GORHAM, Maine – First-year Megan Michie (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) struck out 14 batters and allowed just four hits in the second game of a non-conference softball doubleheader as the Colby College Mules edged the University of Southern Maine Huskies by a single run in both games to take the sweep Wednesday.
Colby defeated the Huskies 4-3 in eight innings in the opener and downed USM 2-1 in the second game.
With the pair of wins, Colby improves to 10-19 on the season. The two losses drops the Huskies overall record to 4-32.
Michie improve to 4-6 on the season, scattering four hits over seven innings. Michie allowed one earned run – a solo home run from USM junior Katie Davis in the bottom of the fourth inning – and gave up three walks.
Trailing 1-0 on an unearned run in the top of the second, USM's Davis gave the Huskies' the equalizer with her third home run of the season.
After Davis' solo shot, both teams were unable to plate a run in the fifth or sixth innings and the score remained tied at 1-1. The Mules were able to score the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to secure the sweep. After allowing the first two hitters to reach base safely on a walk and an infield single, the Huskies twice cut down the lead runner on plays from the shortstop to the third baseman. However, Colby sophomore Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) delivered a two-out RBI single to center field in the clutch for a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Michie continued her strong performance. With runners on first and second with one out, Michie retired the final two USM batters on strikeouts.
With the score deadlocked 1-1 through seven innings in the opener, the Mules plated three runs in the top of the eighth and held on for a 4-3 victory. Sophomore Aimee Polimeno (North Woodstock, N.H.) earned the win allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks. Polimeno, who had nine strikeouts, fired all eight innings.
Colby senior Katie Graichen (Arundel, Maine) had a sacrifice fly for the Mules first RBI of the inning, while first-year Eric Pulford (Glen Rock, N.J.) knocked in the game-winning runs with a two-run single down the right field line.
The Huskies made a game of it in the bottom of the inning plating two runs.