|University of Maine||UNC-Wilmington|
Wilmington, N.C. — The University of Maine softball team split its opening-day doubleheader, winning game one 11-1 over Bucknell before dropping game two of the afternoon at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 3-1.
Senior Rachel Carlson paved the way for Maine’s offense, recording four hits including a double while driving in three. Kristen Niland, Alyssa Derrick and Maddie Deck eached added a pair of hits while Derrick also knocked in three.
Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second but could not hold on, falling to UNC Wilmington by a 3-1 final. Carlson led the way with three of Maine’s six hits.
The Black Bears started the scoring in the second. Royle reached on a fielder’s choice before Maddie Kimble’s two-out single move Royle to third before the help of an error allowed Royle to score.
The Seahawks tied the score in the home half of the second on Bizzell’s RBI infield single.
UNC Wilmington took a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the third. With two away in the inning, Travers’ two-run homer put the Seahawks on top, 3-1.
Maine was unable to push another run across, ultimately falling in game two, 3-1.
The Black Bears again entertained four pitchers in game two. Kennedy went 2.0 innings, giving up three hits and one run while striking out a pair in the start before giving way to O’Donnell. The freshman hurler took the loss, surrendering two runs on three hits with one strikeout. Volk tossed an inning in relief before Flowers finished the game in the circle with a pair of strikeouts in one inning of work.
Maine returns to the diamond on Saturday when it takes on UNC Wilmington at 10 a.m. before meeting Bucknell at 3 p.m.