BOSTON, Mass — Melanie Delgado cranked a three-run home run in the second inning Friday morning, lifting top-seeded Boston University to a 3-2 victory over the fourth-seeded University of Maine in the first round of the America East Softball Championship.
UMaine (17-29) faces No. 3 Albany in an 1:30 p.m. elimination game on Saturday.
Jessica Burk hit a two-run shot in the third inning, accounting for the Black Bears’ only runs.
Holli Floetker (18-3) spread out six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks for the Terriers (38-14). Delgao also doubled, while Jayme Mask singled three times among 10 BU hits.
EmJ Fogel doubled for UMaine to support losing pitcher Ashley Kelley, who struck out one and walked two.
The Bears didn’t muster much against Floetker, but threatened in the seventh. Jean Stevens hit a leadoff single and pinch runner Kristen Koslosky moved up on Margaret Hilton’s sacrifice bunt. One out later, Lindsey Jenkins reached on an infield hit, but Floetker induced Fogel to line out to left field.
Husson ousted; UNE alive
At Amherst, Mass., sixth-seeded Husson University of Bangor was knocked out of the NCAA DIvision III Regional by virtue of a 6-4 loss to No. 3 Amherst and an 11-8 setback to No. 7 University of New England of Biddeford.
The Nor’easters (27-13), who lost 10-0 to No. 2 SUNY Plattsburgh earlier Friday, stay alive in the eight-team, double-elimination event. The Eagles close out the season at 33-13.
In Husson’s first game, Kelsey Ayers and Theresa Kelley each hit run-scoring singles during a two-run sixth inning that gave the Lord Jeffs the margin of victory.
Kelley (19-2) also scattered four hits over seven innings and struck out 10 without issuing a walk. Kaitlin Silkowitz plated two runs with a double and a single and Carolyn Miller doubled and singled for host Amherst (35-4).
Victoria Overlock paced Husson with a double, two singles and three RBIs. Her three-run double in the sixth briefly cut the deficit to 4-3. Lona Sargent provided a two-out, RBI double in the seventh to support losing pitcher Becca McCarty (18-8), who allowed 10 hits and struck out two.
In an elimination game, UNE scored seven runs in the second inning with the help of three errors en route to ousting Husson.
Ashley Gott poked a double and two singles with an RBI while Jessica Potter (RBI), Maegen Johnson (RBI) and Allie Frazier chipped in with three singles apiece for the Nor’easters, who piled up 16 hits.
Kelly Reid (17-4) spaced 10 hits and allowed only four unearned runs while striking out six for UNE, which also got two singles from Amanda Vaudreuil.
Courtney Hill and Amy Mortensen posted two singles each to lead Husson. Heidi Shaw plated three runs with a single, Lona Sargent had a two-run single, Victoria Overlock hit an RBI double and Brianna Webster had an RBI single.
Becca McCarty gave up eight hits and eight runs, only one of which was earned, in 2 2/3 innings.
In UNE’s opener, Ashley Marshall (23-4) pitched a four-hit shutout to propel SUNY Plattsburgh. She fanned 10 and walked one.
Allison Smiddy homered and singled with two RBIs, while Brianna Clarke (double, single) and Megan Price (home run) knocked in two runs each.
Ashley Gott posted two singles for the Nor’easters bheind losing pitcher Kelly Reid (16-5), who gave up five hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings.
St. Joseph’s eliminated
At Amherst, Mass., Danielle Gravel doubled home Brittany Smyder (single) with one out in the ninth inning to lift No. 8 Keuka College past No. 5 Saint Joseph’s of Standish in the NCAA Division III Amherst Regional.
The Monks finished their season at 33-9.
Theresa Hendrix and Rae-Mare Copan (8-4) combined to limit Keuka to seven hits, but Saint Joseph’s committed five errors.
Jessica Bandrowski had an RBI single for the winners to back Gravel (18-5), who worked around 15 hits.
Emily Leverone led the Monks with a double and two singles, while Kim Jordan provided a home run, a single and two RBIs. Heather Tripp and Lindsay Moore each singled twice with an RBI and Maddie Kluna added two singles.
Saint Joseph’s scored twice in the seventh to force extra innings. Shufelt had an infield hit with one out and moved to third on Leverone’s two-out double. Tripp and Moore each followed with a run-scoring infield single to make it 4-4.
Bowdoin 3, Amherst 2
At Middletown, Conn., Aaron Rosen singled with two out in the top of the 11th inning to score Tim McGarry, who had walked, as the Polar Bears edged the Lord Jeffs on the first day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament.
Bowdoin College of Brunswick (24-16) plays Trinity on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the four-team, double-elimination event.
Tim McGarry hit three singles with an RBI for the Polar Bears, while Luke Regan singled twice and knocked in a run. John Lefeber doubled to back relief winner Henry Van Zant (3-3), who pitched three innings of one-hit, shutout relief.
Oliver Van Zant allowed five hits and two runs over the first eight innings.
Dan Pillitteri hit a solo homer and Mike Samela stroked a run-scoring single for Amherst, while Taiki Kasuga doubled and singled.
Bowdoin had tied the game 2-2 in the ninth when McGarry and Dan Findley singled and Regan provided an RBI infield single.