Maine softball pitcher Hill shuts down Seton Hall

Posted March 09, 2014, at 6:46 p.m.
Last modified March 09, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Senior righthander Hannah Hill allowed only three hits and struck out seven to lead the Maine Black Bears by Seton Hall 4-1 in softball action Sunday.

Hill didn’t walk a batter and improved to 2-0.

Freshman shortstop Felicia Lennon sparked Maine (4-5) with two hits, two runs and two stolen bases while EmJ Fogel drove in two runs.

Seton Hall scored its only run in the second on an RBI single by Alex Rabbetts.

Maine tied it in the third when Dagmar Ralphs’ single drove in Lennon, who had walked and then stole second.

Fogel’s two-out, two-run single in the fourth gave Maine a 3-1 lead. Kristen Koslosky and Lennon scored after Koslosky had walked and Lennon singled.

The Bears added a run in the seventh when Jessica Burk hit an RBI single.

On Saturday, Maine split a pair of contests as it won in walk-off fashion 3-2 against Quinnipiac before dropping game two of the day 8-0 in 5-innings to Toledo.

In game one, Quinnipiac jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on back-to-back home runs from Sydney Robey and Jordan Paolucci.

The Black Bears were able to get a run back in the home half of the sixth as Dagmar Ralphs singled in Felicia Lennon, who had tripled.

The Bears rallied in the seventh on Nikki Bryon’s two run single that scored Jessica Burk and Shelby Obert. Burk singled to start the inning advanced on Obert’s bunt single. Obert then stole second base to set up Bryton’s winning hit.

Alexis Bogdanovich picked up the win for the Black Bears as she allowed two runs on two hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.

In the second game, Toledo’s Emily Anderson allowed only hit hit and five innings while striking out nine and not walking a batter.

Toledo jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first before batting around in the top of the second while plating five more runs to take a 7-0 lead into the third.

The Rockets were able to plate their eighth run to take a mercy-rule 8-0 victory.

Samantha Ralphs singled in the first for Maine.

The Bears continue their southern trip on Monday with a noon contest against Cleveland State.

Women’s Basketball

Tufts 57, UNE 54

At Medford Mass., Tufts senior Liz Moynihan hit a desperation, line-drive 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer to give the Jumbos the victory in the second round NCAA Div. III Tourney game Saturday.

With the game tied at 54-54 in OT, UNE’s Alicia Brown rebounded a Tufts free throw miss and the Nor’Easters had a chance to take the lead. However, after a time out, they turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation. With 4.6 seconds remaining in the overtime period, Hayley Kanner inbounded the ball to Moynihan at center court. She darted to the top of the three-point line and her toss went in for the dramatic victory.

Tufts (28-1) advances to the NCAA Sectional round for the third straight season.

UNE, led by a game-high 19 points from sophomore Meghan Gribbin, ends its season at 27-3.

Albany, Stony Brook to meet for title

At Albany, N.Y., for the second-straight year, the top-two seeds will meet for the America East women’s basketball title as No. 1 Albany and No. 2 Stony Brook earned semifinal victories Sunday.

They will meet at 4 p.m. Monday.

Center Megan Craig scored a game-high 23 points to lead a potent inside attack as top-seeded Albany held off fifth-seeded Hartford 65-51 while a balanced attack led by 14 points off the bench by Teasha Harris and control of the backboards lifted second-seeded Stony Brook to a 79-59 win over third-seeded New Hampshire.

Maine eliminated in OT

At Albany, N.Y., on Friday night, freshman Deanna Mayza hit a turnaround jumper from the foul line with 15 seconds left in overtime, then added the two clinching foul shots to lift No. 5 Hartford to a 63-62 America East quarterfinal victory over No. 4 UMaine.

Amber Bepko (16 points) drained three 3-pointers to help Hartford surge to an early 11-2 advantage. UMaine battled back and finally took the lead midway through the second half behind the determined play of senior Ashleigh Roberts, who finished with a game-high 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 43 minutes.Freshman Sigi Koizar (9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) helped the Black Bears force overtime. She rebounded a Liz Wood miss, then scored on a driving scoop shot to make it 52-52 with 1:15 remaining in regulation.

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