STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Stephanie George homered and drove in three runs to lead the University of Maine to a 9-1 win in Saturday’s America East softball nightcap against Stony Brook University. The Seawolves took the first game 3-2 in eight innings.
Stony Brook won Sunday’s game 3-1.
By virtue of their second-place finish in the conference, the Black Bears will host the America East tournament at Kessock Field beginning Thursday.
Top-ranked and defending champion Boston University (31-19), which opted not to host the event, will play No. 4 Albany (20-21) at 1 p.m., while No. 2 Maine (22-26) will face No. 3 Stony Brook (29-19-1) at 3:30 p.m. in the opening day of the three-day, double-elimination tournament.
In Saturday’s first game, Samantha Rossi scored the winning run from third base on an infield single by Katelyn O’Donnell in the eighth inning for Stony Brook.
Terren Hall homered with two RBIs for the Black Bears. Alexis Soulharis doubled and singled.
In Saturday’s second game, Kirstin Allen homered and singled with two RBIs for Maine. Souhlaris, Kristen Calvetti and Margaret Hilton each had two singles.
Kendall Blumenthal singled twice for Stony Brook.
In Sunday’s game,, Brijette Martin had two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Seawolves.
Hall hit a solo homer in the first inning for Maine.
Eastern Conn. sweeps USM
At Gorham, Eastern Connecticut State University pounded out 31 hits to score 33 runs and sweep the University of Southern Maine in a Sunday doubleheader.
The Huskies dropped the first game 21-1 in seven innings and the second game 12-9.
In the first game, Matt Fontaine pitched six innings, allowing one earned run and no walks, to earn the win for Eastern Connecticut.
David Ricker doubled and singled for the Huskies while Tucker White and Nick Grady hit two singles apiece.
In the second game, Tyler Turgeon went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead Eastern Connecticut.
John Carey hit three singles for Southern Maine. Mike Eaton hit a home run and a double while Anthony Pisani and Christian Hamilton each had two singles and an RBI.
Tufts tops Bowdoin for title
At Medford, Mass., Tufts University captured its second NESCAC title Sunday with a 6-1 win over Bowdoin College.
Bowdoin defeated Williams 7-3 earlier in the day to advance to the title game after eliminating Wesleyan 14-7 in a game that was completed early Sunday after being suspended Saturday due to rain.
In the suspended game, Brett Gorman went 5-for-5 with five runs scored and three RBIs for Bowdoin, while Kevin Zikaras had a three-run double and four RBIs overall in support of winning pitcher Joe Pace.
In Sunday’s first full game, Kevin Zikaras hit two singles and drove in two runs to lead the Polar Bears. Brendan Garner doubled and singled while Brett Gorman chipped in with an RBI double.
In the championship game, Tufts took advantage of three Bowdoin errors in the sixth inning to score four runs. Matt Collins posted an RBI double and a single to lead the Jumbos.
Matt Ruane hit an RBI double in the first inning to pace the Polar Bears.