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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 two, Derrick’s RBI single in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie before Maine tacked on two more runs in the sixth to take the victory, 5-3.

Nine different Black Bears tallied a hit in the win, led by German and Decker’s two-hit performances. Carlson added a hit, two RBI and a run while Leonard drove in a pair for Maine’s third consecutive victory.

Kyleigh O’Donnell got the start for Maine, working 4.2 innings while giving up two runs, none earned, on three hits with six strikeouts in the no decision. Kennedy tossed 2.1 innings in relief, earning the win to improve to 8-4 on the year.

Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Back-to-back singles from German and Decker started the rally before the duo advanced on a passed ball. Leonard’s sac-fly to left brought in German with the first run of the contest.

The Black Bears tacked on a run in the second when they loaded the bases before Carlson’s sac-fly to center allowed Niland to tag and score from third.

The Retrievers tied things up, first cutting the lead in half with a run in the fourth before tying it in the fifth on Tori Alexander’s sac-fly.

However, Maine would have the answer in the bottom of the fifth. With two away, Decker singled down the left field line before being lifted in favor of pinch runner Shanna Scribner. Scribner moved to second on Leonard’s walk before Derrick’s single to left scored Scribner, regaining a one run lead for the Black Bears.

Maine tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Amanda Nee started the inning with a double over the left fielder’s head. Maddie Kimble came on to run for Nee, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Emily Gilmore. Carlson’s sharp single to short brought in Kimble from third. German followed with a single through the right side before Leonard’s single back up the box plated Carlson.

The Black Bears would carry a 5-2 advantage into the seventh.

UMBC was able to get one back in the top of the seventh frame but it could not close the gap any further. Kennedy fanned the final batter of the inning as the Black Bears completed the sweep with a 5-3 victory.

The two teams close the series on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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