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Franklin homers in softball loss to Colby

Katie Franklin '07

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Senior Katie Franklin had both of the Bates' softball team's two hits, including a solo home run, as the Bobcats lost 5-1 at Colby College in a NESCAC East Division game on Thursday.

Colby coach Dick Bailey earned his 400th career victory, after 23 seasons at St. Joseph’s (Maine) College, Westbrook College (now University of New England) and Colby.

Alyssa Crowell (Gilford, N.H.) improved to 4-1 this season with a two-hitter for Colby. She had four strikeouts and no walks while pitching to just two batters over the minimum.

Bates (4-8, 2-4) got its lone run when Franklin (New Preston, Conn.) hit a homer in the fourth inning with two outs.

The Mules (9-5 overall, 1-3 NESCAC East) scored three times in the first inning and added lone runs in the second and fifth innings. Amy Palmer (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) and Carlie Minichino (Stratford, Conn.) both doubled in the first inning and the Mules got an RBI single from Christine Gillespie (North Andover, Mass.). Miki Starr (Dunbarton, N.H.) added a sacrifice fly and Mollie Puskar (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Palmer put Colby up 4-0 when her RBI groundout scored Alaina Clark (Casco, Maine), who had two walks and was hit by a pitch in her three at-bats.

The Mules got that run back in the fifth when Tory Starr (Dunbarton, N.H.) tripled and later scored on an RBI single by Sarah Whitfield (Wiscasset, Maine).

Bates senior Kristin Masino (North Arlington, N.J.) was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, over six innings. Masino stands at 3-5.

Colby and Bates play two more games Friday in Lewiston at 3 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Colby 5, Bates 1