PHOENIX, Ariz. — The University of Maine softball team (1-4) dropped its final two games at the Grand Canyon University Invitational on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears fell in game one to Grand Canyon University (GCU) by a score of 9-3 before take a 5-3 loss to Creighton.
In game two, Maine gave up four runs to Creighton in the first two innings and could not overcome the early deficit, falling by a final of 5-3.
Harvey went 2-for-4 with a run in game two while Leonard added a two-run double. Flowers picked up the loss, giving up four runs on five hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Erin Bogdanovich came on in relief, giving up one run on two hits over the final 2.1 innings.
A three-run homer by Sam Dellinger in the top of the first dug an early hole for the Black Bears. Creighton added a run in the home half of the second as it led 4-0 after two.
Maine began its charge back when Royle’s single through the left side brought in Harvey.
However, the Blue Jays would answer right back on Jen Daro’s solo blast in the fifth.
Maine continued to chip away, adding two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3. Kristen Niland worked a one out walk and was subbed for pinch runner Chloe Douglass. Douglass advanced to second on a two out walk by German before Leonard followed with a double to left, scoring a pair.
However, Maine could not get any closer, falling by a score of 5-3 to the Blue Jays.