Niemiec drives in two, scores run in double header against Huskies

WATERVILLE, Maine – Women's softball hosted the University of Maine Huskies for a double header on Monday. Intermittent rain throughout the day held off during play, allowing both contests to be run to completion. 

The Mules struck first in game one. Leadoff hitter Ashley Ketchum doubled to right center, then stole third with two outs to give Colby an immediate scoring chance. Lolo Neimiec capitalized, doubling to left field to score Ketchum and give the Mules a 1-0 lead. Wiley Holton, who pitched a complete game, held the Huskies in check, but USM chipped away, using one run in the second, third and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead. Two more runs in the sixth increased the Huskies' lead to 5-1. The Mules began another rally in the sixth when Ashley Ketchum singled up the middle, then advanced to second on a Holly Lallis groundout. After stealing third, Ketchum scored on Lolo Niemiec's RBI single to center field, but the Mules could not keep the inning going, and went into the seventh down 5-2. After giving up a run in the top of the seventh, Colby's offense went back to work. Paige Hartnett singled, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit to a double. Emily Dougherty singled two batters later and after advancing to second a wild pitch, made it to third when Carly Swartz singled to left center. With two baserunners on, Ketchum hit a line drive, but it was snagged in the infield and the game ended with the Mules losing 6-2.

Both offenses were slow to start in game two, with Colby pitcher Holly Lallis and USM starter Alexis Brown holding the opposing offenses scoreless for the first two innings. The Huskies broke the tie in the third when Brooke Cross drove in two runs with a double to right center field, then added insurance runs in the top of the fourth and fifth to take a 6-0 lead. Lucie Cunningham came in to pitch for Colby in the sixth inning, but USM tacked on two more runs, extending their lead to 8-0. The Mules answered in the bottom of the sixth inning when Lolo Niemiec scored on Emily Dougherty's RBI single, but that would be Colby's only offense of the game, which ended 8-1.

The Mules finish up their conference play with a three game series at home against Trinity starting this Friday, 4/26, at 4:00 PM(EST).