|University of Maine||Longwood University|
Wilmington, N.C. — Maddie Decker‘s three-run walk-off home run propelled the University of Maine softball team to a 6-4 victory over Longwood in the Black Bears’ finale at the Seahawk Classic.
Rachel Carlson tallied three hits, scored a run and drove in another to help lead the offensive attack. For Carlson, it was her third time in Maine’s first five games in which she recorded three hits.
Annie Kennedy picked up her first win of the season after working 4.0 innings of no-hit relief wth one strikeout. Molly Flowers started the game in the circle for Maine, going 2.0 innings while giving up two hits and one run with two strikeouts. Kyleigh O’Donnell added one inning of relief work, surrendering three runs on one hit and two walks with a pair of strikeouts.
Longwood began the scoring with a run in the top of the first on JessicaSmith’s two-out RBI double down the left field line.
Maine took a 3-1 advantage with three runs in the bottom of the third. Shanna Scribner started the inning with a single to right before moving to second on a wild pitch. Sarah Coyne‘s bunt single put runners on the corners before Carlson’s single to left brought in Scribner. Erika Leonard‘s sacrifice bunt led to a throwing error which allowed Coyne to score before Carlson came in on a double play groundout by Alyssa Derrick.
Longwood responded, pushing across three runs in the top of the fourth to regain a one run lead.
The lead would stand through six as Maine would face its final chance in the bottom of the seventh. Leonard and Derrick would each reach on a pair of fielder’s choice tallies, setting the tone for Decker who launched a three-run homer over the wall in left, giving Maine a 6-4 walk-off victory.
The Black Bears return to action on March 2 when they travel to Oklahoma State to take on Saint Francis and the Cowgirls on Friday beginning at 1:30 p.m.