Bowdoin women beat USM in NCAA tourney

Posted March 02, 2012, at 8:45 p.m.
Last modified March 02, 2012, at 10:40 p.m.

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Bowdoin College Polar Bears outscored the Southern Maine Huskies by 11 in the second half after trailing by four after the first to post a 75-68 women’s basketball victory in the first round of the NCAA Division III tourney Friday night.

The game featured 10 ties and nine lead changes. Bowdoin scored 21 points off turnovers, compared to USM’s 13.

Kaitlin Donahoe sparked the 20-7 winners with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Bowdoin showed good offensive balance as Amy Hackett chipped in with 14 points, Allie Piscina added 13 and Jill Henrikson put in 12. Hackett also had three assists and four rebounds.

Senior Courtney Cochran, playing her final game for USM (21-7), turned another fine performance with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Nicole Garland added 17 points and Jordan Grant put in 11.

Baseball

Florida St. 6, Maine 0

At Tallahassee, Fla., Seth Miller’s bases-loaded triple in the second inning carried Florida State to the victory over Maine.

Florida State (7-1) held Maine to four hits as Brandon Leibrandt pitched the first five innings, giving up four hits and striking out six. Hunter Scantling came on for the next three innings and didn’t surrender a hit while striking out three. Kyle Bird pitched a scoreless ninth.

Fran Whitten and Brian Doran each doubled for Maine (3-3) and Colin Gay and Michael Fransoso both singled.

Softball

Maine loses two

At Riverside, Calif., the UMaine softball team slipped to 4-9 Friday after suffering losses of 13-4 to South Carolina and 4-3 in eight innings to UC Riverside.

South Carolina used a six-run second inning to pull away early from the Bears. A three-home run by Lacey Rother, a solo blast by Kaitlin Westfall and a two-run triple by Lauren Lackey highlighted the inning.

Maine scored a run in the first when Jean Stevens singled to right-center field, driving in Dagmar Ralphs. The Bears added another run in the third on Jean Stevens’ RBI double.

A sacrifice fly by Stevens in the fifth inning and EmJ Vogel’s RBI single accounted for Maine’s final two runs.

Maine pitcher Kyle Sparks (1-4) suffered the loss after giving up nine runs on nine hits in two innings.

In the second game, Hilary’s Kane solo home run in the fourth stood up until the sixth inning when Alexis Pickett’s single to right scored Brittany Keeney.

Maine regained the lead in the eighth when Ralphs was placed on second to start the inning and came around to score on Vogel’s single. The Bears added another run when Kyle Sparks singled in Vogel.

UC Riverside then tied it with a two-run home run by Kaylie Atkinson and then won the game on an RBI double by Jordyn McDonald.

Ashley Kelley (2-3) pitched a complete game for the Bears, giving up seven hits and four runs, two earned.

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