|UMass Lowell||University of Maine|
ORONO, Maine — Freshman Kyleigh O’Donnell struck out a career-high 12 hitters to help lead the Black Bears to a 3-0 win in game two of Wednesday’s home opening doubleheader against UMass Lowell at Kessock Field.
The Black Bears (14-16, 5-2) dropped the opener of the two-game stand, 1-0, in eight innings.
O’Donnell went the distance in the shutout, earning her fourth victory of the season after fanning 12 while scattering just two hits.
On a day where neither team was able to muster much offense, Laurine German paced Maine’s attack with a pair of hits and one run scored.
In game one, UMass Lowell’s (12-18, 6-2) Lovina Capria fired an eight-inning, one-hit shutout to stymie Maine’s offense and help propel the River Hawks to a 1-0 victory.
Annie Kennedy was also impressive in the circle for the Black Bears. Kennedy also went the distance, scattering nine hits while surrendering just one run with one strikeout.
UMass Lowell threatened in the sixth with two on and one out. Kennedy and the defense would record the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice putout by German to Alyssa Derrick, erasing the lead runner at third. The River Hawks kept the pressure on as they were able to load the bases with two down. However, Kennedy and the defense would escape the jam when Kennedy produced a ground ball to third in which Derrick fielded cleanly, gunning the ball across the diamond to retire the side.
The River Hawks again threatened in the seventh. With runners on first and second and one out, Madison Alcorn dropped a single into short center. Samantha McQueen hit third and looked to score the go ahead run but Rachel Carlson fielded the base hit cleanly and fired a dart to Maine catcher Maddie Decker. Decker applied the tag, erasing the runner at the plate and ultimately keeping the game scoreless.
The game entered extra innings where UMass Lowell was able to produce the game’s first run in the top of the eighth. A leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt moved pinch runner Colleen Frank to second. A groundout advanced Frank to third before she came in to score on Sydney Barker’s RBI double to the gap in left center.
Maine was unable to get the offense going in the home half of the eighth as it would drop game one to the River Hawks, 1-0.