Jackson leads MMA softball team to sweep of UMPI

Posted March 16, 2012, at 11 p.m.

ORONO — Leah Jackson’s three-run home run punctuated Maine Maritime Academy’s softball sweep of UMaine-Presque Isle at the Mahaney Dome Friday.

Jackson’s third shot of the day, and second in the nightcap, made it 11-2 ending the game via mercy rule. It was the second mercy-rule shortened game of the afternoon. The Mariners (2-0) knocked off the Owls (0-2) 8-0 in the opener.

Jackson went 3-for-5 with two walks and six RBIs. Her final home run of the day was the 13th her career. Her first home run in the nightcap, a two-run shot, was part of the Mariners’ five-run fourth and the first in a pair of back-to-back home runs. Sabrina Keach followed up with a solo shot. Keach andd Autumn Jones each went 3-for-5. Jones plated seven batters with a pair of doubles, while Keach drove in four.

Jones took the decision in the nightcap working three innings. She allowed two runs, one earned on one hit. Erica Taylor started both games, working a total of seven scoreless innings. She struck out four and allowed three hits in her shutout opener. She fanned another pair over the first two innings of the second game.

Lainey Herring was saddled with the loss in the first game. She surrendered eight runs, but only three were earned. She struck out five and walked as many. Courtney Bishop took the loss in the second allowing 11 runs on nine hits.

Desiree Smith went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Owls.

Bates splits twinbill

At Clermont, Fla, Bates scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 6-6 tie and defeat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 7-6 on Friday, to gain another split on the second of the team’s three-day trip at the National Training Center. In the Bobcats’ first game of the day, they fell 5-2 to Messiah College.

Bates’ Leah Maciejewski hit an RBI single to tie the game 6-6 in the sixth inning. First-year reliever Kelsey Freedman then retired the Engineers (6-5) in order in the top of the seventh.

Bates sophomore Alayna Garbarino and senior Kelsey Flaherty reached base on consecutive one-out walks in the bottom of the seventh, and then both runners moved up on a sacrifice by senior Courtney Talcott Senior Karen Ullmann worked the count to 3-2 before striking a hard-hit ball to shortstop. The throw to first drew RPI’s first baseman’s foot off the bag before Ullmann reached base safely, allowing Garbarino to score the game-ending run.

Senior Kelly McManus starred for Bates in the loss to Messiah (9-4), who won the Division III championship in 2009. McManus not only went 2-for-3 at the plate, but in center field she made a leaping, over-the-shoulder catch of a line drive. Junior AnnaMarie Martino hit a double in the game.

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