UMaine softball team snaps 22-game losing streak

Posted March 15, 2013, at 4:45 p.m.
Last modified March 15, 2013, at 10:33 p.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jean Stevens cranked a two-run home run in the third and pitcher Hannah Hill allowed only one run to help the University of Maine softball team win its second straight game, 2-1 over the Rhode Island Rams Friday.

Earlier in the day the Black Bears beat Quinnipiac 8-7 to snap its 22-game losing streak.

The Bears had not won a game since beating North Carolina Central in their season opener on Feb. 8.

Stevens’ homer was her fifth of the season and came off former Bangor High star Sam Bedore. The junior righthander turned in a solid game for the Rams, giving up only two hits and two walks while striking out six.

Maine played errorless ball and the Rams (3-9) stranded nine runners. Hill scattered seven hits and struck out five.

In the first game, Stevens hit a three-run home run and Hilary Kane added a two-run shot to propel the Bears to victory.

Maine scored a run in the first on EmJ Fogel’s RBI single and added another in the second when Kane singled and later came around when Stephanie Wood reached on an error.

The Bobcats also scored a run in the first and two more in the second, but Maine answered with Kane’s two-run homer in the third.

After a Quinnipiac run in its half of the inning, Stevens cranked her three-run homer in the fourth, but the Bobcats closed the lead to 7-6 with two runs in the fifth. The Bears added an insurance run in the sixth when Makaila Kowalsky singled and eventually scored when Jessica Burk reached on an error.

Beth Spoehr recorded the win for Maine after giving up five runs and seven hits in five innings while Alexis Bogdanovich came on to record the save after giving up a run and four hits.

Bates posts two wins

At Clermont, Fla., fhe Bates softball team came up with two clutch wins, defeating Westfield State 4-3 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, then shutting out Becker College 2-0 with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Trailing 3-1 and going into the bottom of the seventh against Westfield, Bates sophomore Brenna Callahan and senior Mary Lewis led off with back-to-back singles. Sophomore Kelsey Freedman loaded the bases with a one-out single, and junior Alayna Garbarino followed with a fourth single, scoring Callahan.

The Owls got one out closer to the win by inducing Bates into a pop fly, bringing up Bates senior Caroline Gattuso. Gattuso doubled, scoring Lewis with the tying run and Freedman with the winning run on a close play at home plate.

Bates (3-1) went on to post a 2-0 win over Becker College, with Freedman and Gattuso combining for eight strikeouts in a three-hit shutout. Freedman threw the first three innings and struck out five. Gattuso came on to start the fourth, allowing a hit to the first batter she faced and holding the Hawks (3-7) hitless the rest of the way.

Kelsey Norberg (3-3) went the full seven innings for Becker and kept the game at a scoreless draw through five innings. Bates broke the ice in the top of the sixth, when senior AnnaMarie Martino reached base and advanced all the way to third base on a Becker error. First-year Karen Lockhart followed with a sacrifice fly to right field for the 1-0 lead. In the seventh, Bates sophomore Molly Brown hit an RBI single up the middle to score senior Lewis with an insurance run. Gattuso’s 1-2-3 seventh inning finished off the 2-0 day.

Brown was 3-for-4 for Bates.

Monks close with two victories

At Fort Myers, Fla., Saint Joseph’s (8-2) capped the spring trip with a pair of victories. The Monks defeated Franklin & Marshall University (4-8), 4-2, in the first game of the day and toppled Polytechnic (NY) (0-2), 7-0, in the final contest.

Saint Joseph’s struck early in the win over Franklin & Marshall, scoring four runs over the first three innings to provide plenty of support for burgeoning staff ace Rae-Marie Copan (Newton, Mass.). The junior pitcher registered her third brilliant performance in as many outings, allowing two runs off six hits with 10 strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Saint Joseph’s left little doubt as to which club would come out on top in the team’s final tilt of the trip, as the Monks scored all of their runs in the first two frames en route to a 7-0 win over Polytechnic (NY), capping a successful trip with an 8-2 record.

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Bowdoin earns sweep

At Winter Haven, Fla., the Bowdoin College baseball team returned to its winning ways sweeping Mass. College of Liberal Arts in a doubleheader 3-2 and 5-0.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth in game one, Bowdoin scored a single run to tie the game on a Kyle LeBlanc single that scored Timothy McGarry. In the sixth inning, McGarry took a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to put the Polar Bears on top. LeBlanc scored Bowdoin’s first run of the game on a double-steal in the first inning.

Christian Martin took a no-decision after allowing one earned run and striking out eight in four innings of work. Dave Bernstein took the win in relief while Mike Levine earned the save.

First-year Harry Ridge posted his second-straight impressive showing by tossing six shutout innings on the way to a victory in game two. The rookie struck out seven and walked none, allowing just two hits.

Bowdoin scored all the runs it would need in the fifth when Matt Savard blasted a solo homer and Duncan Taylor dropped down a squeeze bunt to score Michael Staes. Dan Findley later knocked home an RBI single and the Polar Bears scored twice on wild pitches in the sixth to seal the win. John Lefeber and Stephen Girolamo had two hits each in the win.

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