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Softball 2015: Colby College

PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:02 am
by Tom Nolette
Colby softball: preview


WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College softball team heads into the 2014 season tonight with a veteran team and some newcomers who should make an impact right away for head coach Kristina Katori.

The Mules, who went 11-17 a year ago, will play a doubleheader at Emmanuel College on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The team then heads to the airport Saturday and will play 10 games in Clermont, Fla., starting Sunday with a 9 a.m. game against Oberlin College.

Colby returns five of its top six hitters from last year and two of three starting pitchers with 40 innings or more. The Mules have their entire infield returning and will have depth in the outfield.

Senior co-captains Aimee Polimeno (North Woodstock, N.H.) and Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) will lead the Mules. Polimeno threw the most innings (64.2) of any Colby pitcher last year and had three wins and four complete games. Wheeler, fresh off leading the women's hockey team as a captain and an All-NESCAC goalie, is back at third base after tying for the team lead in RBI (20) last year.

Junior Erica Pulford (Glen Rock, N.J.) and sophomore Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) will split time at catcher. Both are talented enough to also start in the outfield when they are not behind the plate. Pulford was fourth on the team in batting average last year, while Wolfington led the way in stolen bases (7-for-8) and sacrifices (7).

Sophomore Emily Schatz (Lyman, Maine) had a terrific first year with the Mules. She took over the tough shortstop position and committed just five errors in nearly 100 chances. Schatz also was third on the team in hitting (.300) and tied for first in RBI (20).

Second baseman Meaghan Lewia (Wells, Maine) and first baseman Tori Sansone (Glen Gardner, N.J.) return on the right side of the infield. Lewia had a breakout season last year, leading the Mules in batting average (.337), total hits (31), doubles (8), slugging percentage (.478), and on-base percentage (.413). Sansone led Colby in fielding percentage (.967) and was second in walks (11).

First-year Grace Farnkoff (Scarborough, Maine) will start in center field, while classmates Katie McLaughlin (Glenburn, Maine) and Robin Spofford (Cohasset, Mass.) will see time in the outfield and could play in the infield. Carolyn Bennett (Scarborough, Maine), Katherine Zafirson (Saco, Maine), and Kelsey Park (Presque Isle, Maine) return in the outfield. First-years Maria Ennamorati (Waldoboro, Maine) and Julia Perlmutter (Sherborn, Mass.) also will see time in the outfield.

Colby junior Megan Michie (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) will join Polimeno as the main two starters. Michie led the Mules in wins last year with four and had a 3.00 earned run average to go with 44 strikeouts in 46.2 innings of work. Kelsey Yardumian (Boxborough, Mass.), who pitched about 15 innings last year, will miss the season with an injury. Spofford could see some time on the mound.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:19 am
by Tom Nolette

BOSTON, Mass. --- Erica Pulford finished with a pair of hits and two RBI for the Colby College softball team, but Emmanuel College opened up a 5-0 lead and then held on for a 5-3 non-conference victory Friday night at Clemente Field.

The Mules were playing their season opener, while Emmanuel (6-7 overall) has been busy with 13 games so far this year. Colby heads to Florida for 10 games and takes on Oberlin College on Sunday at 9 a.m. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled because of cold weather.

Carylanne Wolfington also had two hits and scored one run for the Mules. Katie McLaughlin had the other Colby hit, drew a walk, and scored one run in her collegiate debut. Robin Spofford, also playing in her first game at Colby, had a walk and scored the other run.

Susie Kieselback doubled among her two hits, scored twice, and drove in one run for Emmanuel. Samantha Adams drove in a pair of runs, had one hit, and scored one run for the Saints.

Emmanuel scored three runs in the first inning to take early control. After two walks and a wild pitch, Kieselback doubled to drive in one run. After another walk and two outs, Emmanuel had the bases loaded and got another run on an RBI infield single by Kayla Howard. Julia Levins added an RBI walk for the other score.

The Saints made it 5-0 with two runs in the fourth inning. With two outs, Adams singled to left field to bring in both runs.

Colby fought back with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Wolfington and McLaughlin each had singles up the middle. Spofford walked to load the bases and then Wolfington scored on an error by Emmanuel's catcher. Pulford singled down the right field line to drive in Spofford and McLaughlin. Emily Schatz walked to load the bases, but the Saints got the final two outs to end the rally.

The Mules' best chance to score again was in the sixth. With one out, Wolfington singled to left field and McLaughlin followed with a walk. Emmanuel, though, got a line out to third and a strikeout to end the threat.

