June 25, 2018
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Wednesday’s college roundup, softball: Husson sweeps USM


BANGOR — Freshman Brianna Martin belted a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday to lift Husson University to a 4-2 softball victory over the University of Southern Maine in the first game of a doubleheader at O’Keefe Complex.

The Eagles won the second game 15-2 in five innings.

In the opener, Kayla Merrill pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief to help secure the win for the Eagles (6-8). Starter Amanda Ryan scattered eight hits and two runs over the first 5 2/3 innings.

Melissa Souza hit a solo homer and a single for Husson, while Sami Schultz doubled and singled.

Stefanie Stockwell hit a solo homer for Southern Maine of Gorham (1-13), while Katie Davis (RBI) and Kristen Duross each posted two singles.

In Game 2, Lona Sargent singled twice with two RBIs to pace a 12-hit attack for the Eagles. Kelsey Livermore (RBI) and Aimee Mortensen each hit two singles, while Souza had a single with three RBIs and Victoria Overlock added a single and two RBIs.

Merrill spread out six hits and two runs wihle going the distance.

Stockwell doubled and singled for the Huskies, who received a run-scoring douyble from Jessica Hayden and a run-scoring single from Duross.

So. Virginia sweeps UMPI

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The University of Maine-Presque Isle softball team dropped a pair of games at Southern Virginia University on Tuesday, 11-1 in the opener and 13-2 in the nightcap. Both games lasted 5 innings. The wins improve the Knights record to 10-13. The Owls fell to 0-8.

UMPI will play a doubleheader Wednesday at 2pm and 4pm at Mary Baldwin (VA) College.

Game 1: SVU 11, OWLS 1

The Knights jumped out to a lead with six runs in the first. After scoring five more in the third, the Owls got on the board in the 4th.

With runners on first and third with only one out, Presque Isle pulled off a double steal. Megan Hannigan(Fr./Houlton, ME) broke off 1st and swiped second while Kellie Peers (Sr./Caswell, ME) broke for home and scored on the play.

McKenzy Mackay pitched five innings and earned her 7th win of the season. Krista Coffin (Jr./Presque Isle, ME) (0-6) took the loss.

Game 2: SVU 13, OWLS 2

After giving up two runs in the first, the Owls came back to tie things up in the second inning. With two on and two out, Jessica Campbell (Fr./Lisbon, ME) singled to center for the first two RBI’s of her collegiate career.

The Knights added single runs in the 2nd and 3rd but it was still a ballgame heading into the 4th. Down 4-2 however, the Owls ran into trouble in the bottom of the 4th. The Presque Isle defense surrendered 5 walks, an error, and a grand slam, en route to a Southern Virginia 9-run frame.

10 of the 13 runs allowed by UMPI pitching were unearned.

Annie Biggs pitched a complete game to earn her 3rd win of the season. Amanda Allen (Fr./Limestone, ME) (0-2) started and took the loss.

UNE, E. Nazarene split

QUINCY, Mass. — The Eastern Nazarene softball team split a pair of nail-biters against the University of New England Wednesday in Commonwealth Coast Conference play at Mitchell/McCoy Field. The Lions prevailed in game one 2-0 before falling 2-1 in the nightcap to move to 6-15 on the season and 3-5 in league action. The Nor’easters progress to 9-7 overall and 3-3 against conference opponents with the results.

Sterling Marino (North Kingstown, R.I.) landed two hits and drove in the home team’s only RBI on the day while Cayla Clinkscale (Winchendon, Mass.) also collected a pair of hits. Carissa Cicolini (Methuen, Mass.) andSam Losano (Elverta, Calif.) each registered a base knock and a run scored while Kendra Brasil (Haverhill, Mass.) crossed the plate once in the doubleheader.

In the pitcher’s circle, Kori Sorensen (Quincy, Mass.) pitched two complete games and totaled 12 strikeouts.

In the opening tilt, Eastern Nazarene broke up the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with a run to claim a 1-0 edge. Brasil scampered home from third as Olivia Tovar (Coarsegold, Calif.) was thrown out trying to advance to second after drawing a walk.

The Lions added a run in the sixth to double their lead to 2-0. Cicolini slid into home plate safely on a wild pitch with two outs.

Sorensen allowed just two hits and two walks as she earned her fifth victory of the season. The sophomore fanned seven batters in seven innings of work.

In game two, the hosts got on the board in the first to take a 1-0 advantage. Losano notched a lead-off single to center and advanced to third following a pair of groundouts. Marino drove in Losano with a two-out RBI single to right center.

The University of New England tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning as Allie Frazier launched a solo shot over the fence in left center.

The visitors seized a one-run lead in the seventh to go up 2-1. Abby Lambert laced a two-out single through the right side of the infield to plate Jess Lemos from third for the go-ahead run.

Sorensen tossed her second complete game of the afternoon in the nightcap, striking out five while scattering five hits and one walk.

Eastern Nazarene will look to gain ground in the conference standings as it hosts Endicott April 6.


USM 7, Bowdoin 2

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Nick Grady went 3-4 with two RBI to lead the University of Southern Maine baseball team to a 7-2 win over Bowdoin on Wednesday afternoon at Pickard Field.

The Huskies improve to 11-3 on the season with the win. The Polar Bears, who were playing their home opener, drop to 9-9 overall on the year.

Grady got the Huskies going with a two-run double in the first inning to put the visitors up early. Bowdoin chipped away at the lead with a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI groundout from Duncan Taylor and tied the game in the bottom of the third when Aaron Rosen came around to score when an errant throw got away from Southern Maine 1B Brett Barrett.

