|University of Maine||St. Francis|
Stillwater, Oklahoma — The University of Maine softball team split its two contests on day two at the Mizuno Classic, hosted at Oklahoma State. Maine opened the day with an 8-3 victory over Saint Francis before falling in game two to No. 24 Oklahoma State, 8-0 in five innings.
Four Black Bears tallied two hits while Meghan Royle added a grand slam, her second home run in as many days, as Maine’s 11 hit attack propelled it past Saint Francis in game one, 8-3. Kristen Niland tallied two doubles, drove in two and scored a run while Erika Leonard added two hits, including a double, scored two runs and drove in another. Rachel Carlson and Laurine German each posted two hits with a run scored.
Annie Kennedy moved to 2-0 on the season after going four innings in the start, scattering four hits, surrendering just one run while fanning three. Lilly Volk tossed three innings in relief, giving up two runs on four hits.
The Black Bears broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the fourth. Niland’s RBI double to left brought in Leonard and Maddie Decker. Maddie Kimble was able to reach on an error by the Saint Francis catcher which also allowed Niland to score.
Saint Francis would get one back in the home half of the fourth when Bower scored on Seneca’s sacrifice fly.
Maine responded, pushing across five in the fifth. Leonard’s RBI single to left scored Carlson before Royle blasted a grand slam, her second home run in as many days, to give Maine an 8-1 lead.
Saint Francis added a solo home run in the fifth and one more run in the seventh but the Black Bears were able to hold on, taking the 8-3 victory.