Softball team ends season with split

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 3, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Alex Essman (Littleton, Mass.) hit her 10th home run of the season and Carlie Minichino (Stratford, Conn.) also had a homer as the Colby College softball team won 7-1 in the first game of a doubleheader over St. Joseph's College on Saturday at Crafts Field.

St. Joseph's came back for a 9-5 victory in the nightcap to finish the season at 26-16. The Mules had won eight straight games before the second game loss and finished the year at 17-14.

Essman hit a two-run homer after Minichino had doubled to give Colby a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning of the opener. Lizzi Fort (Wilmette, Ill.) and Christine Gillespie (North Andover, Mass.) had back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning before Minichino belted a two-run homer.

Essman finished her first year at Colby with a team-best 36 RBI. She had two hits as did Gillespie, Minichino, and Tory Starr (Dunbarton, N.H.). Meryl Poulin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) had a two-run double for Colby.

Alyssa Crowell (Gilford, N.H.) entered the game in the fourth inning and earned her seventh victory of the season for the Mules.

Alyysn Ludwig (Waldoboro, Maine).led the Monks with two hits in the opener. Megan Farrell (Abington, Mass.) had a double and scored the lone run.

Alyssa Dunn (Standish, Maine) had a three-run homer in the first inning of the second game to lift St. Joseph's to the victory. Kiera Walsh (Benton, Maine) moved to 15-7 on the season with the victory in the second game for the Monks.

Gillespie had a two-run double and an RBI triple for Colby in the nightcap. Mollie Puskar (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had two runs and one hit in her final collegiate game for the Mules.

Colby 7, St. Joseph's 1 (1st game)

St. Joseph's    010#000#0---1#6#0

Colby          020#023#x---7#12#1

Christy Wezowicz (L) and Natasha Howard; Brittany Tasi, Alyssa Crowell (W, 7-2) and Meryl Poulin, Lizzi Fort (4). 2B: Megan Farrell (SJ), Meryl Poulin (C), Lizzi Fort (C), Christine Gillespie (C), Carlie Minichino (C), Sarah Whitfield (C). HR: Carlie Minichino (C), Alex Essman (C).

St. Joseph's 9, Colby 5 (2nd game)

St. Joseph's    302#101#2---9#11#2

Colby          000#302#0---5#6#3

Kiera Walsh (W) and Ellen Neff; Amanda Roehn (L), Alyssa Crowell (4) and Barbara Santos, Lizzi Fort (4). 2B: Liddy Van Der Linden (SJ), Ellen Neff (SJ), Kayla Soucy (SJ), Alex Essman (C), Christine Gillespie (C). 3B: Christine Gillespie (C). HR: Alyssa Dunn (SJ).

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