|UMaine||Grand Canyon University|
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.
Rachel Harvey and Meghan Royle each notched their first home runs of the year in game one of the day. Harvey ended the day with three hits to lead the offense while Royle Rachel Carlson and Erika Leonard, who drove in a pair in game two, each ended the day with two hits.
In game one, Maine again ran into trouble with a single bad inning as it surrendered five runs to GCU in the bottom of the fifth.
The Lopes jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a single run in the bottom of the third before Maine answered with a pair in the fourth. Maddie Decker reached on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch before being lifted for a pinch runner in Laurine German. Harvey’s homer brought in German, putting the Black Bears up 2-1.
GCU tacked on five runs in the fifth, keyed by a three-run triple from Wartman, as the Lopes led 6-2 after five complete. GCU added on three more runs in the home half of the sixth to building a 9-2 advantage heading into the final inning.
Maine was able to get one back in the seventh on Royle’s solo blast but it failed to close the gap further, falling by a final of 9-3. Leonard and Rachel Carlson each also added hits for the Black Bears in game one.
Annie Kennedy took the loss in game one after giving up six runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings of work. Molly Flowers tossed 1.2 innings in relief, surrendering three runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.