innings battle nevertheless showcased Colby's determination and competitive abilities.
Dominating the opener versus UMF and steering the Mules to victory was senior tri-captain Brittany Tasi, who pitched a complete game for the women. Allowing nine hits with four strikeouts and no walks, Tasi held a shutout up until the sixth inning. Offensively, the Mules were also in top form, racking up 13 hits in the first game alone. Evenly spread throughout the lineup, seven of the women recorded hits, overall. Lizzi Fort '11 produced three hits, tri-captain Allyson Cheever '11 contributed two hits and three runs, Alyssa Lepore '11 and Katie Graichen '12 each had a pair of hits and an RBI, tri- captain Christine Gillespie '10 added a double and two RBI and Kelly Roth '12 rounded out the attack with a hit, a walk, a sacrifice and a run scored.
Pitching in the second contest was first-year Lauren Becker. Completing five innings with one strikeout, two walks and only one earned run, Becker showed consistency at the plate. Lepore finished out the game for the Mules, securing the victory in the final two innings of play. Adding to the scoreboard were Annie Wilson '11, with two hits and two runs, and Gillespie, who had one hit and scored twice.
Sadly, Colby's match against Bowdoin did not end so successfully, as a heartbreaking loss in the tenth inning put the Mules on the losing end of a 5-4 score. Nonetheless, the Mules showed determination as they battled back from a deficit to force the game into extra innings as Gillespie scored on an RBI single from Lepore in the seventh inning. Although Bowdoin would go on to score off a double in the tenth, Colby's offense still deserves credit for its efforts. Lepore recorded two hits and a walk in total, while Barbara Santos '11 and Graichen added two hits apiece and Alex Essman '11 tallied an RBI and a walk.
Finishing off their season over the next few weeks, the Mules round out their schedule with matches against Bates College and Tufts University. Hoping to add some NESCAC wins to their record, the women are hard at work in preparation for their last games.