CLEARWATER, Fla. — The University of Maine softball team closed its spring trip by winning two of its last three games and evening its record to 8-8.
The Black Bears wrapped up their spring trip with a 2-0 loss to Buffalo after notching wins over Providence and Central Michigan on Saturday by identical scores of 4-2.
Sammi Gallardo hit a solo homer for Buffalo (12-9) in the second inning and the other run came across on a wild pitch in the third.
Erin Bogdanovich took the loss for Maine, giving up two runs on four hits in 4⅓ innings. Hannah Hill finished with 2 ⅔ innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts.
In Saturday’s first game, the Bears took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Samantha Ralphs’ single scored Kristen Koslosky, who had doubled. Jean Stevens added a sacrifice fly.
Maine tacked on two more runs in the fifth when Felicia Lennon singled home Rachel Harvey, who had doubled. Ralphs scored the second run on a wild pitch.
Kylie Sparks (2-2) notched the win as she gave up six hits and two unearned runs with two strikeouts.
In the second game, Shelby Obert sparked Maine with two hits, two runs and an RBI.
Stevens cranked a two-run double for the Bears in the first inning and added another run in the third when Burk’s double plated Obert, who had singled.
Hill earned the victory after giving up two runs in 3 ⅔ innings on three hits with two strikeouts.
MMA goes 2-2 over weekend
At Orono, Maine Maritime Academy opened the season by going 2-2 in non-conference games against Emerson and UMaine-Presque Isle Friday and Saturday at the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome.
MMA beat UMPI 12-6 and 4-3 on Saturday, but was beaten by Emerson 21-1 and 8-2 on Friday.
In Saturday’s first game, MMA scored four runs in the first on Abby Yeo’s bases-loaded triple and Erica Taylor’s RBI single. Yeo picked up the win, giving up seven hits and striking out six.
In the second game, Ashlee Knight sparked MMA with a three-run double in the third while Erica Taylor notched the win by scattering three hits over five innings.
Medaille, UMF split
At Lakeland, Fla., the University of Maine at Farmington rallied from a tough loss in game one to post a 4-3 victory over Medaille College (N.Y.) in game two and salvage a split in the doubleheader.
The Mavericks won the first game 9-4.
Jordan Croteau and Trevor Hisler sparked UMF with two-out RBI singles in the second inning.
Freshman Brandon Soper earned the win in relief, scattering three hits and striking out two.
In the first game, the Beavers managed eight hits but stranded nine base runners and struggled to get their offense in gear, after the Mavericks got on the board with some early big innings.
Medaille plated four runs in the first inning, including a three-run double to deep left-center off the bat of Ryan Markiewicz.
Ethan Gouin had a two-run single for UMF and Chad Snowman had an RBI single.
Husson drops two
At Winter Haven, Fla., Suffolk swept Husson 1-0 and 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday as the Eagles closed their spring trip with a 3-4 record.
In the first game, Suffolk’s Jake Cintolo scored the only run of the game in the top of the sixth off a Husson error.
Pat Thibodeau paced Husson with two hits and Brandon Reilly was the hard-luck loser, giving up six hits and an unearned run.
In the second game, a sacrifice fly by Luke Ronchi in the 10th gave Suffolk the victory.
A two-run double by Josh Gaudette gave Husson a 2-1 lead in the fourth, but Suffolk’s Jon Lapolla gave his team the lead with a two-run home run.
Husson tied it in the seventh on Thibodeau’s RBI fielder’s choice.
Dan Whitney pitched seven solid innings for Husson, allowing a hit and three runs.
SUNY Maritime 10, MMA 9
At Castine, Paul Grubb’s goal two minutes into overtime lifted SUNY Maritime by Maine Maritime Academy in the final game of the Maritime Cup Sunday at Ritchie Field.
Nicholas Betti and Brady Harrison sparked MMA (0-3) with three goals each while Bronson Guimond, Justin Lovely and Peter Moore each added a goal. Nick Snelling added four assists and Gavin Cote stopped four shots.
Grubb finished with three goals to spark SUNY (2-5).