WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas softball team split a doubleheader with inner-city rival Colby College on Tuesday afternoon, winning game one 8-0 in five innings and falling 6-2 in game two.
Thomas (3-15) received a strong start on the mound from Emily McKenney as the freshman went five shutout innings for her first career win as the Terriers took down Colby 8-0 in five innings.
Both teams remained hitless until the bottom of the second, when Thomas struck big as Korrie Laren hit her second homerun of the season over the left field fence to get the Terriers on the board first.
McKenney continued to mow the Mules down, allowing just one hit through the first four innings. The Terriers struck for two more runs in the fourth. Alyssa Eugley got it started with a one-out single to left field, followed by Laren getting hit by a pitch and Jordan Agger-Barnes walking to load the bases up.
Taylor M. Johnson then came through in a big way, doubling to left centerfield and scoring both Eugley and Laren to give the Terriers a 3-0 lead.
After McKenney got out of a little trouble in the top of the fifth, Thomas ended the game in the bottom half with a five-run inning. Lindsay Hoopingarner led off with a double, and was plated two batters later by a Sonja Morse single.
Morse would come around to score on an error that allowed Laren to reach base. Agger-Barnes again drew a walk, and would score on another Mule error that allowed Johnson to reach. McKenney ended it with a two RBI double that scored Agger-Barnes and Johnson.
Johnson and McKenney each had two RBI's to lead Thomas, while Laren scored three runs.
Eight different players collect the nine Colby hits as the Mules go on for a 6-2 win in game two to split the two games with the Terriers.
Colby broke on to the scoreboard in the second inning, as Robin Spofford and Kathleen Mason each drove in a run to give the Mules a 2-0 lead. Colby added another run in the third inning off of an RBI single by Emily Schatz that scored Meaghan Lewia.
Thomas got one back in the fourth, when Sonja Morse led-off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. Taylor M. Johnson brought Morse in on a RBI single to left center to cut the score to 3-1.
The Mules responded with two more runs in the fifth inning, as a Thomas error led to an unearned run and Tori Sansone drove home another to up the lead to 5-1. Colby got another in the sixth as Erica Pulford got an RBI on a groundout that plated Skylar Labbe.
Korrie Laren drove home a run in the sixth inning to get the Terriers within four. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and two outs, the game ended when Phyllicia Jordan was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a passed ball.
Laren and Johnson had one RBI each and Briana Warren had two hits to lead Thomas. Faith Robinson took the loss on the mound, going three innings and giving up three runs on four hits with one strikeout.
Megan Michie went the complete game to earn the win for Colby, giving up just one earned run with one strikeout.
Thomas will be back on the field Thursday, April 16 when they take to the road to face the University of New England for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 PM.