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Black Bear softball team hosting Albany in opening home series this weekend


ORONO — After playing 31 games away from Kessock Field, the University of Maine’s softball team will play its home-opener series this weekend when it entertains Albany for a three-game set.

The teams will play a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon and an 11 a.m. single game on Sunday.

Maine is 5-26 overall, 2-1 in America East, while Albany is 16-7 and 3-0, respectively.

Albany is riding an 11-game winning streak.

Maine has been led by right fielder Jessica Burk (.278-1 homer-10 runs batted in), catcher Emj Fogel (.269-0-5) and 3B Jean Stevens (.247-8-21). Hannah Hill (2-8, 3.85 earned run average) and Beth Spoehr (2-7, 4.53) have headlined the pitching staff.

Albany, which has stolen a league-high 42 bases, has been paced by CF Kelly Costello (.367-2-10), LF Vicky McFarland (.342-4-15) and 1B Charlise Castro (.322-4-16) along with pitchers Brittany MacFawn (9-5, 2.94, 113 strikeouts in 98 innings) and Emily Ostrom (7-2, 4.18).

Men’s Hockey

Hobey Baker finalists named

BOSTON — Boston College sophomore left wing Johnny Gaudreau is one of the Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists along with Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State senior center Drew LeBlanc.

Gaudreau had 21 goals and 30 assists in 35 games and his 1.46 points-per game average led the nation. His six game-winning goals tied him for third nationally. He was Hockey East’s Player of the Year.

Hartzell leads the nation in wins with 29 (29-6-5) and is third in goals-against average (1.55) and eighth in save percentage (.933). He was the ECAC Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year and has led the Bobcats to their first ever berth in the Frozen Four.

LeBlanc had 13 goals and 37 assists in 41 games to guide the Huskies to their first ever appearance in the Frozen Four. His 37 assists lead the nation. He is the first player in the 52-year history of the WCHA to be named the Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and the Player of the Year.

The Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey’s top player, will be announced on Friday at 6 p.m. from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, the home of the Frozen Four.


Colby 4, Bates 3

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Colby College second baseman Meaghan Lewia moved her batting average to .500 with a pair of hits and two runs scored to help the Mules to a 4-3 home-opener win over Bates College in New England Small College Athletic Conference softball Friday at Crafts Field.

The Mules improve to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the league, while Bates falls to 4-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader at noon Saturday at Bates.

Colby scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning after first-year Tori Sansone reached on an error to start the inning. Lindsay Peterson sacrificed Sansone over to second with a bunt and Carolyn Bennett had a single to move her to third base. With two outs, Colby first-year Carylanne Wolfington drove in Sansone with the go-ahead run.

Megan Michie improved to 3-1 and lowered her earned run average to 1.59 after striking out seven, walking none, and giving up just one earned run.

The Mules went up 1-0 in the first inning when Lewia led off with a double, moved to second on a sacrifice by Wolfington, and scored on an RBI groundout by Brianne Wheeler.

Bates scored twice in the top of the third to go ahead. After back-to-back singles from Mary Lewis and AnnaMarie Martino with one out, Lewis scored on an outfielder error and Gattuso came in on a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Freedman.

The Mules tied the game at 2-2 thanks to three straight walks by Wheeler, Lauren Becker, and Erica Pulford with one out. Sansone followed with a single to bring in Wheeler.

The Bobcats went ahead for the second time at 3-2 with a lone run in the fourth inning. Karen Lockhart got on by a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on an RBI single by Lewis.

Lewia, who raised her on-base percentage to .578, singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Wolfington was hit by a pitch and Schatz followed with a single to drive in the tying run.

Schatz raised her batting average to .375 with a pair of hits and drove in her team-best 10th run. Peterson, Wolfington, and Sansone all went 1-for-2.

Brown went 2-for-2 to lead Bates, which had a 9-8 edge in hits. Lewis and Martino both had two hits and one run scored.

Johnson & Wales, St. Joe’s split

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Johnson & Wales University softball squad split a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader against St. Joseph’s of Maine at Pierce Field on Friday afternoon. Johnson & Wales notched a 2-1 extra innings win in the opener with St. Joseph’s of Maine posting a 2-0 victory in the nightcap for the split.

The opener saw both teams battle through seven scoreless innings. In the eighth inning, both squads capitalized on the international tie breaker and sent the game into the ninth frame. After holding St. Joseph’s scoreless in the top of the ninth, JWU struck in the bottom of the inning as freshman Kristen Solari was placed on second to start the inning.

Solari later came around to score on a walk off RBI single by junior Rachael Marino to propel the Wildcats to the 2-1 victory. Freshman Cynthia Proby was 2-for-4 with an RBI for JWU.

Senior Danyelle Shufelt tallied a pair of hits and an RBI for St. Joe’s while senior Kayla Vannah suffered the setback in the pitching circle, allowing two unearned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts.

In the nightcap St. Joseph’s jumped out to the early lead when Shufelt led off the top of the first with a single and scored on an RBI single by junior Lindsay Moore . Moore later scored on a JWU miscue to put the Monks up 2-0.

Rae-Marie Copan notched the complete-game victory, allowing just three hits with five strikeouts.


UMF, Castleton State split

CASTLETON, Vt. – The University of Maine at Farmington broke its six-game winless streak while snapping Castleton State’s six-game winning streak, taking a 10-1 win off the Spartans in game two of the teams’ North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Friday afternoon at Spartan Field.

Castleton State won the opening game of the twinbill, 8-2.

