BIDDEFORD, Maine — The University of New England scored five times with two outs in the bottom of the 2nd to overcome an early deficit and claim a 7-4 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) softball victory against Salve Regina University on Thursday afternoon at Bill Doran Field. SRU took the opener of the league doubleheader by a 4-3 margin.
The results keep the Nor’easters at the .500 mark (9-9, 5-5 CCC), while the conference setback was the first of the season for the Seahawks (16-9, 11-1 CCC).
Boarman registered her 11th triumph of the year during the GAME 1 win, tossing seven frames of four-hit, one-walk ball while fanning three. All three runs scored by the opposition were unearned.
Salve Regina got right to work in the 1st inning of the day, as Francesca Galeazzi (Lynn, Mass.) drew a lead-off walk and swiped both second and third base. Another walk and two outs setup Nikki Bukovsky (Westport, Conn.) for a two-RBI triple — the first of her two hits.
That 2-0 spread held until the home team swung the advantage their way (3-2) in the 3rd. Gerhard, Helmbrecht, and Lachapelle each recorded an RBI in the session, without a hit, pushing Alexis Kapsambelis (Merrimack, N.H.), Alberghini, and Helmbrecht around to the plate.
Boarman and UNE hurler Melissa Sprague (Londonderry, N.H.) combined to retire the next 12 batters, before O’Riley began the Seahawks’ 6th with a pinch-hit double. Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.) immediately turned in an RBI-single to tie the score (3-3), and later accounted for what proved to be the deciding tally on a sacrifice fly.
The Nor’easters got a runner to third base with two out in the 6th, but were unable to pull even on the scoreboard.
Sprague struck out five in the setback.