Oregon State sweeps Maine softball team

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, at 8:54 p.m.

FULLERTON, Calif., Oregon State pitchers combined to limit the UMaine softball team to five hits in two games while earning back-to-back shutouts and a doubleheader sweep, 4-0 and 13-0 Monday.

The Beavers won the opener 4-0 behind Marina Demore’s three-hitter, then downed the Black Bears 13-0 in eight innings behind Aryn Feickert’s five-inning, two-hitter in the second game.

In Game 1, Oregon State scored twice in the first inning off UMaine starter Ashley Kelley for all the runs it would need.

Elizabeth Santana stroked an RBI triple and Erin Guzy rapped a run-scoring double for 13-4 Oregon State. Demore struck out four and walked four.

Kristen Koslosky singled twice to pace 1-6 UMaine, which committed three errors.

In Game 2, the Beavers piled on eight runs in the fifth inning and the Black Bears managed only two hits off Feickert, who struck out four.

Santana knocked in thre runs with a home run and a single to lead the Beavers, who received a homer, a double and two RBIs from Desiree Beltran and a three-run homer from Paige Hall.

EmJ Fogel and Brynne Davis stroked doubles for the Bears behind loser Kylie Sparks, who gave up five runs in three innings. UMaine made four errors.

Track & field

Bergstrom sets UM record

At Boston, John Bergstrom set the school record in the heptathlon and Jesse Labreck took second in the triple jump to lead the University of Maine men’s and women’s track and field teams at the New England Championships hosted by Boston University over the weekend.

Bergstrom took fifth in the 60 meters (7.39), third in the long jump (20-10.50), eighth in the shot put (33-05.75), fourth in the high jump (6-02.75), seventh in the 60 meter hurdles (8.87), third in the pole vault (13-03.50) and first in the 1,000 meter run (2:41.59). He accumulated 4,889 points, smashing the school record of 4,694 set by Brian Martel in 2011. Bergstrom also qualified for the IC4A Championships with the point total.

Also competing in the heptathlon was Matthew Toothaker, who had a top-5 school mark of 4,425 points, placing him ninth in the event.

Trevor England leaped 47-04.25 in the triple jump, a top-5 school mark that put him seventh in the event and easily qualifies for the IC4A Championships while Brian Woodbury took 21st in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet.

The men’s team placed 22nd with seven points with the women taking 23rd with eight points.

The Black Bears continue the indoor season next weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championships.

Swimming

Bears smash school records

At Boston, a total of 19 school records were either broke or re-broke by the Black Bears at this year’s America East Championships. The women placed sixth with a final score of 307.5 while the men were fifth at 316.

Shannon Bender placed seventh overall in the 1650-yard freestyle event with a school-record time of 17:19.90. Bender’s mark betters the old time of 17:24.38 set by Colleen Miller in 2008. Bender’s split time at the 1000-yard mark was 10:23.14 which is now a school-record for the 1000-yard freestyle, besting the old mark of 10:26.87 set by Miller in 2008. Carmen Linden placed eighth overall in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:22.30. Linden originally broke Miller’s mark, only to have her record re-set moments later by Bender.

On the men’s side in the 1650-yard freestyle, Yuri Chronobil placed fifth with a Maine record time of 15:59.99. Chronobil’s time bested that of Chuck Martin who set the previous mark in 1980 with a time of 16:09.80. At the 1000-yard mark of the event, Michael Capossela was at 9:38.90, giving him the record in the 1000-yard freestyle. Peter Farragher held the previous record in the event with a time of 9:40.39 in 1980. Capossela finished ninth overall in the event.

Lauren Thornbrough improved her own school-record in the 200-yard fly with a time of 2:04.98, winning the consolation final.

Lauren Dwyer placed third in the ‘B’ final, 11th overall, in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:04.76, narrowly missing out on the school-record by .14.

On the diving boards, Kara Capossela placed fourth with a final score of 226.80.

Ryan Fahey placed second in the ‘B’ final, 10th overall, in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.63.

Zach Hamer paced Maine in the 200-yard breaststoke ‘A’ final as he placed seventh with a time of 2:08.83. Hamer was followed by Brian Landry who finished eighth in 2:11.18. Caleb Hoffman won the ‘B’ final of the event with a time of 2:09.32.

Maine ended the championships with the 400-yard freestyle relay events. The women took fifth place with a time of 3:31.76, just missing a school-record. Swimming the event for Maine was Dwyer, Jenn Trodden, Naja Harvey and Helaina Sacco. The men’s 400-yard free relay squad placed fourth with a time of 3:10.02. Andrew Meehan, Joey Quinn, Yuri Chornobil and Michael Capossela swam the event for the Black Bears.

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