CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) blasted a pair of home runs while totaling six RBI as the University of Maine softball team started its four-game road series with an 11-5 win at Boston College on Thursday evening.

The Black Bears totaled 12 hits in the contest as Stevens went 3-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI while Makaila Kowalsky (Colchester, Conn.), Jenny MacDowell (Littleton, Mass.) and Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) each added two hits.

Maine wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as it plated a pair of run in the top of the first. EmJ Fogel(Vienna, Va.) began the game by working a lead off walk before Stevens blasted her ninth home run of the season.

The Black Bears extended their lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the top of the fourth. Kowalsky started the rally with a one out double to the right center gap. Stevens came through once again for the Black Bears as she ripped her league leading tenth home run over the left field wall.

Boston College got on the scoreboard with a single run in the bottom of the third. However, Maine would answer with a four run top of the fourth.

With two away in the inning, MacDowell, Koslosky and Fogel loaded the bases with back-to-back-to-back singles. Kowalsky then followed with her second double of the game which scored MacDowell and Koslosky while moving Fogel up to third. Stevens again came up big for Maine as her single into right field brought in both Fogel and Kowalsky.

Two more Eagle runs in the bottom of the fourth cut the Maine lead to 8-3 but the Black Bears would tack on a pair in the top of the fifth to stretch its lead out to seven runs.

Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) started the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single from Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine). Pinch hitter Stephanie Wood (Florence, N.J.) reached to load the bases before MacDowell’s single to short scored Burk. Fogel would drive in the tenth Black Bear run of the day when her sacrifice fly scored Wood.

The Black Bears added a run in the top of the seventh when Koslosky dropped a single into right field which allowed Hill to come around and score from second, extending Maine’s lead to 11-3.

A two-run homer for the Eagles in the bottom of the seventh would cut the Maine lead to 11-5 but the Black Bears would hold on to take the win.

Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) picks up the win in the circle for Maine as she went four innings while giving up three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) pitched the final three innings in relief for the Black Bears. Bogdanovich gave up two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Maine returns to action with an America East doubleheader at Binghamton on Saturday, April 13 beginning at noon.

UNE splits with RIC

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The University of New England rallied for three runs in the last inning to erase a one-run deficit and take a 4-2 win over Rhode Island College in the second game of a nonconference doubleheader.

RIC out-slugged the Nor’easters in the opening game to take a 10-6 victory.

Vallante posted four hits and two runs on the afternoon to pace the UNE offense. Allie Frazier and Meghan Bolano each added three hits over the two games for the Nor’easters (13-12-1).

For Rhode Island College (14-12), Stacy Pokora totaled four hits and four RBIs, while Justina Thoma and Jessica Borden each finished with three hits.

UMF splits against Thomas

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington freshman Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) sat down eight Thomas College batters on strikeouts and plated the game-winning run in the sixth to help guide the Beavers to a 7-5 win over the Terriers in game one of a North Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader Thursday at Prescott Field.

Thomas rallied to take a win out of the darkness-shortened second game, 7-1.

Soule’s game-winning RBI was part of a three-run sixth inning for UMaine-Farmington (5-6, 3-5 NAC) that broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the Beavers to the win.

Pinch hitter Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) belted a home run to left center to break the tie, and Amy Jones (Augusta, Maine/Cony) followed with a double into straightaway center. Two batters later, Soule dropped a single into left center to score Jones, giving Farmington a 6-4 lead. Kaitlyn Bartlett (Chesterville, Maine/Mt. Blue) doubled off the fence in left field later in the frame, scoring Soule and extending the UMF lead to 7-4.

Thomas (4-19, 3-7 NAC) got one of those runs back in the top of the seventh when Alyssa Eugley (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) singled home Phyllicia Jordan (Waltham, Maine/Ellsworth) with a two-out base hit into center field. With two runners aboard for the Terriers, Soule got Thomas pinch hitter Sara Moynihan (Enfield, Conn./Enrico Fermi) to ground out to third base, securing the win.

