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Softball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:54 am

PENOYER NAMED INTERIM HEAD SOFTBALL COACH AT COLBY

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Robin Penoyer, with head coaching experience on the college and high school levels, was named Tuesday as the interim head coach of softball at Colby College.

Colby head coach Kristina Katori is on medical leave and cannot coach the upcoming 2015 season.

Penoyer has extensive experience on the field as a player and off the field as a head coach and assistant coach.

"I'm really excited to get back to what I really love doing," Penoyer said. "I'm really grateful for this new experience and Maine is such a wonderful part of the country."

Penoyer was the head softball coach and head women's soccer coach at Morrisville State College from 2002 to 2010. While at Morrisville, she formed and started the school's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

After her time at Morrisville, Penoyer was named head softball coach at the Clinton (N.Y.) School District in 2011 and held the job until coming to Colby.

Penoyer started her collegiate coaching career as a pitching coach for Colgate University in 1995-96 and helped the Red Raiders win a Patriot League title. She went to Hamilton College for two years (1998 and 1999) and helped the Continentals go from 0-26 in 1997 to 13-17 just two years later.

Penoyer was a dominant pitcher for the University of Minnesota, earning All-Big Ten Second Team honors. She played on the Golden Gophers' 1991 Big Ten title team and had the team's lowest earned run average at 0.88. Penoyer helped Minnesota reach the NCAA tourney and she threw in the Golden Gophers' first NCAA regional win over Texas A&M.

Before she played for the Golden Gophers, Penoyer once held the high school national record with seven consecutive no-hit games thrown while at Stockbridge Valley High School. After her time at Minnesota, Penoyer pitched in the Professional Fastpitch Extreme Tour, with the Women's Major Fastpitch League, and Women's Fastpitch Nationals. During this time, Penoyer also was head coach for softball at Stockbridge Valley from 1993 to 2002.

The Mules went 7-19 a year ago, but do have their top five hitters returning and their leading pitcher.

"I met with the team during my interview and really liked them," Penoyer said. "They seem eager and really want to learn. I think we are going to have fun."

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Re: Softball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:55 am

Colby softball looks for turnaround under new coach
Interim coach Robin Penoyer is looking to address issues at the plate this spring.

Colby College softball hit .190 as a team last year and was outscored by nearly three runs per game. This year’s coach, Robin Penoyer, first made her mark on softball as a pitcher, but also still wants to address those numbers. “Ninety percent of fly balls are outs, so I don’t want to see you lifting the ball. I want to see you drive through the ball,” Penoyer said. “I don’t want it to be mini-baseball. I want it to be fast-pitch softball. We’re going to play the short game — we’re going to try to, anyway.”...

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Re: Softball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:30 pm

COLBY SOFTBALL HEADS TO FLORIDA TO OPEN SEASON

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College softball team heads to Florida with a number of players back from a year ago and interim head coach Robin Penoyer in charge for the 2015 season.

The Mules open the season in Clermont on Sunday at 9 a.m. against MIT. Colby will play 10 games on the spring break trip. The team is scheduled to play at home against University of New England in a doubleheader on March 31.

Senior captains Erica Pulford (Glen Rock, N.J.) and Meaghan Lewia (Wells, Maine) will be the leaders for Penoyer, who had an accomplished pitching career at the University of Minnesota and has college and high school coaching experience.

Pulford is back at catcher and can play in the outfield. She has a career 97.3 fielding percentage and made a collegiate-low two errors last year. Lewia will play at second base and is Colby's active career hit leader with 83 in her first three seasons. She hit over .300 her first two seasons and has speed with 14 stolen bases.

Pitching depth and consistent hitting will be keys for Colby in 2015. Last year's team struggled from the plate and had only two pitchers throw innings.

Senior right-hander Megan Michie is one of Colby's top students and has thrown for 237.1 innings in her first three years. She led the Mules in wins (5), innings pitched (98) and earned run average. First-year Julia Saul (Palo Alto, Calif.) and sophomore Robin Spofford (Cohasset, Mass.) also will throw for the Mules.

The Mules return all but one player from the infield. Tori Sansone (Califon, N.J.) had a 1.000 fielding percentage at first base, with no errors in 178 chances. Katie McLaughlin (Glenburn, Maine) played at shortstop in her first year and had a 97.4 fielding percentage, but will move to third base after Brianne Wheeler graduated. While Lewia is back at second base, Colby will have a new shortstop in junior Emily Schatz (Lyman, Maine). Schatz, who was second on the team in batting (.270) last year, played in the outfield and was a designated hitter last season.

