WATERVILLE, Maine --- Senior co-captain Katie Graichen (Arundel, Maine) had two hits, two runs, and drove in three runs to lift the Colby College softball team to an 8-0 win over Thomas College on Thursday in non-conference play at Crafts Field.
Lauren Becker (Falls Church, Va.) threw a complete game two-hit shutout for the Mules, who improve to 8-16 overall. The game was stopped after five innings because of the eight-run rule. Becker struck out six and walked one batter.
Becker helped her own cause with two hits, one run, and one RBI. Meaghan Lewia (Wells, Maine) added two hits, two runs, and one RBI. Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario), Lindsay Peterson (Fairfield, Conn.), and Erin Caputo (Sayville, N.Y.) all had one hit and one RBI for the winners. Senior co-captain Kelly Roth (South Deerfield, Mass.) had one hit and one run.
The Mules went ahead quickly when Lewia tripled to start the bottom of the first and scored on Becker's double. Graichen followed with a single to drive in Becker, moved to second on a stolen base, took third on a Wheeler ground out, and scored on Peterson's RBI ground out.
Colby added three more runs in the second inning. Kelsey Yardumian (Boxborough, Maine) had a one-out walk, took second on a single by Roth, and scored on Lewia's single. With runners on second and third base, Graichen smacked a two-run single for a 6-0 margin.
Erica Pulford (Glen Rock, N.J.) walked with one out, stole second base, and scored on Caputo's single in the third inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Graichen scored Colby's final run after reaching on a fielder's choice. She stole second base -- her third of the game -- and scored on Wheeler's single.
Sara Moynihan (Enfield, Conn.) had both of the hits for Thomas (12-21-1 overall).
Colby 8, Thomas 0, 8 inn.
Thomas ........... 000 00 - 0 2 0
Colby............... 331 1X - 8 10 0
Pitchers: Thomas College - Pavento; Crowe (3). Colby - L. Becker.
Win- L. Becker (1-2) Loss- Pavento. 2B: Becker (C), Peterson (C). 3B: Lewia (C).