Lepore closes in on 100 hits for softball team

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 9, 2011
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Alyssa Lepore

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Alyssa Lepore (Victor, N.Y.) moved within one hit away from 100 for her career with five hits for the Colby College softball team in 4-1 and 9-5 setbacks to Bowdoin College on Saturday at Crafts Field in the first home games of the season for the Mules.

Lepore had two hits in each game, belting her 29th career double in the opener and then smacking her eighth career homer in the nightcap. Lepore, an All-NESCAC selection last year, is hitting .351 this season.

Kara Nilan (Pittsfield, Mass.) won for the second consecutive day and fellow hurler Melissa DellaTorre (Scarborough, Maine) also earned a pitching win for Bowdoin.

Nilan stranded 11 Colby runners on base in the opener and helped her own cause with two runs scored, one hit, and one walk. She scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Amy Hackett (Bangor, Maine) in the third inning.

The Polar Bears (11-13 overall, 4-2 NESCAC East) added another lone run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Hanna Wurgaft (Montclair, N.J.). Bowdoin added two unearned runs in the seventh inning on a two-run single by Toni DaCampo (Woburn, Mass.).

The Mules (3-10, 0-3) had their lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Lindsay Peterson led off with a double and later scored on Katie Graichen's RBI single. Graichen leads Colby in batting average at .421.

In the second game, Hackett belted a homer, had one single, and walked twice. She scored three times and drove in a pair as the Polar Bears scored all nine of their runs in the first four innings. DaCampo went 3-for-3, scored twice, and had two RBI. Meanwhile, Nilan had three hits and scored two runs.

Lepore (Victor, N.Y.) had a three-run homer among her two hits to lead Colby in the nightcap. Graichen added two hits and two runs, while Barbara Santos (Topsfield, Mass.) and Lauren Becker (Falls Church, Va.) both had one hit and one run.

Bowdoin 4, Colby 1 (1st game)

Bowdoin              001#001#2---4#5#1

Colby                     000#001#0---1#10#3

                Kara Nilan (W) and Casey Correa; Aimee Polimeno (L) and Barbara Santos. 2B: Alyssa Lepore (Col), Lindsay Peterson (Col).

Bowdoin 9, Colby 5 (2nd game)

Bowdoin              302#400#0---9#12#0

Colby                     103#001#0---5#6#2

                Melissa DellaTorre (W), Tricia Thibodeau (7) and Casey Correa; Lauren Becker (L), Kelsey Yardumian (4), Aimee Polimeno (6) and Barbara Santos. 2B: Kara Nilan (B), Gen Barlow (B), Molly Nestor (B). HR: Amy Hackett (B), Alyssa Lepore (Col).

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