WATERVILLE, Maine – Colby College won the twinbill of a doubleheader over the University of Maine at Farmington softball team (2-14, 1-7) in non-conference play at Crafts Field on Thursday afternoon. Colby came back and took game one, 11-1, and then fought off the Beavers in game two, 9-3.
UMF claimed a, 1-0, lead in their first at-bat with an RBI single from Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine). Alison Hamilton led off the inning with a single and Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) followed with a double. Clark stepped up and slapped a single into the outfield to give the Beavers the early edge.
Colby answered back in the top of the second with four runs on two hits and added three more runs in the fifth inning.
Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) started for the Beavers and pitched five innings and issued one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts.
The Beavers battled in the nightcap but just could not seem to get over the hump. With Colby leading, 3-0, in the third inning, Clark knocked in her second RBI of the day on a fielder's choice. Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine) crushed a sacrifice fly to center field and closed the Mules' gap, 3-2.
Colby padded its lead with a pair of runs in the fifth on three hits. UMF tried once more to narrow the margin with an RBI single from Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine), but Colby added four insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) pitched five solid innings in the second game while surrendering a pair of runs but fanning a pair of Colby batters as well.
UMaine-Farmington hosts UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 11:00 a.m.