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Softball tipped by Colby, prior to Sat. home opener

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College came out ahead in a back-and-forth game with the Bates softball team on Friday at Crafts Field, opening the rivals' three-game weekend series with a 4-3 win.

Meaghan Lewia moved her batting average to .500 with a pair of hits and two runs scored to help the Mules (6-5, 1-0 NESCAC East), while sophomore outfielder Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) was 2-for-2 for the Bobcats (4-8, 0-4 NESCAC East).

The two teams will meet in a doubleheader at noon Saturday at Bates (Video), in the Bobcats' home opener.

Colby scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Tori Sansone reached on an error to start the inning. Lindsay Peterson sacrificed Sansone over to second with a bunt and Carolyn Bennett had a single to move her to third base. With two outs, Carylanne Wolfington drove in Sansone with the go-ahead run.

Megan Michie improved to 3-1 on the season and lowered her earned run average to 1.59 after striking out seven, walking none, and giving up just one earned run.

The Mules went up 1-0 in the first inning when Lewia led off with a double, moved to second on a sacrifice by Wolfington, and scored on an RBI groundout by Brianne Wheeler.

Bates scored twice in the top of the third to go ahead. After back-to-back singles from senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) and senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) with one out, Lewis scored on an outfielder error and senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) came in on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine).

The Mules tied the game at 2-2 thanks to three straight walks by Wheeler, Lauren Becker, and Erica Pulford with one out. Sansone followed with a single to bring in Wheeler, but the Mules left the bases loaded.

The Bobcats went ahead for the second time at 3-2 with a lone run in the fourth inning. First-year Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) got on by a fielder's choice and eventually scored on an RBI single by Lewis.

Lewia singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Wolfington was hit by a pitch and Schatz followed with a single to drive in the tying run.

Bates had a 9-8 edge in hits. Lewis and Martino both had two hits and one run scored.

Freedman (2-3) took the loss, going 6.0 innings and allowing three earned runs. Colby left 11 base runners stranded and Bates had seven runners left on.