CLEARWATER, Fla. — Loyola Marymount used a five-run fifth inning to record a 7-1 softball victory over the Maine Black Bears Monday.
Loyola Marymount tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double from Alex Finie.
EmJ Fogel drove in Maine’s lone run while Jessica Burk had a base hit and scored a run.
The Black Bears struck first as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Burk began the inning with a single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. After moving up to third on a groundout, Fogel’s single plated Burk.
Maine (0-2) held the Lions scoreless through the first four innings.
Alexis Bogdanovich received the start in the circle for Maine as she went five innings while giving up three earned runs and six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Bogdanovich tossed four innings of shutout ball before the Lions got to her in the fifth as she suffered the loss.
Reliever Nikki Misner gave up two runs on two hits and one walk.
Maine returns to action on Tuesday, starting the day at 11:45 a.m. with a contest against Western Michigan before taking on South Florida at 2:15 p.m.
UMPI women’s basketball team receives honors
University of Maine-Presque Isle women’s basketball coach Doug Carter was named Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year at the GSAC winter sports banquet Friday.
In his first season, Carter led UMPI to its first winning season in five years. The 18-7 Owls beat several top-ranked programs.
“I would like to thank my GSAC coaching peers, there are many outstanding coaches in this conference; I am extremely honored and humbled with this award.” Carter said. “I was blessed to have a tremendous group of young ladies come together to bring pride back into a basketball program that has had its fair share of challenges over the last few years.”
UMPI beat Agnes Scott in the GSAC quarterfinal round 65-53 before dropping a semifinal to eventual tourney champ Salem College 71-47.
Two UMPI players also gained GSAC honors as senior Olivia McNally of Sherman was named to the all-conference team and Kristin Thompson of Medway was named to the all-freshman team.
McNally was UMPI’s leading scorer, ranking No. 5 in the GSAC at 15.9 and also topped the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.3. She was third in the conference in foul shooting at 80.3 percent, sixth in assists (3.5), eighth in field goal percentage (43.7), and 10th in steals (2.0).
“Liv was our heart and soul, on a team filled with very committed young ladies,” Carter said. “She worked so hard making herself into an impact player at this level. I am so proud of her and blessed to have had such a special young lady help lead our team this year.”
Thompson was fifth in GSAC scoring for freshman (6.4), third in rebounding (4.6) and started 19 games.