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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 23, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Aimee Polimeno picked up the victory in relief in the opening game and then won the nightcap as the Colby College softball team took 10-9 and 5-3 victories over University of Southern Maine on Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader.
Colby moved to 10-14 overall, while the Huskies fell to 7-29.
The Mules won the second game in five innings after the plate umpire called the contest because of darkness. The Mules led 5-3 after five innings, but USM scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning. With it nearly impossible to see clearly, the plate umpire called the game in the middle of the inning. The rules state that the halted game reverts back to the last completed inning.
Polimeno struck out three and walked none over five innings to earn the second game win.
The Mules led 4-0 after two innings. Brianne Wheeler smacked a two-run single in the first inning for Colby to score Carylanne Wolfington and Emily Schatz. In the second, Wheeler had an RBI single to plate Wolfington and Lindsay Peterson was hit by a pitch and later scored on a USM error.
The Huskies bounced back with three runs in the top of the third inning. Cara Radinio had an RBI triple to score Kristen Duross, who earlier in the inning drove in Jessica Hayden on a fielder's choice. Katie Davis also had an RBI single that brought in Nicole Nutter.
Tori Sansone hit her first collegiate home run for Colby while leading off the bottom of the third inning for a 5-3 lead. Wheeler had two hits and three RBI, while Erica Pulford had two hits.
Davis and Hayden both had two hits for USM in the opener.
In the nightcap, Polimeno struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to earn the victory after Lauren Becker went six innings. The Mules won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Meaghan Lewia reached on a one-out single, moved to third when Wolfington reached by error, and then scored on another USM error.
The Mules took a 3-0 lead after two innings thanks to bases loaded walks to Carolyn Bennett and Lewia. Wolifington brought in the other run on a groundout.
Shannon Riordan singled for USM and later scored on an outfield error in the top of the third inning.
The Huskies put up five more runs in the top of the fourth inning on a big two-run triple by Hayden. Lindsey Somerset had a two-run pinch-hit single in the inning and Stefanie Stockwell had the other RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Colby bounced back with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 9-6 lead. Pulford was on second base with two outs when all the damage started. Lewia drove her in with an RBI single and then stole second base. Wolfington walked and Lindsay Peterson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Emily Schatz had an RBI single to bring in Lewia, Becker walked to plate Wolfington, and Wheeler drove in Peterson with another walk. An infield error by USM scored two more runs and Pulford hit her second single of the inning to drive in Becker with the final run.
The Huskies tied the game in the sixth inning when Radino doubled with one out and Stockwell followed with an RBI double. Stockwell scored from second on a Colby error and Davis had an RBI single to bring in Nicole Nutter.
Lewia had two hits, two RBI, and scored twice for the Mules in the second game. Pulford had three hits, scored twice, and drove in a run.
Hayden also had a single to go along with her two-run triple for USM.
Colby 10, Southern Maine 9 (1st game)
Jesse Hutchins, Lauren Haberern (4, L) and Jessica Hayden; Lauren Becker, Aimee Polimeno (7, W) and Erica Pulford. 2B: Stefanie Stockwell (USM), Cara Radino (USM). 3B: Jessica Hayden (USM).
Colby 5, Southern Maine 3, 5 inn. (2nd game)
Stefanie Stockwell (L), Lauren Haberern (4) and Jessica Hayden; Aimee Polimeno (W) and Carylanne Wolfington. HR: Tori Sansone (C).