Val Kiers pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs to earn the Saint win. Jill Kilcoyne picked up the save with two innings of work.

Aimee Polimeno took the loss for the Mules with 3.2 innings of pitching. Megan Michie went the final 2.1 innings and did not allow a run, struck out two, and walked none.

Emmanuel 5, Colby 3

Aimee Polimeno (L, 0-1), Megan Michie (4) and Carylanne Wolfington; Val Kiers (W, 3-2), Jill Kilcoyne (6, S, 1) and Julia Levins. 2B: Susie Kieselback (E).

Re: Colby softball:

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:09 am
by Tom Nolette

CLERMONT, Fla. --- The Colby College softball team ran into some good pitching on Thursday in Florida in a 4-0 loss to Middlebury College and a 4-1 defeat to Carthage College.

The Mules did have some solid pitching as well, with only five of the eight runs earned against hurlers Aimee Polimeno and Megan Michie.

Polimeno pitched the first five innings and allowed three earned runs against Middlebury. Michie gave up just one hit over the final two innings.

In the Carthage game, Michie gave up two earned runs in five innings and Polimeno threw one inning and had just one walk.

Erica Pulford and Grace Farnkoff had singles in the Middlebury game for Colby (3-6 overall). The Panthers had an unearned run in the first inning, one more in the fourth, and two in the fifth.

Robin Spofford had one hit and reached on an error for the Mules against Carthage. Pulford and Katie McLaughlin had the other hits.

After Carthage scored twice in the first inning, Colby cut the lead in half in the second. McLaughlin had a one-out double, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on an error.

Middlebury 4, Colby 0
Middlebury.......... 100 120 0 - 4 7 1
Colby College....... 000 000 0 - 0 2 1
Pitchers: Middlebury - E. Morris (W); N. Stearns (5) and C. Vachow. Colby College - Aimee Polimeno (L); Megan Michie (6) and Carylanne Wolfington.
Carthage 4, Colby 1
Colby 010#000#0---1#3#1
Carthage 200#020#x----4#7#2
Megan Michie (L), Aimee Polimeno (6) and Erica Pulford; Tina Campbell (W) and Pelsor. 2B: Katie McLaughlin (Col), Abby Hanson (Car).

Re: Colby softball:

PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:54 am
by Tom Nolette
Colby release:


BANGOR, Maine --- Katie McLaughlin scored twice and had two hits from the lead-off spot for the Colby College softball team in a 6-5 win over Bates College in the nightcap of a NESCAC doubleheader at Husson College on Sunday night.

In the first game, Kira Shaikh had three hits and Maddie Inlow had a pair of doubles for the Bobcats in a 12-2 victory over Colby.

The doubleheader was originally set for Colby, but the games were moved to Husson's turf because the Mules' field still has snow.

Megan Michie struck out eight and walked one to earn the second game victory for Colby (4-9 overall, 1-1 NESCAC East).

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first of the second contest. Shaikh's single to left field brought in Alex Eliopoulos, who had earlier singled.

Colby answered with a lone run in the bottom of the first. McLaughlin led off with a double and then scored when she went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.

The Bobcats scored another run in the top of the second when Molly Brown was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. She was sacrificed over by Anna Berenson, moved to third on a single by Brenna Callahan, and scored on an RBI groundout by Karen Lockhart.

Colby went ahead for good with three runs in its second inning. Tori Sansone led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Meaghan Lewia. Maria Ennamorati reached on an error, Robin Spofford walked to load the bases, McLaughlin got on by another error as Sansone scored, Erica Pulford reached on a third error by the Bobcats that brought in Ennamorati for a 3-2 lead, and McLaughlin later came in with the fourth run on the fourth error of the inning.

The Mules added two important runs in the fourth inning. Lewia led off with a single, Spofford had a one-out walk, McLaughlin advanced the runners with a groundout, and Pulford followed with a two-run single for a 6-2 margin.

Bates scored three runs in the fifth for the final runs of the contest. Freedman singled to left, Shaikh doubled to left with one out, and Garbarino followed with another double to bring both runners home. With two outs, Berenson singled to left to bring in Garbarino with the third run of the inning.

The Bobcats (3-9, 1-3 NESCAC) only led 3-2 after five innings of the first game, but scored four in the sixth and five more in the seventh to pull away.

Garbarino and Molly Brown both had RBI singles in the inning. Garbarino brought in Inlow who had led off with a walk, while Brown scored Shaikh after she had doubled. Two Colby errors helped score the other two runs.