Jones, Soule, Bartlett, and freshman Haley Berry (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) each had two hits for UMaine-Farmington, with Soule crossing the plate twice. Seven different players were credited with runs batted in for the Beavers.

Eugley, Janelle Ciomei (Stonington, Maine/Deer Isle-Stonington), and Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, Maine/Morse) each had two hits for the Terriers.

Soule allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and four walks to go with her eight strikeouts, and improved to 4-1 with the complete game win. Thomas starter Faith Robinson (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) surrendered seven runs on 12 hits and one walk, and charted just one strikeout in the loss.

In game two, Thomas scored single runs in the first, third, and fourth innings to take a 3-1 lead, including a leadoff home run to center field by Eugley in the game’s first at bat.

The Terriers blew the game wide open with a three-run uprising in the fifth inning on two hits and a Farmington error. Sam Moore (Etna, Maine/Nokomis Regional) stroked a one-out double down the left field line to score Ashlee Quirrion (Jay, Maine/Spruce Mountain), and Thibodeau drew a bases loaded walk for Thomas’ final run of the frame.

Thomas tacked on another run in the sixth on Moore’s hard single right back at Farmington reliever Bartlett, scoring Quirrion to make the score 7-1 for the Terriers.

Farmington was unable to get any runs across in the bottom of the sixth, and the game was called due to darkness after three Thomas batters came to the plate in the seventh.

Robinson pitched the complete game win for the Terriers, scattering 10 UMaine-Farmington hits and issuing one walk with one strikeout. Farmington starter Emma Vaillancourt (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) lasted five innings in the circle, allowing six runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and four walks with one strikeout.

Soule and Withee each had two hits for the Beavers. Moore paced the Terriers with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with two RBI, while Quirrion was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Ciomei also drove in two runs.

UMaine-Farmington doubleheader against UMaine-Presque Isle scheduled for Friday, April 12, has been cancelled due to the predictions of inclement weather, so the Beavers will get a day off before facing Green Mountain College on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. on Prescott Field. Thomas returns to the diamond at home against Castleton State on Saturday.


Southern Maine 15, Husson 8

BANGOR, Maine — Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H.) and junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) hit home runs as the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies pounded out 17 hits en route to a 15-8 victory over the Husson University Eagles in non-conference baseball action Thursday afternoon at the Winkin Complex.

The victory extends the Huskies’ winning streak to 12 games, and improves their overall record to 18-3. The Eagles had their five-game winning streak snapped and fall to 12-11.

The red-hot hitting White was 3-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Bernard also had five RBI coming on a sacrifice fly and a grand slam homer during the Huskies’ eight-run seventh-inning uprising.

Junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) and senior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn.) each had three hits and scored two runs. Rookie Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine) and senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) had two hits apiece. Grady’s third-inning single extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

Juniors Pat Thibodeau (Caribou, Maine) and Cody McInnis (Bangor, Maine) and senior Shawn Smith (Winterport, Maine) had two hits apiece for the Eagles. Junior Tim Nason (Bucksport, Maine), who was touched for eight hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings, was saddled with the loss to even his record at 2-2.

USM took a 1-0 lead in the first on White’s RBI that scored White. The teams traded runs in the third inning before White hit a three-run homer, his fifth of the season, in the fourth to make it 5-1.

Husson rallied for two markers in the fifth to close the gap to 5-3. Smith drove in sophomore Brandon Gendreau (Brewer, Maine) who led off the inning with a double for the first run, and later scored on one of USM’s five errors.

Chadwick doubled to open the sixth, and scored on Grady’s one-out triple. Grady would come across on Bernard’s sacrifice fly to center field.

The Eagles got one back in its half of the sixth as junior Ben McLain (Pemaquid, Maine) doubled and later scored on an infield error.

USM blew the game open in the seventh scoring eight runs on seven hits. Pisani drove in the first two with a single. He would later score on an outfield throwing error. White had an RBI double, and Bernard capped off the outburst with his grand slam homer to left-center field make it 15-4.

Husson took advantage of five consecutive walks and an infield error to score four times in the eighth to close the gap, but got no closer.