First-years Kathleen Mason (East Sandwich, Mass.) and Vanessa Warshaw (Westwood, Mass.), and sophomore newcomer Emma Berger (Newtonville, Mass.) are other infielders and each could play in the outfield. Mason could see time at shortstop, Berger at third base, and Warshaw on first.

The Mules have plenty of depth at catcher, with Pulford the veteran influence. Junior Katherine Zafirson (Saco, Maine) and first-years Jess Thulin (North Reading, Mass.), Skylar Labbe (Danville, N.H.), and Zena Robert (Fairfax Station, Va.) all could see time behind the plate. Thulin had a terrific first season as goaltender for the Colby women's hockey team. All the women could see time in the outfield.

Sophomore Grace Farnkoff (Scarborough, Maine) started most of the season in center field and had just one error. Spofford also had only one error playing in the outfield. Sophomore Julia Perlmutter (Sherborn, Mass.) also will see time in the outfield.

The Mules were much improved defensively a year ago. Colby had 36 errors in 26 games after committing 51 in 28 contests in 2013.

Colby will need to improve on its first inning and seventh inning play. The Mules were outscored 30-6 in the first inning last year and 17-3 in the seventh inning.

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Re: Softball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:01 am

COLBY SOFTBALL OPENS SEASON WITH TWO WINS

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The bottom third of the order went 7-for-8, scored three runs, and drove in four to help the Colby College softball team to a 7-3 win over Oberlin College on Sunday.

The Mules also scored the lone run of the game in the top of the seventh inning and received a four-hit shutout from Julia Saul in her collegiate debut in a 1-0 win over MIT.

Colby interim head coach Robin Penoyer earned her first victories for the Mules in the opening two games of the season. The Mules will play Middlebury College at 9 a.m. Monday and follow with Carthage at 11 a.m.

While all nine Colby batters had hits against Oberlin, the final three in the order came up big. Grace Farnkoff had three singles, scored twice, and drove in one run. First-year Kathleen Mason added two hits, three RBI, and scored one run. Erica Pulford hit ninth and went 2-for-2 and had a sacrifice.

Meaghan Lewia had two hits, drove in two, and had one run. Katie McLaughlin also had two hits and scored one run. Emily Schatz and Emma Berger both had one hit and scored one run, Skylar Labbe had one hit and drove in one run, and Tori Sansone had one single.

Megan Michie had a strong debut with a complete game five-hit victory. She allowed only two earned runs, struck out three and walked none.

Oberlin struck for a run in the second inning, but the Mules took back the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs, McLaughlin and Farnkoff had back-to-back singles and each advanced on a stolen base. Mason smacked a two-run single.

After Oberlin tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth, Colby once again took control in the bottom of the frame. McLaughlin got it going again with a lead-off single and was followed by a single from Farnkoff. Mason got on by a fielder's choice where McLaughlin was out at third. Lewia followed with a single to drive in both runs and she took third on an error. Labbe singled in Lewia with Colby's fifth run of the game.

The Yeowomen added a single run in the top of the fifth inning, but the Mules again countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Schatz led off with a single, moved to second when Berger was hit by a pitch, and then both runners moved up when McLaughlin put down a sacrifice bunt. Farnkoff brought in Schatz with a single and Mason followed with another single to plate Berger.

Saul went up against an MIT, which already owned a 1-0 victory over Amherst College. She struck out two and was helped out by no Colby errors behind her.

Farnkoff and Lewia had hits in the game and McLaughlin finished with a walk.

Colby 7, Oberlin 3
Oberlin College..... 010 110 0 - 3 5 0
Colby.....................020 320 X - 7 15 1
Pitchers: Oberlin College - K. Pieplow; S. Kibble (6) and D. Goldstein. Colby - Megan Michie and Erica Pulford. Win-Megan Michie (1-0) Loss-K. Pieplow (1-3). 2B: Evans (O), Kibble (O).

Colby 1, MIT 0
Colby 000 000 1 -1 3 0
MIT 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
Pitchers: Colby: Julia Saul (W, 1-0); MIT: Ellie Fodor (L).

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Re: Softball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:52 am

COLBY SOFTBALL BEATS MIDDLEBURY, FALLS TO CARTHAGE

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Colby College's Julia Saul earned her second win in as many starts and still has not allowed an earned run in her young collegiate career in the Mules' 4-2 win over Middlebury College in softball on Monday.

Colby fell 7-2 to Carthage College in its second game. The Mules improved to 3-1 overall heading into Tuesday's games with D'Youville (9 a.m.) and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (11 a.m.).

