MEDFORD, Mass. – Colby women's softball visited Tufts this week for their three game season series with the Jumbos. Tufts, who sits in first place in the East Division of the NESCAC, was able to hold onto early leads in all three games to sweep the series.
Game one featured big swings in momentum, with the Jumbos scoring the first 10 runs of the game by the end of the second inning. The Mules did not go down quietly, however. Leadoff hitter Ashley Ketchum started the scoring for the Mules in the third inning when she came home on Paige Bober's single to right. The following inning, Carly Swartz singled to left, scoring Hailey Rohall, helping the Mules back to within eight runs of the Jumbos. Tufts added an insurance run in the fourth inning, but the rest of the game was all Colby. Lolo Niemiec and Paige Bober scored on Paige Hartnett's RBI double to left field before Wiley Holton's fly ball to right scored Hartnett. Down six in the sixth, the Mules continued to claw their way back. Carly Swartz scored on a Laura Powell single and Wiley Holton was able to dash home on Holly Lallis's sacrifice bunt in the seventh. The late runs would be all the Mules could muster, however, and they dropped the first game 11-7. Lallis pitched in relief of starter Wiley Holton for the Mules, coming in in the bottom of the first inning and holding the Jumbos to just four runs for the remainder of the game.
Games two and three featured less offense from the Mules. Tufts again jumped out to an early lead in game two, scoring five times in the first inning, and held a nine run advantage when Colby scored their first run in the fourth. Paige Bober came across on Hailey Rohall's single to left, but the Mules would not manufacture any more runs and lost 13-1. Lucie Cunningham and Wiley Holton combined to pitch game two for Colby. The Mules managed three hits in game three, inlcuding a triple by Paige Hartnett, but could not generate any momentum on offense. The Jumbos' bats stayed hot and Tufts led 12-0 after three innings. The Jumbos held Colby scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings to secure a game three win and series sweep.
Colby next takes the field at home, playing a double header with the University of Southern Maine at 4pm (EST) on Monday, 4/22.