ORONO, Maine — Jean Stevens cranked a two-run home run to highlight a four-run fifth inning that lifted the University of Maine to a 6-1 softball victory over Husson University at Kessock Field.
EmJ Fogel knocked in two runs with a single and Felicia Lennon stroked two doubles while Jessica Burk (RBI) and Sarah Obert singled twice for the Black Bears (15-13). Samantha Ralphs added a single and an RBI among the hosts’ 12 hits.
Kylie Sparks (5-2) earned the win with six innings of five-hit, one-run ball with five strikeouts. Alexis Bogdanovich pitched a scoreless seventh.
Lindsey Merrill paced Husson University of Bangor (15-7) with two singles. Chelsea Brennan poked an RBI double, while Allison Hill and Haley Spiers also doubled.
Starter Amanda Ryan (7-5) surrendered 10 hits and six runs in five innings.
Bates 9-5, UMF 3-3
At Lewiston, the Bobcats collected 23 hits while sweeping a doubleheader from the Beavers.
Kira Shaikh hit a two-run home run and a double in the first game, then socked a two-run shot with a third RBI in the nightcap.
In the opener, Kelsey Freeman spaced seven hits and three runs to get the win in the circle. She also helped her cause with two singles.
Molly Brown and Abigail Abbott each added two singles and an RBI.
Katie Clark led the University of Maine-Farmington (4-4) with two singles and two RBIs behind losing pitcher Kristen Manzo.
In Game 2, the Bobcats scored five times in the first inning to provide pitcher Brenna Callahan with ample support. She spaced nine hits and three runs.
Karen Lockhart and Alayna Gabarino each provided two singles and drove in a run, while Alex Eliopoulos doubled and singled.
Merrill Bond stroked a three-run triple for the Beavers, who received two singles each from Katie Clark and Jillian Withee. Courtney Fowler took the loss.
Husson 9, St. Joseph’s 4
At Mahaney Diamond in Standish, Zachary Yates pitched seven innings of three-hit, shutout relief with four strikeouts and two walks as the Eagles beat the Monks
J.T. Whitten, Dennis Meehan and Kyle Bishop drove in two runs apiece with a pair of singles or Husson University of Bangor (14-9), while Jordan Carter posted a single and two RBIs.
The Eagles scored four times in the sixth inning to extend a one-run advantage.
Alex Lorence (RBI) and Tim Beaudette each doubled and singled for Saint Joseph’s (14-9), while Zack Graham singled twice and knocked in a run.
Reliever Thomas Fortier suffered the loss.
St. Joseph’s 13, UMF 3
At Portland, Cassie Diplock tallied four goals in the Monks’ win over the Beavers.
Mary Leasure notched two goals and an assist while Krystal Walsh and Anneka Adame scored two goals each for Saint Joseph’s of Standish (10-6). Lizzie Calnan had a goal and an assist and Kat Gadbois and Meghan Williams had one goal each.
Emma Astbury made six saves.
Maddi Kadnar, Rhi Jackson and Ayla Allen netted a goal apiece for the University of Maine-Farmington (3-8). Hannah Goodenow registered 16 saves.
Missouri’s Haith to Tulsa
Missouri coach Frank Haith is close to reaching an agreement to take the vacant job at Tulsa, multiple reports indicated Thursday.
The Tulsa opening was created with Danny Manning left earlier this month after leading the Golden Hurricane into the NCAA Tournament to become the head coach at Wake Forest. CBSSports.com reported that Tulsa would pay up to $1 million per year to lure Haith away from Missouri.
Haith came to Missouri from the University of Miami and led the Tigers to two NCAA Tournament berths in his three seasons at the school, compiling a 76-28 record. Missouri played in the NIT this past season.
Off the court, Missouri players have run into trouble during Haith’s brief tenture. The latest incident involved the arrest and removal of Louisville transfer Zach Price from the program after he allegedly assaulted former teammate Earnest Ross and his girlfriend.