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Softball—2008-09 Season Overview
2009 Season Outook
Minichino batted .333 last year and finished with a pair of home runs and 12 RBI. Starr was a .324 hitter last year and led the team in put outs (196) from her first base position. Meanwhile, Crowell had a 7-2 record to lead the team in wins and also led the way in innings pitched (71.0).
Alex Essman earned NESCAC second team honors last year after leading Colby in batting average (.382) of players with 20 at-bats or more, runs scored (22), total hits (39), doubles (9), triples (tied with 3), home runs (10), RBI (36), and slugging percentage (.824). Essman also played right field and made just one error in 36 chances.
Brittany Tasi went 4-4 a year ago and led the team in earned run average at 1.93.
The Mules open the 2009 season with their annual Florida trip to Fort Myers for 10 games from March 21-28.
2008 Season Recap
The Colby softball team finished the 2008 season with a 17-14 record. The team started on a high note, winning its first five games in Florida. Pitcher Lyss Crowell '09 won both ends of the opening-day doubleheader against SUNY-New Paltz, with third baseman Carlie Minichino '09 picking up five hits for the day and right-fielder Alex Essman '11 hitting two home runs, one in her very first collegiate at-bat.
The team returned from spring break in Ft. Myers with a 6-4 record, including a win over Middlebury. Pitchers Brittany Tasi '10, Lyss Crowell '09, and Amanda Roehn '08 each garnered two wins in Florida.
After returning home the team did not fare well against Trinity and Tufts, but came on strong later in the season to beat Bates two out of three and Bowdoin two out of three to capture the CBB crown. Minichino stung Bowdoin's pitcher by hitting her third game-winning home run in three seasons off of the same player.
Tasi pitched a gem against Division I U. Maine Orono, allowing just one run and five hits. Tasi finished the year with a 4-4 record and the team's lowest earned run average (1.93).
Essman capped a big first year by being named to NESCAC All-Conference second team. Essman led the NESCAC in home runs (10), RBI (36), and was tied for the league lead in triples. She led Colby in just about every offensive category, including batting average of players with 25 at-bats or more (.379), homers, RBI, doubles (9), total hits (39), runs (22), and slugging percentage (.816).Recognized for major contributions to the team were outfielder and Rookie of the Year Essman, pitcher and Most Improved Player Tasi, second baseman and Best Defensive Player Mollie Puskar '08, outfielder and Coaches Award winner Alaina Clark '08, and pitcher and Most Valuable Player Amanda Roehn '08.