Saul gave up seven hits, struck out three, and walked three in her complete game. Middlebury scored twice in the fourth inning, but both runs were unearned.

The Mules scored three times in the top of the third inning. With Robin Spofford on second base and Emily Schatz on first, Tori Sansone homered to center field with a line drive shot.

The Panthers cut the margin to 3-2 with the two runs in the fourth, but Colby doubled the lead with a lone run in the sixth. Sansone had her second big hit of the game, a double with one out. Jess Thulin came into run for Sansone and scored on Grace Farnkoff's single to right field.

In the second, Carthage went up 7-0 before the Mules scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Lewia had two hits, while Schatz and Spofford both had one hit.

Colby 4, Middlebury 2
Colby 003#001#0--4#7#1
Middlebury 000#200#0--2#7#1
Julia Saul (W, 2-0) and Erica Pulford; Allison Quigley (L). 2B: Tori Sansone (C). 3B: Carlyn Vachow (M). HR: Tori Sansone (C).
Carthage 7, Colby 2
Carthage 200 221 0 7 9 5
Colby 000 000 2 2 4 2
Jessica Kirby (L). Megan Michie (L), Julia Saul (5) and Erica Pulford. 2B: Jessica Catinella (Car), Tiffani Palmatier (Car), Becky Cronk (Car).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:33 am

SOFTBALL TEAM DROPS TWO GAMES IN FLORIDA

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Grace Farnkoff and Skylar Labbe both had two hits for the Colby College softball team in a tough 3-2 loss to Union College on Thursday.

The Mules (3-5 overall) also dropped a 5-1 game to Lawrence. Colby finishes the spring break trip to Florida on Friday with games against Buena Vista (9 a.m.) and another meeting with Lawrence (1 p.m.).

Colby scored two runs in the first inning against Union and held a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning. The Dutchwomen had single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to pull out the victory.

Both of Labbe's hits were doubles. Emily Schatz also had one hit, a run, and one RBI. Katie McLaughlin singled, walked, and scored a run.

Julia Saul went the distance for the Mules, striking out one and walking one.

In the Lawrence game, Robin Spofford went 2-for-2, had two stolen bases, a sacrifice, and scored a run. Farnkoff added two more hits, while Schatz and Erica Pulford both had one hit.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:10 am

COLBY SOFTBALL EARNS 3-2 WIN OVER UNE

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The Colby College softball team took advantage of two University of New England errors to score twice in the sixth inning and then held on for a 3-2 non-conference win Wednesday.

The Mules, now 4-7 overall, were supposed to be playing at home. With Colby's field not ready, the game was moved to UNE. The Mules still had the last at-bats.

Colby's Julia Saul tossed a complete game and allowed four hits, struck out five, and walked three while throwing 106 pitches. She also went 1-for-2 from the plate.

Tori Sansone went 2-for-2 and scored a run to lead Colby's offense. Meaghan Lewia had a hit and scored a run, while Emily Schatz doubled and drove in one run. Grace Farnkoff scored one run and Katherine Zafirson drove in one run.

After the Nor'easters scored one run in the top of the first, Colby tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Lewia singled, stole second, and came around to score on an RBI double by Schatz.

Both pitchers settled in nicely and the game stayed at 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Sansone walked to get things going. Farnkoff's sacrifice bunt was mishandled for an error by the UNE second baseman. The Mules tried to sacrifice again with Saul and her bunt was thrown away by the first baseman, allowing Sansone to score and bringing Farnkoff to third base. Zafirson's sacrifice fly to right brought in Farnkoff for a 3-1 lead.

Zafirson's RBI proved to be important after UNE's Cat Ouellette smacked a one-out triple in the seventh. Colby traded an out for a run when Mollie Bartles had an RBI grounder to second base. Saul got Sydney Helmbrecht to fly out to right field for the final out.

The Mules were scheduled to host Trinity College in a single game Friday at 4 p.m., but the game and Saturday's noon doubleheader will now be played in Hartford.

Colby 3, U. New England 2
UNE 100#000#1--2#4#2
Colby 100#002#x--3#5#0
Abby Lambert (L) and Paige Moore-Haskell; Julia Saul (W) and Erica Pulford. 2B: Emily Schatz (C). 3B: Cat Ouellette (UNE).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:45 am

COLBY SOFTBALL EARNS SPLIT, LEAGUE WIN OVER TRINITY

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Colby College and Trinity College softball teams combined to score 26 runs and smack 20 extra-base hits in a split of a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Campus Field.

