|Sacred Heart University||UMaine|
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The University of Maine softball team swept a doubleheader from Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Park. Maine took game one, 3-2, before shutting out the Pioneers in the finale, 4-0.
Maddie Decker‘s two-run shot came as part of a three-run top of the second as the Black Bears defeated Sacred Heart, 3-2, in game one.
Erin Bogdanovich picked up the win after going 4.1 innings while giving up two runs on six hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Annie Kennedy notched her second save after tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit action.
Four of the game’s five runs were scored in the second inning, with Maine jumping on the scoreboard first.
Royle started the top of the second with a single down the line in left before coming around on Decker’s homer. Laurine German kept the rally alive by working a walk before advancing to second on a single from Douglass. The bases would load up after Erika Leonard reached on a fielder’s choice before Carlson’s sac-fly to center plated German.
The Pioneers were able to tack on runs in the second and third innings but Bogdanovich, Kennedy and the Maine defense refused to surrender the lead. Maine picked up its fourth win of the year with a 3-2 final.
Molly Flowers was tremendous in the circle for the Black Bears in game two. Flowers picked up the complete game, shutout victory after scattering four hits and fanning seven to lead Maine to a doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 victory.
Royle recorded the lone RBI of the day as five different Black Bears recorded a single hit. Douglass, Carlson and Rachel Harvey each scored a run for the visitors.
The game was scoreless through five innings before Maine struck with two runs in the top of the sixth. Carlson started the frame with a walk and moved to second on Harvey’s single. A groundout from Kristen Niland gave Maine runners at second and third before Carlson would break the scoreless tie, scoring on a wild pitch.
The inning continued when Harvey scored on a sac-fly by Royle.
Maine added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Douglass started the inning with a single. Leonard followed by reaching on an error. The throwing mishap allowed Douglass to come all the way around to score Maine’s third run. Leonard would later score on a sacrifice by Harvey.