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Colby's big seventh inning offsets homers by Berube, Dobish





LEWISTON, Maine -- Down 2-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning, Colby College erupted for 10 runs on 10 hits in the seventh for a stunning 11-2 NESCAC East Division win over the Bates College softball team on Friday.

The visting Mules (9-16, 1-6 NESCAC East) will host Bates (4-17, 0-7) in a doubleheader tomorrow, starting at 12 p.m.

While Colby pitcher Lauren Becker (Falls Church, Va.) held Bates' bats in check for the most part over her 5.2 innings, she surrendered solo home runs to sophomore Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.) in the second inning and to sophomore Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) in the sixth, the first homers of the season for both players.

Dobish's blast over the fence in left center put the Bobcats on top 2-1 after the Mules had evened the game in the top of the inning. Colby got its run as pinch runner Allana Sanborn (Eliot, Maine) came home on a two-base error, after the Mules led the inning off with singles by Alyssa Lepore (Victor, N.Y.) and Alex Essman (Littleton, Mass.).

After Christine Gillespie (North Andover, Mass.) led the seventh inning off with a popout, Colby went berserk. Allyson Cheever (Augusta, Maine) tripled through a drawn-in outfield, then scored on a ground-rule double by Barbara Santos (Topsfield, Mass.) to tie the game at 2-2. Lepore hit an infield single, followed by a three-run home run to deep left field by Essman, opening up a 5-2 lead. After a groundout gave the Mules two outs and empty bases, Colby continued to rally for five more runs, including a two-run single by Kelly Roth (South Deerfield, Mass.) and a three-run home run by Santos.

Brittany Tasi (Shelton, Conn.) came on for Becker and earned the win with 1.1 shutout innings.

Colby had 16 hits in the game, while Bates totaled seven. Cheever and Roth had three hits apiece for Colby, while Santos and Essman had two apiece and a combined seven RBIs. Sophomore Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double for the Bobcats.

First-year starter Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) had a strong outing overall, collecting a season-high seven strikeouts and allowing no earned runs in her 6.1 innings.

BOX SCORE: Colby 11, Bates 2