Southern Maine regained the lead in the top of the fourth, putting runners on first and third with no one out. Matt Verrier tapped an RBI grounder to second and Troy Thibodeau lifted a sacrifice fly to center to put USM on top for good. The Huskies added three insurance runs in the eighth on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch from Chris Bernard, a sac fly from Verrier and a run-scoring single to left by Barrett to seal the 7-2 victory.

Tucker White and Anthony Pisa also had two-hit games for the Huskies, who got a strong start from Tyler Leavitt (2-0), who went 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run and four hits.

Bowdoin used nine different pitchers in the mid-week game, with Drew LoRusso taking the loss after allowing the two unearned runs in the fourth inning.

The Polar Bears will return to action Friday at Bates (3:00 p.m.) while USM hosts Salem State Thursday (3:30) in its home-opener.

Eastern U. 9, UMPI 5

WAYNE, Pa. — In a seesaw battle that saw six lead changes, it was host Eastern University that managed the last big inning, besting guest UMaine-Presque Isle 9-5 on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles improve to 7-10 on the season. The Owls’ record now stands at 4-12.

Presque Isle jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first after Justin Bergeron (Jr./Tiverton, RI) led off the game with a single and two batters later was driven in by a Carlos Villoria (Sr./Caracas, Venezuela)double.

That lead held until the 4th when the Eagles broke through for a pair of runs against Owls’ starter Dylan Worster (Jr./Howland, ME).

Presque Isle got the game back to even in the next half inning. With two down and nobody on, Tanner Marshall (Fr./Cleburne, TX) singled to right. Joshua Gale (So./Sedgwick, ME) followed with a single through the left side. Ted Walker (Jr../Caribou, ME) then came up and roped a third straight base hit to right, scoring Marshall and knotting the game at 2-2.

After the Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the 5th on an Eric Rossi single scoring Ryan McMenamin, the Owls once again wasted no time in responding. Jordan Miller came on in relief for EU and was immediately greeted by a Logan McLaughlin (Fr./Mars Hill, ME) home run. Stephen Thorne (Sr./Dalhousie, New Brunswick) was then hit by a pitch and quickly scampered to third on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively. Bergeron followed by ripping an RBI single to right scoring Thorne. He promptly stole second and went to third on Jordan Duffy‘s (Sr./Fort Augustus PEI, Canada) infield single. Carlos Villoria (Sr./Caracas, Venezuela) worked the count to 3-0 before grounding into a 4-6-3 double play with Bergeron scoring on the play to give UMPI 3 runs and the lead back, 5-3.

That was the last time the Owls would lead however as the Eagles provided a final answer, scoring six runs in the bottom of the 6th. Amazingly, all six runs came after Worster retired the first two hitters of the inning. With two down and nobody on, the Eagles next 8 batters reached on 3 singles, 3 doubles, and an error against Worster and reliever Adam Geel (Fr./Calais, ME). When it was over, the Owls saw their 5-3 lead turned into a 9-5 deficit.

UMPI made one last stand in the 9th as they took advantage of some wildness on the mound. Marshall led off by getting hit by a pitch. He would eventually come around to score after the Eagles issued 3 walks and a wild pitch. However, with the bases loaded and only one out, Greg Lukasik entered the game for EU and slammed the door by retiring the final two batters.

Worster (1-2) was saddled with the loss. In 5.2 IP, he gave up 7 runs, all earned, walked 1 and struck out 4. EU’s Jordan Miller who pitched one inning of relief, was credited with the win, Lukasik picked up the save.

UMPI 3, Rowan 1

GLASSBORO, N.J. – The University of Maine-Presque Isle team picked up its second win in three games on Tuesday, defeating Rowan (NJ) University, 3-1.

The Owls improve to 4-11 while the Profs are now at 11-7 on the year . Right-hander Andrew Carter (So./Carlo, NB, Canada) pitched a complete game for the win. Carter (1-1) only allowed three hits and one earned run in 9 innings of work. He struck out five. Righty Brian Sietsma was saddled with the loss. In two innings of relief, Sietsma (0-2) gave up one hit and two earned runs.

The game was a pitcher’s duel through sixe innings between Carter and Prof’s starter Mike Behar. Rowan got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when Nick Kreiger scored on a wild pitch. That was it for scoring until the Owls evened things up in the top of the 7th. Designated hitter Tanner Marshall (Fr./Cleburne, TX) got things going with a single. Daniel Lewis (Jr./Gardner Mines, Nova Scotia) followed by reaching on a fielder’s choice with Marshall moving to second on the play. After an Alex Csiernik (Jr./Hamilton, Ontario) sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position with one out, Cam Morrell (Jr./Harpswell, ME) provided an RBI groundout to tie the game, 1-1.

The score remained knotted until the 9th. In the top half, Owls’ 1B Carlos Villoria (Sr./Caracas, Venezuela) continued his torrid hitting by leading off with a double. Marshall was hit by a pitch to put two on. An out and a walk later and Presque Isle had a chance to take the lead with the bases loaded and only one down. That is when Morrell (Jr./Harpswell, ME) once again delivered with an RBI single to centerfield. An error on the play allowed a second run to score and the Owls were up 3-1.

Carter came out to pitch the ninth, allowed two batters to reach base with one out, but was able to coax a pop up to first and a 6-4 fielder’s choice to end the rally and secure the win.

The Owls will go for two in a row on Wednesday when they play at Eastern (PA) University at 3pm.

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