Softball drops a couple of close contests to Colby to wrap up 2016 season

Maddie Inlow went 5-7 with a homer and four runs batted in against Colby in Saturday's doubleheader to wrap up the 2016 season. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates softball team took on rival Colby in a Saturday doubleheader and fell by scores of 7-6 and 3-1 to finish up their 2016 season.

Game One: Colby 7, Bates 6

The Mules scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Bobcats by a score of 7-6 in game one on Saturday.

Bates got on the board right away in the top of the first. 

With two away, senior Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) drew a walk. After Lockhart stole second, junior Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, Maine), who had a huge day at the plate, singled her home for the first run of the day.

But the Mules responded right away in the bottom of the first. Katie McLaughlin tripled to start the frame and the Mules eventually loaded the bases with nobody out. Skylar Labbe singled in McLaughlin to tie the game. Lockhart threw out Robin Spofford, trying to score from second base, on the play. First-year Kylie Martin (Poland, Maine) got out of the the inning without any further damage thanks to a line out and a ground out.

Colby took a 2-1 lead in the second inning thanks to a dropped third strike and a Bates error. Then another Bates error lead to another Colby run in the third as they grabbed a 3-1 edge.

Bates rallied to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Inlow got things going with a triple. First year Madison Fox (Denver, Colo.) singled her home to get Bates to within one run. After the Bobcats bunted Fox over, sophomore Paige Ahlholm (North Andover, Mass.) singled her in to even the game at three.

The Mules re-took the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to some two-out offense. With two away, Tori Sansone singled. Labbe doubled and Emily Schatz drew a walk to load the bases. Grace Farnkoff singled in Sansone to put the Mules up 4-3.

In the top of the sixth, Bates tied the game again. With one away, Fox drew a walk. Back-to-back Colby errors scored Fox to even the contest at four apiece.

In the top of the seventh, first-year Andrea Russo (Cheshire, Conn.) singled to begin the inning. Two outs later, Inlow homered to put the Bobcats up 6-4.

A double, an error and a single loaded the bases for Colby with one out in the bottom of the seventh. A fielder's choice plated a run and another walk loaded the bases with two away.

Up 6-5 at this point, Bates could not get the final out they needed as Emily Schatz doubled in two runs to win the game for the Mules.

Inlow tallied three of the Bobcats' six hits in the contest, finishing 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and three runs batted in.

Game Two: Colby 3, Bates 1

First-year Sam Fellers (Mendham, N.J.) pitched very well, scattering eight hits over six innings while allowing only three runs (one earned) in a tight 3-1 loss for Bates in their season finale.

Colby (15-15, 6-6 NESCAC) received a complete game from Julia Saul in the circle. She scattered seven hits while only allowing one run and striking out two.

The Mules grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. With two away, Saul helped out her own cause by singling. After the next batter got hit by the pitch, McLaughlin singled home Shaw for the first run of the game.

Bates (5-32, 0-12 NESCAC) fell behind 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth. A single, an error and a sacrifice bunt gave the Mules runners at second and third with one away. McLaughlin came through again for Colby with a two-RBI single.

Bates did get a run back in the top of the sixth. Lockhart singled for her 126th career hit. She finishes her Bates career one hit shy of the career record. Inlow doubled Lockhart home to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Bates loaded the bases with nobody out but failed to score anymore runs in the frame. 

Senior Marina Barsoum (Newark, N.J.) singled to lead-off the seventh in her final collegiate at bat. But Bates couldn't push her across as Colby hung on for the win.

Inlow finished the doubleheader 5-7 at the plate for Bates. She finishes the season with 47 hits, second on the team behind Lockhart's school record of 49 hits on the year.