The Bantams won the opener, 7-5, and the Mules took the nightcap, 10-4. The Mules are 5-8 overall and 1-1 in league play heading into Saturday's single game with Trinity at noon. The Bantams moved to 4-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

In the nightcap, Colby scored four runs in the first two innings to chase the Bantams starter and never looked back en route to the victory.

Skylar Labbe led the offensive attack for the Mules, going 3-of-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. She belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning to help Colby pull away. Labbe also singled and scored in a three-run sixth inning.

Robin Spofford was 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in the Colby win. Grace Farnkoff finished with three RBI and a pair of hits. Kate McLaughlin doubled and scored twice.

Meaghan Lewia homered in both games for the Mules. She and Erica Pulford hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning of the Colby victory.

Lewia also had a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the opener. McLaughlin also had a two-run homer in the fifth. Emily Schatz was a perfect 4-for-4 and scored one run, while Labbe joined Lewia with homers in both games with a solo shot in the sixth.

Julia Saul went the distance for Colby to earn her fourth win of the spring in the second game. She struck out four and walked four while allowing just two earned runs. Saul allowed three earned runs in the first game and struck out three.

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Re: Softball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:53 am

COLBY SOFTBALL PLAYER LEWIA HONORED BY NESCAC

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College senior Meaghan Lewia (Wells/Wells, Maine), who homered in three straight league games, was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week on Monday.

Lewia homered in three straight conference games against Trinity College and batted .462 in four games during the week. She also scored five runs, had five stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .533, and a slugging percentage of 1.230.

A second baseman and co-captain, Lewia had 23 chances at second base and made one error for a .957 fielding percentage. The Mules rank first in the NESCAC in team fielding at .963.

Lewia is batting .333 and has no strikeouts in 48 at-bats. She is 7-for-7 in stolen bases and has a .563 slugging percentage. Lewia ranks first in the conference in stolen bases and is tied for first in home runs (3).

Lewia reached 99 career hits during the weekend and heads into her next game with a chance for the milestone 100. She has a .298 career batting average, 22 doubles, 56 runs scored, and is 21-for-25 in stolen bases.

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Re: Softball 2015: Colby College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:35 am

LEWIA REACHES 100 CAREER HITS FOR COLBY SOFTBALL

BANGOR, Maine -- Colby College's Meaghan Lewia homered in her fourth straight game and reached 100 career hits in the Mules' 6-1 and 3-2 losses to Husson University in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday night.

Lewia finally had her homer streak snapped in the second game, but she added a double in that contest. She has 101 career hits, securing hit 100 after opening the bottom of the first inning with a home run in the opening game. Lewia had hit one home run in each of three games at Trinity College over the weekend.

Husson (9-7 overall) scored three times in the top of the first inning and added solo runs in the second, fifth, and seventh innings. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Colby, but was moved to Husson because the Mules' field is too wet for use. Colby had second at-bats in both games.

The Eagles had eight extra-base hits out of their 10 hits in the game. Lyndsey Merrill and Sami Schultz both had a double and triple.

Robin Spofford led the Mules (5-11) with a pair of hits. Tori Sansone and Grace Farnkoff each had one hit.

In the second game, Colby wasted a terrific pitching effort from Megan Michie. The senior right-hander allowed no earned runs, just two hits, had eight strikeouts, and two walks. Michie, though, was hurt by four Colby errors after the Mules had none in the opening game.

Colby had four extra-base hits among its six hits in the nightcap. Lewia, Sansone, Kathleen Mason, and Erica Pulford had doubles. Sansone led the way with two hits, while Emily Schatz had one hit and drove in one run.

Husson 6, Colby 1 (1st game)
Husson 310#010#1--6#10#2
Colby 100#000#0--1#5#0
Kayla Merrill (W) and Casey Lopes; Julia Saul (L) and Skylar Labbe. 2B: Lyndsey Merrill (H), Deb Colpitts (H) 2, Sami Schultz (H). 3B: Lyndsey Merrill (H), Casey Lopes (H), Sami Schultz (H), Nicole Andrade (H). HR: Meaghan Lewia (C).
Husson 3, Colby 2 (2nd game)
Husson 200#010#0--3#2#0
Colby 000#002#0--2#6#4
Alannah Healy (W), Deb Colpitts (7, S) and Casey Lopes; Megan Michie (L) and Erica Pulford. 2B: Meaghan Lewia (C), Tori Sansone (C), Kathleen Mason (C), Erica Pulford (C).

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