Shaikh and Lockhart had RBI singles in the seventh inning and teammates Inlow and Garbarino both doubled. The Mules again had two errors to bring in three unearned runs.

Freedman pitched a complete game in the opener, with six strikeouts and two walks.

Bates 12, Colby 2 (1st game)
Bates............... 300 004 5 - 12 10 0
Colby College....... 100 100 0 - 2 5 5
Pitchers: Bates - Kelsey Freedman (W) and Maddie Inlow. Colby College - Aimee Polimeno (L); Megan Michie (7) and Carylanne Wolfington, Erica Pulford (7). 2B: Maddie Inlow (B) 2, Kira Shaikh (B), Alayna Garbarino (B), Carylanne Wolfington (C).

Colby 6, Bates 5 (2nd game
Bates 110#030#0---5#10#4
Colby 130#200#x---6#6#3
Kelsey Freedman (L) and Maddie Inlow; Megan Michie (W) and Erica Pulford. 2B: Alayna Garbarino (B), Kira Shaikh (B), Maddie Inlow (B), Katie McLaughlin (C).


Re: Colby softball:

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:22 am
by Tom Nolette
Colby release:


BRUNSWICK, Maine --- Megan Michie pitched well and the Colby College softball team did not make an error behind her, but the Mules managed just one hit in a 2-0 NESCAC East loss at Bowdoin College on Friday.

The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday at noon at Bowdoin. Friday's game was scheduled for Colby, but the contest was moved because of wet field conditions.

Michie pitched all seven innings (Colby was considered the home team) and struck out four while walking one. Mule first baseman Tori Sansone had eight putouts and third baseman Brianne Wheeler had four putouts and three assists.

Both teams remained scoreless through four complete innings of play, combining for seven runners left on base.

Bowdoin finally broke through in the top of the fifth with Casey Correa tagging a leadoff single. Siena Mitman entered the game to run for Correa and quickly stole second to put herself in scoring position. Adriane Krul tallied an RBI single that allowed Mitman to score and put Bowdoin on top 1-0.

Melissa DellaTorre retired the side in order for the next two innings, with Colby doing the same to Bowdoin (14-6, 3-1 NESCAC East) in the sixth. Correa collected her second hit of the day with a solo shot to right center field, giving Bowdoin the 2-0 lead.

Grace Farnkoff had Colby's lone hit in the game, a single in the fourth inning. Katie McLaughlin had a pair of walks for the Mules (4-10, 1-2).

Bowdoin 2, Colby 0
Bowdoin............. 000 010 1 - 2 6 2 (14-6, 3-1)
Colby College....... 000 000 0 - 0 1 0 (4-10, 1-2)
Pitchers: Bowdoin - Melissa DellaTorre (W) and Casey Correa. Colby College - Megan Michie (L) and Erica Pulford. HR: Casey Correa (B).


Re: Colby softball:

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:31 am
by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Meaghan Lewia (Wells, Maine) singled in Carolyn Bennett (Scarborough, Maine) with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and Colby College's Megan Michie (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) had some clutch pitching to help the Mules to a 6-5 win over Thomas College in non-conference softball at Crafts Field.

A doubleheader was scheduled to be played at Thomas, but its field was not ready for play. While Colby hosted the game, the Terriers still had last at-bats. The second game was not played due to darkness.

Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) went 3-for-4, scored twice, and drove in one run for Colby (5-12 overall). Emily Schatz (Lyman, Maine) had three hits and scored twice, while Lewia finished with three hits and one RBI. Grace Farnkoff (Scarborough, Maine) added two hits and one RBI.

Alyssa Eugley (Sidney, Maine) had two hits, walked once, and drove in two runs for Thomas. Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass.) had one hit, a run, and drove in two runs. Lauren Hackey also had a hit and one run scored.

Both teams scored one run in the ninth inning to send it to 10 innings. Farnkoff had an RBI groundout in the ninth to score Schatz with Colby's run. Thomas answered when Eugley had an RBI groundout to plate Laren.

Colby opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning. Tori Sansone (Glen Gardner, N.J.) led off with a double and Wolfington followed with a single and both runners moved up an extra base on a Thomas throwing error for a 1-0 lead. Wolfington eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Kelsey Park (Presque Isle, Maine).

The Mules scored on a third RBI groundout in the top of the sixth inning. Wolfington scored on the out by Katie McLaughlin (Glenburn, Maine).

Colby took a 4-0 lead in the top of the seventh on what turned out to be a big run. Wolfington's RBI single brought in Schatz with two outs.

