CLERMONT, Fla. – The Thomas College softball team split back-to-back games on Friday afternoon at Legends Way Ballfields. The Terriers took game one with Buffalo State, 4-3, and fell to Middlebury in game two, 9-5.
Game 1: Thomas 4, Buffalo State 3
The Terriers capitalized on a Bengals' miscue in the opening frame as Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H.) scored on an error. Later on in the third, Colpack plated Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) on an RBI triple. Colpack made it 3-0 as she scored on a sacrifice fly from Anna Piirainen (West Paris, Maine).
In the top half of the fourth, Buffalo State rallied back with three runs to tie the game up at 3-3. Hannah Dunlap and Abijah Adams brought in two runs on back-to-back singles followed by the game-tying triple by Nicole Adams.
Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.) earned her first win on the mound for Thomas in a complete game, allowing five hits and three runs.
Marissa Hayes took the loss for the Bengals in six innings, six hits, and four runs (two earned).
Game 2: Middlebury 9, Thomas 5
The Thomas offense went to work in the first three innings, bringing across five unanswered runs. Coulter brought in three runs with an RBI single in the first and a two-RBI triple in the third. Taylor and MacKenzie Oberholzer (Greencastle, Pa.) added RBI singles to make it 5-0.
The lead was short-lived as the Panthers stormed back with nine straight runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. The comeback was paced by a two-run homerun by Kaylee Gumm and a two-RBI triple by Emily Moore.
Middlebury reliever Emily Morris silenced the Terriers in five innings to earn the win, giving up two hits while striking out seven.
Coulter shouldered her first loss of the season in 4.1 innings, nine hits, and six runs (five earned).
The Terriers will face Wisconsin-Superior and Union College (N.Y.) on Saturday, March 24.