June 18, 2018
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Weekend Maine college roundup, softball: Stony Brook sweeps Maine in Sunday twinbill

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff


ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine softball team (7-34, 3-9 America East) dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Stony Brook (25-19, 8-5 AE) on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Bears fell in game one 4-2 before dropping game two 3-2 in 15-innings. Jean Stevens blasted her league leading 12th home run in game one to lead the Maine offense.

In game one, Stony Brook jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jessica Combs led off the game with a single into center before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Olivia Mintun. Combs would move up to third on a groundout before scoring when Bria Green blooped a single into shallow right field.

The Seawolves added three runs in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 4-0. Alexandra Pisciotta’s double to the fence in center plated Nicole Schieferstein with the first run of the inning before Shayla Giosia drove in two with a double into right field.

Maine got on the scoreboard in game one with a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth. Stephanie Wood led off the inning with a walk before Stevens belted a home run off the left field foul pole.

Hannah Hill picked up the loss in game one as she went four innings while giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with one strikeout. Alexis Bogdanovich went three innings in relief and gave up just one hit with one strikeout.

Maine began game two by grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first. Fogel started the rally with a lead-off double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Kristen Koslosky. Hilary Kane drove in the first run of game two when she blooped a single into short left field.

Stony Brook knotted the score at 1-1 when it plated a single run in the top of the fourth. With two away in the inning, Nicole Hagerty doubled down the left field line. Green followed with a single to third in which she beat out the throw as Hagerty rounded third and scored on the throw.

Maine regained the lead with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. Stevens started the Maine rally by reaching on a fielder’s choice before being replaced by pinch runner Kylie Sparks. Nikki Byron‘s grounded out to the pitcher, advancing Sparks to third. Burk followed by reaching on a throwing error which allowed Sparks to score the go ahead run.

Stony Brook answered with a single run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single up the middle from Green which scored Giosia.

The game would remain tied until the 15th inning where Green’s double to the gap in left center brought Giosia in with the go-ahead run. Bogdanovich was tagged with the tough loss after going 9 2/3 innings in relief while giving up just one run on eight hits.

Maine 2, Stony Brook 0

ORONO, Maine — Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) tossed a three-hit shutout as the University of Maine softball team (7-32, 3-7 America East) picked up a 2-0 league victory over visiting Stony Brook (23-19, 6-5 AE) on Saturday afternoon. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) and Katlin Norton (South Portland, Maine) each picked up RBIs for Maine while Stephanie Wood (Florence, N.J.) went 2-for-2 at the plate.

The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead with a single run in the bottom of the third. Fogel began by reaching on a fielder’s choice before advancing to second on a sacrific bunt from Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.). After moving over to third on a wild pitch, Stevens ripped a single through the hole between second and first which allowed Fogel to score.

Maine added a single run in the bottom of the fourth, extending its lead to 2-0. Hill started the rally with a lead off double over the left fielder’s head and advanced to third on a ground out to the right side from Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.). After a Black Bear walk, Norton reached on a fielder’s choice to second, allowing Hill to sprint in the back door from third.

Spoehr and the Maine defense cruised the rest of the way as it would keep the Seawolves off the scoreboard for its first shutout victory of the season.

Spoehr went the full seven innings to pick up her third win of the season while giving up just three hits to go along with a pair of strikeouts in the complete game shutout win.

Husson sweeps UM-Farmington

BANGOR, Maine — Husson Softball took a pair of games from the University of Maine at Farmington Saturday afternoon to effectively clinch the number one seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Tournament. The Eagles exploded for 16 runs in game two, after nearly edging the Beavers 1-0 in game one.

Game 1 – Husson 1, UMF 0

Game one was played at a frantic pace, lasting just over an hour with Husson taking the slim 1-0 win. Husson pitcher Amanda Ryan improved her season record to 7-3 in the circle, going seven innings allowing only four hits with four K’s.

The Eagles were held to only four hits as well, but notched three of them in the bottom of the sixth to score the game’s only run. Kelsey Livermore entered to hit for Amanda Ryan and singled through the right side of the infield. Malory Conary pinch ran for Livermore and advanced to second with one out on a Lona Sargent single. Courtney Hillloaded the bases with a bunt single towards the circle and sped down the line to beat out the throw. Aimee Mortensen flied out to left in the next at bat, scoring Conary for the 1-0 lead.

Emily Soule pitched a tough six innings for the Beavers, allowing just the one run on four hits while striking out two.

Ryan came back into the game for the seventh inning and sat down the Beavers 1-2-3 to seal the one-run victory.

