The University of Maine softball team was defeated by BYU 10-4 in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday.
Maine dug itself into an early hole, trailing 7-0 after four, but clawed its way back into it before falling 10-4. Royle posted two hits, including a home run, while Leonard notched a double, driving in two and scoring a run.
Rylee Jensen began the scoring for the Cougars with a solo home run in the third. BYU went on to add six runs in the bottom of the fourth to carry a 7-0 lead into the top of the fifth.
Royle led off the top of the fifth by blasting her second home run of the spring over the wall in center. Maine continued its rally with back-to-back walks from Maddie Decker and Ashley Tinsman. Laurine German reached on a fielder’s choice, erasing Tinsman at second, while pinch runner Chloe Douglass advanced to third. Leonard plated Douglass and German as she ripped a double to the power alley in right center for her team-leading fourth two-bagger of the season. Carlson followed by slapping a bloop single to short right to bring in Leonard, cutting the Cougar lead to 7-4.
A three-run bottom of the sixth from BYU extended the Cougar lead out to six, 10-4.
Maine was unable to cut into the lead in its final frame, falling by the 10-4 final.
Molly Flowers was credited with the loss after giving up eight runs on five hits with seven walks and one strikeout. Annie Kennedy gave up two runs on four hits in relief before Bogdanovich tossed the final 0.2 innings, giving up one hit and fanning one.