UMaine-Farmington opened the second game with singles by Dale Winchenbach and Colin Mello, with both eventually scoring on an error by Castleton’s Cameron Curley at short to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.

The Beavers put three more runs on the board in the third. Back-to-back doubles by Brian Jenkins and Mello plated one run, with a Dustin McCrossin single and sacrifice bunt by Ethan Jean forcing two more runs across.

Castleton State posted one run in the top of the fourth, but Farmington answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Woodbury reached on an error and following a single, scored on another error to put UMF up 6-1. A sacrifice fly and a double scored two more runs, and the Beavers added their final run of the inning on an error by the Hoagland at third.

Castleton was unable to score in the top of the sixth or the seventh and the Beavers tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth for the 10-1 final.

Starter Ben Pearson went six innings to earn the win for UMF, walking four but striking out seven batters.

The Beavers recorded a season-high 12 hits, with Mello, McCrossin, and Jean each finishing with two hits.

In the first game, the Beavers got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first when Woodbury doubled home Winchenbach, who drew a leadoff walk.

UMFs slim held up through three innings. Castleton State plated four runs in the top of the fourth on three hits, a hit batsman, a sacrifice bunt, and a UMF error. The Spartans went on to add two runs in both the sixth and seventh, while the Beaver chalked up one final run in the seventh.

Bowdoin 7, Bates 5

LEWISTON, Maine — Oliver Van Zant tossed eight innings of shutout ball to lead the Bowdoin College baseball team to a 7-5 win over Bates in the opener of a three-game NESCAC series Friday afternoon.

The Polar Bears improve to 10-9 (2-2 NESCAC) with the win as the Bobcats fall to 8-6 (2-2 NESCAC).

While Van Zant was scattering five hits and striking out eight for Bowdoin, the Polar Bear bats got to Bates starter Tom Baroni early. Bowdoin assumed a lead it never relinquished in the second inning with a pair of unearned runs. The Polar Bears loaded the bases with three straight one-out singles by Luke Regan, Sam Canales and Aaron Rosen. Baroni induced a ground ball to first base out of Bowdoin DH Harry Ridge, but an errant throw trying to force out Regan at home allowed the first run to cross the plate. Peter Cimini popped up for the second out, but John Lefeber drew an RBI walk to make it 2-0 before Erik Jacobson’s lineout ended the inning.

Bowdoin added another run in the third, as Timothy McGarry and Duncan Taylor led off with back-to-back singles, and Regan moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Canales followed with an RBI grounder to second to score McGarry, making it 3-0.

Bates didn’t see a baserunner reach third base until the seventh inning, when Kevin Davis singled up the middle, moved to second on Steve Burke’s infield single, then on to third on Kevin McGregor’s groundout, putting Bates runners on second and third with one out. Oliver Van Zant then struck out Jeff Gunn and induced Nate Pajka into a grounder to end the threat.

Baroni came on to start the ninth inning and got the first two outs in short order, but the third out proved elusive. Pinch hitter Kyle LeBlanc hit a sharp grounder toward Bates first baseman McGregor, but the ball took a big hop over McGregor’s head and into right field, where it was bobbled, allowing LeBlanc to reach second base as Rosen, who had singled, came home. Lefeber then ripped a double to left field to score LeBlanc, and the two-out rally continued with an RBI single by Jacobson, a hit batsmen, and Taylor’s RBI single to right, which widened the gap to 7-0. At that, Aidan Sullivan was summoned in relief of Baroni and got Dan Findley with a groundout to end the damage.

Trinity 13, Colby 11

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trinity College offense posted a nine-run fifth inning to highlight a 13-11 comeback win over the visiting Colby College Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference East baseball action on Friday at Campus Field.

Trinity improves to 12-8 overall and 2-0 in the league with their fifth win in six games, and Colby drops to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Colby scored in each of the opening four frames, including a five-run third, to build a 9-3 lead heading into the top of the fifth. The Bantam bats awoke in the bottom half of the inning, starting with a leadoff single by senior OF Alex Almeida. Consecutive Bantams were hit by a pitch, setting up consecutive bases loaded walks by senior co-captain Joe Papa and senior Evan Sternberg, bringing the score to 9-5. Hot-hitting sophomore Scott Huley, delivered a game-changing hit – a triple to deep right field – clearing the bases, and putting the Bantams within a run. A walk and a stolen base was followed by a two-RBI pinch hit single by senior Bryan Ginsberg, giving the Bantams a 10-9 lead. Trinity tacked on three more runs in the inning, on a two-run error and an RBI-double by senior co-captain Steve Rogers.

Junior Dave O’Brien, who came in for relief in the third inning, followed the Trinity fifth with two scoreless innings on the hill, making him the pitcher of record for Trinity. Colby did not go down quietly. Sophomore Tim Corey led off the eighth with a walk and worked his way around to score, before rookie Tyler Starks singled home another run, cutting the Trinity lead to 13-11. The Mules led off the ninth with a single before junior Peter Burrows entered the game in relief and retired the final three batters to earn the save for the Bantams.

Papa had another big day at the plate, blasting a towering two-run home run in the first inning, a lead-off ground rule double in the second, which led to a run, and two walks in the Trinity fifth. Papa finished with three runs and three RBI offensively, while recording ten putouts with the glove at first base. Rogers and Ginsberg collected two this apiece for Trinity.

Colby racked up 15 hits, led by junior Alec Finigan and Starks, who picked up three hits apiece. Corey singled and homered for the Mules.

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