|University of Maine||University of Hartford|
W. HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Maine softball team began America East play at 2-0 after sweeping its conference opening doubleheader at Hartford, winning game one 5-2 before taking game two, 2-0 in eight innings.
The victories lift Maine to 11-14 on the season while the Hawks fall to 6-13. The Black Bears have now won 13 consecutive games against the Hawks.
Sarah Coyne and Erika Leonard each tallied three hits on the day.
In game one, Annie Kennedy picked up her fifth win of the season after carrying a shutout into the seventh inning. Kennedy, who fanned five in the win, surrendered a pair of runs in the final frame, as the Black Bears were able to hang on for a 5-2 victory.
Laurine German went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI while Alyssa Derrick blasted her third home run of the season to lead the offense.
The Black Bears plated single runs in the third and fourth to take a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, Shanna Scribner was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Scribner stole second, advanced to third on a groundout before later scoring German’s bunt.
Maine added its second run of the day when Derrick led off the fourth with a solo shot to right center.
The lead swelled to 5-0 as Maine pushed across three more in the sixth. With two away in the inning, Coyne singled through the right side, advanced to second on a Scribner walk and came in on Leonard’s single. German followed, stroking a triple to the gap in right center to score Scribner and Leonard.
Amber Mianti’s two-run home run in the seventh cut the lead to 5-2. Molly Flowers came on in relief to record the final two outs, locking up the victory for the Black Bears.