Pitching lifts softball to two more wins

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 2, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's Brittany Tasi (Shelton, Conn.) and Alyssa Crowell (Gilford, N.H.) each did not allow an earned run in complete game pitching performances in 6-2 and 10-1 non-conference softball victories over University of Maine at Presque Isle on Friday at Crafts Field.

The Mules (16-13) took four games over two days against UMPI (5-20). Colby closes out the season with a doubleheader at home Saturday against St. Joseph's College.

Tasi allowed two unearned runs over seven innings in the first game to improve to 4-4 this season. Crowell allowed a single in the first inning of a five-inning game shortened because of the eight-run rule.

Colby first-year slugger Alex Essman (Littleton, Mass.) went 5-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored in the two games. Essman hit her ninth home run of the season in the second game. After an error and a walk in the first inning, Essman smacked a three-run homer to put Colby up for good. She also had a walk and a single in that second game.

The Mules also got ahead quickly with four runs in the first inning of the first game. Carlie Minichino (Stratford, Conn.) had a two-run double and Essman followed her with an RBI double. Mollie Puskar (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a double and an RBI triple for the Mules, while Minichino had a pair of hits.

Colby 6, Maine-Presque Isle 2 (1st game)

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Nicole Russell (L) and Danielle Humphrey; Brittany Tasi (W, 4-4) and Meryl Poulin. 2B: Carlie Minichino (C), Alex Essman (C), Mollie Puskar (C). 3B: Mollie Puskar (C).

Colby 10, Maine-Presque Isle 1, 5 innings (2nd game)

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Erica Davis (L) and Danielle Humphrey; Alyssa Crowell (W, 6-2) and Lizzi Fort. 2B: Annie Wilson (C). HR: Alex Essman (C).

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