|UMBC||University of Maine|
ORONO, Maine — Annie Kennedy picked up two wins in the circle as the University of Maine softball team swept Saturday’s doubleheader with UMBC at Kessock Field. The Black Bears were victorious by a 3-0 final in game one before capturing game two, 5-3. The wins improved the Black Bears to 16-16 overall and 7-2 in America East action.
Kennedy picked up her seventh and eighth wins of the season after surrendering just one run over 8.1 innings of work. The senior started game one, tossing a 6.0 inning shutout while allowing just three hits and striking out five with no walks to earn her first win of the day. In game two, Kennedy came on in relief to earn the win, pitching the final 2.1 innings while giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Offensively, four Black Bears finished the day with three hits. Rachel Carlson led the pack with a 3-for-5 showing with a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Laurine German also went 3-for-5, scoring two runs and adding an RBI while Kristen Niland tallied her team-leading sixth double, finishing with three hits and a run. Maddie Decker also chipped in a three-hit performance while Alyssa Derrick drove in three runs on the day.
In game one, the Black Bears broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the home half of the fifth. Carlson went 2-for-2 with a run in Maine’s 3-0 victory while Derrick drove in a pair of runs. German added a 1-for-1 day with an RBI and a run scored.
In the bottom of the fifth, Carlson got the rally started when she shot a deep fly the opposite way to left. Carlson hit second and kept sprinting, reaching third safely for a triple. German’s swinging bunt down the first baseline allowed Carlson to sprint in from third as the senior’s hook slide around the catcher gave the Black Bears a 1-0 advantage. Later on in the inning, with runners at the corners and two out, Derrick shot a double the opposite way to the gap in right center. German and Leonard came around to score on the play, giving Maine a 3-0 lead.
After Kennedy put the Retrievers away in the sixth, Molly Flowers came on in relief for the seventh. Flowers struck out one and secured the victory, along with her second save of the season, for the Black Bears.