LEWISTON, Maine -- Colby College scored five runs in the third inning and six more in the seventh to defeat the Bates College softball team 12-1 on Friday in the first game of the rivals' three-game NESCAC East Division series. The series will continue Saturday at noon with a doubleheader at Colby.
The visiting Mules (13-15, 4-6 NESCAC East) had two or more hits in six of the seven innings, totaling 18 for the game. Six Colby players had two or more hits, led by Tori Sansone (3-5, two runs, three RBIs) and Skylar Labbe (3-4, two runs).
Colby pitcher Julia Saul evened her record at 7-7, going the distance and allowing just one run on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
Bates (5-30, 0-10 NESCAC East) starting pitcher Kylie Martin took the loss, allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Sam Fellers. Fellers gave up six runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and two walks. Neither pitcher recorded a strikeout in the game.
The teams traded single runs in the first inning. Colby loaded the bases with one out for Emily Schatz, who lofted a fly ball just foul down the left field line. Andrea Russo made the catch in left and Robin Spofford scored from third.
Russo drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, and Emma Schiller followed with a bunt single. Karen Lockhart then doubled down the right-field line, padding her NESCAC-leading total to 15 doubles on the season, scoring Russo. Lockhart was caught in a brief rundown on the play. Lockhart's hit tied her for Bates' team record for doubles in a season, with Lauren Dobish's 2010 season, and also extended her own team records for hits (48) and total bases (93) in a season.
Colby broke out with five runs in the third after its first five batters reached base safely, including a two-run single to right center for Grace Farnkoff. Emma Berger's sacrifice fly to center made it 4-1, and Martin was replaced with Fellers in the Bates circle. Colby added two more runs as Sam Rizzo reached safely on a sacrifice bunt attempt, scoring Farnkoff, and Spofford's infield single scored Saul.
Colby added six more runs to its lead in the top of the seventh, using five hits and one Bates error. Sansone hit a bases-loaded, three-run double to left field to highlight the inning for Colby, and she then came home on a wild pitch. With the bases cleared, the Mules mounted another rally with a Labbe single, a Schatz walk and Zena Robert's pinch single. Saul's RBI groundout scored Schatz with the game's final run.
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