The Terriers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. Laren had a two-run single to bring in Taylor Jordan (Kingfield, Maine) and Brianne Gonzalez (Orange, Calif.). Thomas also had an RBI walk from Mary Ortiz (Fillmore, Calif.) and got the tying run when Eugley doubled to score Gabrielle Martell (Windham, Maine).

Colby 6, Thomas 5, 10 inn.
Colby 020#001#101#1---6#14#0
Thomas 000#000#401#0---5#4#3
Aimee Polimeno, Megan Michie (7, W, 3-7) and Carylanne Wolfington, Erica Pulford (9). Kelsey Crowe (L, 6-3) and Lindsy Hoopingarner. 2B: Meaghan Lewia (C), Emily Schatz (C) 2, Tori Sansone (C), Alyssa Eugley (T).


Re: Colby Softball:

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:50 am
by Tom Nolette

HARTFORD, Conn. --- The Colby College softball team cut the lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning, but Trinity College added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to pull away for a 7-1 victory in NESCAC East play Friday.

The Mules, who fall to 5-13 overall and 1-5 in the league, and Trinity (7-16 overall, 5-5 NESCAC East) will play two more games Saturday at noon.

Brianne Wheeler, Meaghan Lewia, and Katie McLaughlin had hits for the Mules.

The Bantams had the first four batters in the first inning reach on two singles and two walks. Abby Ostrom had an RBI single and finished with two hits, two runs, and two RBI on the day.

The Mules scored their run in the fourth inning when McLaughlin led off with a single and eventually scored on a single by Lewia.

Trinity added a second unearned run in the fifth inning on a one-out outfielder error. Olivia Berry had an RBI double to drive in the run.

Trinity clinched the win with three runs in the sixth. Ostrom and Erica Correa each had RBI singles in the inning.

Trinity 7, Colby 1
Colby College....... 000 100 0 - 1 3 1
Trinity (Conn.)..... 300 013 X - 7 9 3
Pitchers: Colby College - Megan Michie (L); Aimee Polimeno (6) and Erica Pulford;
Carylanne Wolfington (6). Trinity (Conn.) - Hannah King (W) and Abby Ostrom. 2B: Olivia Berry (T).

Re: Colby Softball:

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:22 am
by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College softball team only had 10 hits in two games, but the Mules had one big inning in each contest to earn a 7-2 and 5-4 doubleheader sweep of University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday at Crafts Field.

Megan Michie allowed one earned run, struck out six, and walked two in a complete game victory in the opener. She entered the game in relief in the second game and earned the win when Colby fought back for the win.

The Mules improve to 7-16 overall, while the Beavers drop to 10-8.

Colby scored all seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to turn a 2-0 deficit into a victory. In the nightcap, the Mules trailed 4-0 before scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Katherine Zafirson reached on an error to start the sixth inning in the second game. After an out, Erica Pulford singled to right field. Emily Schatz followed with another single to drive in Zafirson. A groundout by Brianne Wheeler advanced the runners up a base and Meaghan Lewia doubled to center field to bring in both runners. After a walk to Tori Sansone, Lewia and Sansone both stole bases. Carylanne Wolfington drove in both runners with a single for a 5-4 lead.

UMF scored a single run in the second, two in the fourth, and one more in the sixth inning. Kennadi Grover led off the second with a single and later scored on a fielder's choice by Natasha DeRoche. In the fourth, Meryl Bond led off with a double, Dayle Jordan had a two-out walk, and both runners scored on a triple by Shelby Bryant. Jordan added the fourth run when she reached by error and later scored on a single by Emily Soule.

In the second game, UMF scored twice in the top of the fifth to take the lead. Alison Hamilton and Bryant both singled and later scored on a two-run single by Katie Clark.

Robin Spofford and Katie McLaughlin got the Colby seventh off to a good start with back-to-back walks. UMF had two straight errors that brought in both runners. Lewia came up with a two-run double to score Schatz and pinch-runner Julia Perlmutter. Sansone followed with a single to bring in Lewia and suddenly it was a 5-2 game. Wolfington had a double to bring in Sansone and Grace Farnkoff had a single to plate Wolfington for the final run.

UMF pitchers did not allow an earned run in either game. Soule took the tough 5-4 loss, while Kristen Manzo dropped the second game.

Colby 7, Maine-Farmington 2 (1st game)
UMF 000#020#0---2#5#2
Colby 000#070#x---7#5#1
Kristen Manzo (L) and Allison White; Megan Michie (W) and Erica Pulford. 2B: Meaghan Lewia (C), Carylanne Wolfington (C).

