|Colby College||Bates College|
Colby scored twice in the second inning, three times in the fifth, and led 6-0 going into the bottom of the seventh, where Bates rallied for three runs and had the tying run at the plate with one out. Colby starting pitcher Wiley Holton (5-6) ended the threat by striking out Panepinto and inducing a game-ending lineout by Inlow.
Holton allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts to pick up the win.
Bates sophomore Sam Fellers (4-5) gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
Ella Hommeyer doubled to left to lead off the second for Colby. Holton followed with a bunt that shot through the left side for an RBI single to put the Mules on the board. KKK Mason’s single pushed Holton to third base, and Paige Hartnett then bunted Holton home.
The score remained 2-0 until Colby plated three runs in the fifth, first loading the bases with no outs on a double by Robin Spofford and walks issued to Skylar Labbe and Hommeyer. Spofford then scored on the second wild pitch of the inning. Grace Farnkoff reached safely on a sacrifice bunt attempt that scored Labbe, and Hommeyer then came home when Kathleen Mason bunted and reached base safely on a throwing error.
Colby added a sixth run in the sixth. Spofford reached on a one-out fielder’s choice, took second base on a wild pitch and scored on Labbe’s single to right center.
Bates came up with four of its seven hits in the game during its seventh-inning rally. Treadwell led off with a single, Mimi Crowley walked, and Woolmington followed with a double to right center, scoring Treadwell and giving Bates runners at second and third with no outs. Fellers then drove Crowley home with a single to right. Holton struck out Pelletier for the first out of the inning, bringing up the top of the order in Russo, who singled up the middle to score Woolmington. But Holton got out of the jam with back-to-back outs and the Mules evened the series.
Spofford and Hommeyer had two hits apiece in Colby’s seven-hit attack.