Softball goes 1-2 against Trinity

The Colby softball team opened up NESCAC play this past weekend as they ventured down to Hartford, CT to face the Bantams in a three-game series.

The Mules split the double-header on Friday, April 3. In the first game, the Mules got off to a slow start as they fell down 7-1 by the bottom of the fifth inning. However, co-captain Meaghan Lewia ’15 opened up the scoring by hitting a solo home run. Later in the same inning, Katie McLaughlin ’17 hammered a two-run shot. The long-ball frenzy continued through the next inning as Skylar Labbe ’18 hit a solo shot of her own. However, the hitting streak started too late as the Mules fell two runs short of a comeback, finishing 7-5.

The momentum that had started too late in the first game continued in the second and propelled the Mules to their first NESCAC win of the season. Tori Sansone ’16 and Robin Spofford ’17 kicked off the first inning with RBI singles. The second inning saw both captains, Lewia and Erica Pulford ’15, hit home runs to put the Mules up 4-0. Colby opened the game up in the fifth inning, as Labbe hit a two-run shot and Grace Farnkoff ’17 hit a double to give the Mules a five-run lead. Colby would go on to win 10-4.

On Saturday, Colby kicked off the last game of the series with Lewia hitting her third home run of the weekend on her first at bat. The Mules were rolling as they piled up a 5-0 lead entering the sixth inning; however, Trinity responded with a huge inning, scoring six straight runs. The Bantams would tack on another run late to hand Colby a second 7-5 loss.

Although the team was not completely satisfied with the results of the weekend, they did, according to Julia Perlmutter ’17, notice “overall improvements from last year.” The Mules failed to hit one home run all season last year, but the team hit seven in this weekend series alone. Additionally, last season Colby only scored 14 runs in all of their games combined, whereas they scored 24 this past weekend.

The Mules sit at 5-9 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC play. The team has a doubleheader on Wednesday as they host Husson University, and will resume NESCAC action by hosting Bates this upcoming weekend. “We know that we have the potential to be a powerful NESCAC team,” Perlmutter said. “We saw some great things in Florida, and we’re pumped to face the other NESCAC teams.”

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