|University of Maine||Chattanooga|
Clearwater, Fla. — After five scoreless innings to start the game, the University of Maine softball team could not prevent three-run innings in the sixth and seventh, falling to Chattanooga 6-0 on Thursday morning at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex.
Lilly Volk started on the mound for the Black Bears (6-13), pitching four scoreless innings, while allowing five hits and no walks to the Mocs (12-14) in a no-decision . Chattanooga’s Allison Swinford tossed a complete game in the win, while Kyleigh O’Donnell (1-5) was charged with the loss, allowing just one earned run in one and two-thirds innings pitched. Annie Kennedy pitched the final inning and a third, allowing three hits and an earned run.
After a flawless first inning, Volk allowed two hits in the second inning, but forced a fly out for the third out in the frame with a runner on third base to get out of a jam.
Volk retired the side in order in the third, but the Mocs had a runner on second in the fourth with just one out, but Volk forced back-to-back fly outs to exit the game unscathed.
In the bottom half of the inning, Laurine German and Rachel Carlson tallied two of Maine’s three hits on the day with one out. However, the Black Bears could not capitalize leaving two runners on base in the frame.
O’Donnell came into pitch in the top of the fifth for the Black Bears. With the Mocs having runners on first and third with two outs, she struck out a Chattanooga batter swinging to escape the inning with no damage.
The Mocs took advantage of two Maine errors in the top half of the sixth inning by plating home three runs. German earned a two-out double for the Black Bears in the Maine half of the sixth, and Alyssa Derrick and Rachel Carlson followed with walks to juice the bases. The Black Bears could not plate a run home however, with the third out coming on a pop out to left field.
Chattanooga added three runs in the top of the seventh on three hits. Kristen Niland drew a walk with one out in bottom of the seventh to keep Maine’s hopes alive, but a foul out and a ground out ended the Black Bears’ chance at a comeback.
Maine’s 10th game of the Tampa spring trip begins tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. against Butler.