Thursday’s college roundup, softball: Colby 8, UMF 0

Posted April 25, 2013, at 9:16 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Kelsey Yardumian played for the first time all season after missing the opening 24 games due to injury, but made the most of her opportunity after pitching Colby College to an 8-0 victory over University of Maine at Farmington on Thursday at Crafts Field.

The Mules, who won the game in six innings due to the eight-run rule, improved to 11-14 overall. The Beavers have the same record after the setback.

Yardumian allowed just three singles, struck out six, and walked five.

The Mules scored three runs in the second inning to take control. Brianne Wheeler led off with a single and Lauren Becker reached on an error. After Tori Sansone moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt, Erica Pulford followed with an RBI single to plate Wheeler. Pulford moved over to second on defensive indifference and then scored with Becker on Katherine Zafirson’s two-run single.

Colby added three more runs in the third inning on two hits and two UMF errors. Meaghan Lewia reached by error to lead off the inning and Carylanne Wolfington followed with a single. Lewia eventually scored when Emily Schatz reached on a fielder’s choice, while Wolfington came in on the second error of the inning. Schatz reached second base on the error and scored on Wheeler’s double.

The Mules added a lone run in the fifth inning when Wolfington was hit by a pitch to start the inning and eventually scored on a groundout by Becker. The run to end the game happened in the sixth, with Kelsey Park reaching on a two-out walk. Lewia smacked a double to score Park with the eighth run.

Zafirson had two hits and two RBI for the Mules. Wolfington was 1-for-2 and scored two runs.

UNE, Bowdoin split

BRUNSWICK, Maine — University of New England’s Amanda Vallante singled to right field to clear the bases and break a 2-all tie in the seventh inning, and the Nor’easters held off Bowdoin College in the bottom of the frame to take a 6-4 victory in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Pickard Field.

Melissa DellaTorre and Tricia Thibodeau combined on a five-hitter to help the Polar Bears earn a split with a 5-0 shutout in the nightcap.

The Nor’easters wrap up their regular season with a record of 22-15-1. Bowdoin, which is rated seventh in the New England Region in the most recent NCAA Divsion III rankings, has a 27-11 mark with two regular-season games remaining.

UNE’s rode a four-run seventh to victory in game one. After their leadoff batter was retired, the Nor’easters started their uprising with a single by Abby Lambert. She moved to second when Jess Lemos followed with a base hit. Pinch-hitter Casey Brigham walked to load the bases, then Vallante plated Lambert, Lemos and pinch-runner Allie Frazier with a two-RBI single that was misplayed. Vallante, who ended up at third on the play, would later come home on a sacrifice fly by Erin Grover.

The Polar Bears made it interesting in their final at-bat, scoring twice and bringing the tying run to the plate with one out. Lambert got a flyout and a strikeout to silence the threat and earn the victory.

Lambert, who tied the game in the fourth with a bunt, upped her record to 9-4. She allowed 10 hits and one walk while striking out three. Offensively, Vallante finished with two hits at the top of the lineup.

Toni DaCampo had three hits for the Polar Bears, who led 10-7 in that category but were hurt by three errors in the field. Julia Geaumont (10-2) suffered just her second loss with three earned runs over seven innings.

DellaTorre was dominant in the circle, and Gen Barlow had four runs batted in to help the Polar Bears take game two.

The hosts would get all the offense they would need with a single run in the first on a double by Barlow. They doubled their lead in the home half of the third when DaCampo scored on a wild pitch, then extended the cushion to 5-0 on a three-run homer by Barlow in the fifth.

Baseball

Colby-Sawyer sweeps UMF

Colby-Sawyer clinches playoff spot with two wins over UMF

NEW LONDON, N.H. — The Colby-Sawyer College baseball team secured a playoff spot in the North Atlantic Conference tournament after a pair of wins over the University of Maine at Farmington on Thursday afternoon. The Chargers won the first game 3-1 and took the second game 5-1.

The Chargers improve to 17-15 overall and 12-8 in NAC play, while the Beavers fall to 8-19 overall and 7-15 in the conference.

Colby-Sawyer will complete the NAC portion of the schedule this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at Thomas. UMaine-Farmington travels to Lyndon on Sunday for a NAC twin bill.

In the first game, Colby-Sawyer scored all three of its runs in the first inning. Junior Andy Lapple came around to score the Chargers’ first run on a double steal.

Junior Vinny Monahan then singled home senior Cameron Knight, and Jeff Dunn hit a run-scoring double to right field to plate Monahan with Colby-Sawyer’s third run.

The Beavers got on the board in the top of the sixth on a RBI single from freshman Tom Grady.

Colby-Sawyer pitcher Kevin Keith came into close the game out in the top of the seventh. After a leadoff single by senior Brian Jenkins, Keith struck out the next two batters and got a pop out to earn his school record fifth career save.

Mike Bowse earned his second win of the season after tossing four innings of relief.

Senior Casey Ashey took the loss in six innings of work.

Vinny Monahan scored on an error by the UMF catcher in the bottom of the second to give Colby-Sawyer a 1-0 lead.

Colby-Sawyer added a second run in the third on a RBI single from senior Tyler Stotz.

The Chargers increased the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. Cody Pelletier squeezed the first run home, which scored Monahan. Kyle Greenwood followed with a run scoring double to center field. Alex Fredette then knocked in Greenwood with a single to center.

UMF got one run back in the top of the fifth when Grady scored on a double play.

Alex Drost threw his third complete game of the season. He gave up no earned runs on four hits and struck out four.

Sophomore Joe Sullivan surrendered four earned runs in four innings to take the loss.

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