Bates 3, Colby 1
LEWISTON — Junior Paul Chiampa had a sparkling eight-inning performance to win a pitchers’ duel as Bates topped Colby 3-1 in NESCAC East Division baseball action Friday afternoon.
The Bobcats (17-8) scored a solo run in the second inning as Jake Simon led off with an infield single, moved to second on a single by Noah Burke, got to third on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Linscott, and then came home on Rich Velotta’s one-out groundout to second base.
The score stood at 1-0 until the top of the eighth, when the Mules (11-11) finally reached Chiampa for their first run. Richard Newton singled in John Lerner for the equalizer.
With the first two batters reaching base in the bottom of the eighth for Bates, junior Gordy Webb greeted relief pitcher Will Hartigan with a double off the center field fence to score Burke and Noah Lynd to make it 3-1.
UMaine-Farmington, Fisher College split
FARMINGTON — After letting a four-run lead slip away in the opener for a 10-7 loss in extra innings, the University of Maine at Farmington notched a 5-2 win over Fisher College in the nightcap of a twinbill Friday evening.
Casey Ashey tossed a complete game and Kyle Shea clubbed a two-run home run in the nightcap as the Beavers (5-20) picked up a 5-2 win.
With the Beavers leading 7-4 in the seventh inning of the opener, the Falcons (18-18) managed to push across three unearned runs to send the game into extra innings. The Falcons crossed the plate three times in the ninth on an RBI single by Steven Clark, a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk for the 10-7 final.
Colby 11, Bates 2
LEWISTON — Colby erupted for 10 runs in the seventh inning for a stunning 11-2 victory over Bates in NESCAC East Division softball action Friday afternoon.
While Colby pitcher Lauren Becker held the Bobcats (4-17) in check for the most part over 5.2 innings, she surrendered solo home runs to sophomore Monica Berube in the second and to sophomore Lauren Dobish in the sixth.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Allyson Cheever got things started for the Mules (9-16) with a triple through a drawn-in outfield, then scored on a ground-rule double by Barbara Santos to tie the game at 2-2.
Then, Alyssa Lepore hit an infield single, followed by a three-run home run to deep left field by Alex Essman. After a groundout gave the Mules two outs and empty bases, Colby continued to rally for five more runs.