Softball has nice mix of veterans, newcomers in 2013

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 20, 2013
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Brianne Wheeler led the Mules offense in 2012 (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine ---- The Colby College softball team heads into the 2013 season with expectations of improving last year's 12-20 record with a nice mix of veteran players and some promising newcomers.

The Mules open the season in Florida on Sunday at 9 a.m. against Middlebury College in Clermont. Colby also plays University of Chicago later at 1 p.m. Sunday among the 10 contests. The Mules will open at home in a doubleheader against Maine Maritime Academy on Wednesday, April 3, at 4 p.m.

Colby had plenty of bad luck and injury problems last year in starting 2-8 during the Florida trip. The Mules went 10-12 the rest of the way, including taking two of three games against league rival Trinity College at the end of the season. Three of Colby's league losses came by one run.

Junior third baseman Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) led Colby a year ago in batting average (.385), total hits (40), doubles (9), RBI (26), total bases (52), slugging percentage (.500), and on-base percentage (.439). She has 60 hits in two seasons and is batting .353 for her career.

Senior Lindsay Peterson (Fairfield, Conn.) and sophomores Erin Caputo (Sayville, N.Y.) and Erica Pulford (Glen Rock, N.J.) will be tri-captains for head coach Kristina Katori. Peterson was third on the team in batting average (.344) last year, was 6-for-6 in stolen bases, and has committed just two errors in three years in the outfield. Caputo had two wins in 32.1 innings of pitching and also played first base. Pulford had a .980 fielding percentage at catcher and started all 32 games in her first year.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Megan Michie (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) tossed 92.2 innings last year and had 88 strikeouts and 20 walks. She threw 10 complete games and earned a team-best five victories. Aimee Polimeno (North Woodstock, N.H.), a junior lefty, won three games while throwing 54.2 innings. Senior left-handed pitcher Lauren Becker (Falls Church, Va.) threw 28.1 innings last year and has 13 career pitching wins. Junior right-hander Kelsey Yardumian (Boxborough, Mass.) also returns.

Becker hit .275 last year and saw time at first base and in left field. While Peterson patrolled center field, Carolyn Bennett played right field in her first year and was fourth on the team in batting average (.323) and second in on-base percentage (.389).

Junior outfielder Kelsey Park also returns for the Mules. First-years Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) will do some catching and could play a number of the infield and outfield positions depending on where she is needed. First-year Emily Schatz (Lyman, Maine) also could play in the infield or outfield.

Sophomore Meaghan Lewia (Wells, Maine) played shortstop last year and started all 32 games. She led the Mules in runs scored (22) and was fifth in batting (.302). Lewia also could play some second base with the loss of Katie Graichen (.346) to graduation.

Tori Sansone (Glen Gardner, N.J.) and Katherine Zafirson (Saco, Maine) are two other first-years looking to make an impact. Sansone is an infielder and Zafirson could catch and play other positions.

 


 
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