Colby 5, Maine-Farmington 4 (2nd game)
UMF 010#201#0---4#8#1
Colby 000#005#x---5#5#1
Emily Soule (L) and Meryl Bond; Aimee Polimeno, Megan Michie (6, W) and Carylanne Wolfington, Erica Pulford (6). 2B: Meryl Bond (UMF), Katie Clark (UMF), Amy Jones (UMF), Kennadi Grover (UMF), Meaghan Lewia (C), Brianne Wheeler (C). 3B: Shelby Bryant (UMF).


Re: Colby Softball:

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:43 am
by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Despite two hits apiece from Erica Pulford and Emily Schatz, the Colby College softball team ended the season with a 10-1 loss to second-ranked Tufts University on Saturday at Crafts Field.

Cassie Ruscz belted two home runs and Erica County pitched a complete game for the Jumbos.

The second-ranked Jumbos are 31-3 overall and 12-0 in the conference, while the Mules finish 7-19 and 1-11 in the league.

Tufts scored three times in the first inning and added four more in the second to take control early.

Michelle Cooprider opened the game with a double and moved to third on a single by Sara Hedtler. Jo Clair reached on a fielder's choice and Cooprider came in with the first run. Cassie Ruscz followed with a two-run homer to left field for a 3-0 lead.

In the second inning, Bri Keenan also started the inning with a double and moved to third on a single by Christina Raso. Cooprider followed with her second double of the young game to score both runners. After an out, Clair singled Cooprider to third base to force a pitching change. Ruscz had a single to bring in Cooprider and Clair scored on a sacrifice fly by Gracie Marshall.

The Jumbos added an unearned run in the fourth. Hedtler opened the inning with a single and Clair was walked. Ruscz reached on an error and Hedtler scored on the play for an 8-0 lead.

Colby also scored a lone run in the fourth inning. Carylanne Wolfington had a one-out walk and took third on a single by Grace Farnkoff. Kelsey Park had an RBI groundout to bring in Wolfington.

Ruscz opened the top of the seventh inning with her second homer of the game. The other run was unearned after Marissa Heyer reached on an error and later scored on a single by Keenan.

County had two strikeouts, two walks, and allowed five hits for Tufts. Megan Michie came into the game in relief in the second inning for Colby and allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings.

Ruscz finished with three hits, four RBI, and a pair of runs. Cooperider added her two doubles to go with two runs and two RBI. Keenan finished with three hits, while Hedtler and Raso both had two hits.

Erica Pulford and Emily Schatz both had two hits for Colby. Grace Farnkoff had the other hit.

Colby first baseman Tori Sansone finished the season without an error on 178 chances.

Tufts 10, Colby 1
Tufts............... 340 100 2 - 10 14 2
Colby College....... 000 100 0 - 1 5 2
Pitchers: Tufts - Erica County (W) and Jo Clair. Colby College - Aimee Polimeno (L); Megan Michie (2) and Carylanne Wolfington; Erica Pulford. 2B: Michelle Cooprider (T), Bri Keenan (T). HR: Cassie Ruscz (T) 2.


Re: Colby Softball:

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:01 am
by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Pitcher Megan Michie (Rhinebeck, N.Y), who has the highest grade-point average of any student-athlete at Colby College, was named to the CoSIDA District 1 Softball All-Academic Team on Monday.

Michie, a junior double major in Biology and Classics, is now eligible to earn Academic All-American honors. District 1 is made up of the New England colleges.

Michie led Colby's softball team in wins (5), complete games (4), and innings pitched (98).

Heading into her final year at Colby, Michie has 14 career wins, 237.1 innings of pitching, and 184 strikeouts.

CoSIDA District 1 All-Academic Team
NCAA Division III
Pitchers: Megan Michie, Colby, junior; Emma Harrington, Williams, junior; Amber White, Bridgewater State, senior; Nora Galvin, Plymouth State, senior
Catcher: Jo Clair, Tufts, senior; Juliana Fekete, WPI, senior
Infield: Gracie Marshall, Tufts, junior; Sam Curran, Wentworth, junior; Jennifer Migliore, Wellesley, senior; Katie Bumila, WPI, junior
Outfield: Maya Lacy, Babson, sophomore; Ali Graebner, Williams, senior; Emma Hart, Wheaton, sophomore; Jocelyn Agnelli, Western New England, junior; Kaitlin Silkowtz, Amherst, senior.