Colby softball earns home opener win over Bates

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 5, 2013
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Megan Michie (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College second baseman Meaghan Lewia (Wells, Maine) moved her batting average to .500 with a pair of hits and two runs scored to help the Mules to a 4-3 home opener win over Bates College in New England Small College Athletic Conference softball Friday at Crafts Field.

The Mules improve to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the league, while Bates falls to 4-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader at noon Saturday at Bates.

Colby scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning after first-year Tori Sansone (Glen Gardner, N.J.) reached on an error to start the inning. Lindsay Peterson (Fairfield, Conn.) sacrificed Sansone over to second with a bunt and Carolyn Bennett had a single to move her to third base. With two outs, Colby first-year Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) drove in Sansone with the go-ahead run.

Megan Michie (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) improved to 3-1 on the season and lowered her earned run average to 1.59 after striking out seven, walking none, and giving up just one earned run. 

The Mules went up 1-0 in the first inning when Lewia led off with a double, moved to second on a sacrifice by Wolfington, and scored on an RBI groundout by Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario).

Bates scored twice in the top of the third to go ahead. After back-to-back singles from Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) and AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) with one out, Lewis scored on an outfielder error and Gattuso came in on a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine).

The Mules tied the game at 2-2 thanks to three straight walks by Wheeler, Lauren Becker (Falls Church, Va.), and Erica Pulford (Glen Rock, N.J.) with one out. Sansone followed with a single to bring in Wheeler, but the Mules left the bases loaded.

The Bobcats went ahead for the second time at 3-2 with a lone run in the fourth inning. Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) got on by a fielder's choice and eventually scored on an RBI single by Lewis.

Lewia, who raised her on-base percentage to .578, singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Wolfington was hit by a pitch and Schatz followed with a single to drive in the tying run.

Schatz raised her batting average to .375 with a pair of hits and drove in her team-best 10th run. Peterson, Wolfington, and Sansone all went 1-for-2.

Brown went 2-for-2 to lead Bates, which had a 9-8 edge in hits. Lewis and Martino both had two hits and one run scored.

Colby left 11 base runners stranded and Bates had seven runners left on.

Colby 4, Bates 3
Bates............... 002 100 0 -  3  9  1  (4-8, 0-4-0)
Colby College....... 101 110 X -  4  8  1  (6-5, 1-0-0)
Pitchers: Bates - Kelsey Freedman (L, 2-3) and AnnaMarie Martino. Colby College - Megan Michie (W, 3-1) and Erica Pulford. 2B: AnnaMarie Martino (B), Caroline Gattuso (B), Meaghan Lewia (C).

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