Game 2 – Husson 16, UMF 0

The Husson bats got off to a quick start in game two, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first and eight runs an inning later.

Husson had the ability to pitch three different hurlers in the game with the comfortable lead in the likes of starter Becca McCarty and relievers Kayla Merrill and Emily Staples. McCarty toed the rubber in the first and second, allowing a hit with two strikeouts. Merrill pitched the third and fourth allowing only a walk with two K’s and Staples came in for the fifth and final inning with the eight-run mercy rule in effect.

The Eagles scored their 16 runs on 14 hits, four of which came off the bat of Lona Sargent who went 4-4 in game two with five RBI, including a grand slam in the second inning the plated Becca McCarty, Lyndsey Merrill and Victoria Overlock. Melissa Souza, Overlock and Aimee Mortensen all added two RBI in game two.

Thomas sweeps UMPI

WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas College was able to walk away with two non-conference softball victories on Sunday in a doubleheader versus University of Maine-Presque Isle (5-22). Thomas (10-23) took the first game 9-1, while sweeping the Owls 8-0 in the second contest.


Presque Isle kicked off the scoring, taking on one run the first inning as Laking scored on a passed ball after getting on base in the leadoff spot from an error by the center fielder. Thomas would respond with three runs in the bottom half, as Lauren Hachey (Oakland, Maine) drove in Alyssa Eugley (Sidney, Maine) with a double to left field. McKayla Gasita (Milford, Maine) singled to left driving in Hachey and Samantha Moore (Etna, Maine) for two RBI.

The Terriers would tack on one run in the third from a sacrifice fly by Gastia to drive in Hachey. The fourth inning, the home side would again plate home three runs, as Kristi Hilton (Monmouth, Maine) crossed home on a passed ball, Ashlee Quirrion (Jay, Maine) singled to drive home Kimberly Grant (Alton Bay, N.H.), then Hachey doubled to center to drive home Quirrion.

The fifth inning saw Thomas score two more runs to reach the eight run mercy rule, and winning 9-1.

Gastia led the Terrier offense, going 2-2 with three RBI in the winning effort. Faith Robinson (Auburn, N.H.) pitched five innings, yielding three hits, while allowing one earned run.


Thomas erupted for two runs in the bottom of the first, with Hachey driving home Eugley on a sac fly to left field. Moore singled to left to bring home Quirrion. The Terriers tacked on another in the second with a fielder’s choice by Quirrion that scored Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, Maine).

The Terriers would pull away in the fourth, plating home four runs to cause their second eight run mercy rule of the day. Eugley doubled to center driving in Julie Gustafson (Monson, Mass.), then Sara Moynihan (Enfield, Conn.) doubled to right to record two RBI in Eugley and Sami Lamper (Milton, N.H.). Gastia doubled to left center, scoring Moynihan, and then would score on the play by an error from the pitcher to end the contest at 8-0.

Eugley led Thomas, going 3-3 with one RBI in the contest.

Robinson picked up her 10th victory of the season, holding the Owls hitless after the first inning over four innings of work, giving up one hit, while striking out four. Gastia pitched one inning of hitless relief, striking out one.

MMA sweeps UMPI

CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy swept a pair of non-conference softball games Saturday against UMaine-Presque Isle, 4-1 and 12-3 (5 innings). The Mariners improved to 14-15 while the Owls fell to 5-20.

In the first game, UMPI struck early with a run in the first when Ashley Laking scored on an error. Mariner pitcher Abby Yeo knocked in Autumn Jones in the second to even the game at 1-1.

Leah Jackson singled to left in the fifth to plate Cindy Schultz to put MMA in front, 2-1. In the sixth, a Sabrina Keach double scored Molly Marcotte and Yeo to give MMA a 4-1 lead.

Yeo had nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Megan Hannigan and Kathryn Patenaude collected two hits apiece for UMPI.

In the second game, three straight MMA errors led to Laking, Kellie Peers and Hannigan crossing the plate and giving UMPI a 3-0 lead.

MMA responded in its first for the lead when Hayley Rae’s single brought home Keach and Schultz and an Erica Taylor double scored Jackson. An Autumn Jones’ sacrifice then plated Rae.

Yeo earned the win again with a complete-game three-hitter and struck out seven.

Trinity sweeps Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Trinity College scored twice in the top of the 11th inning to pull out a 6-4 victory over Colby College and also won the opener by a 7-1 score in NESCAC East softball on Saturday at Crafts Field.

Trinity swept the three-game series and moved to 11-16 overall and 4-5 in the conference, while the Mules fell to 8-14 overall and 2-7 in league play.

Hannah King earned the victory in both games for the Bantams. She tossed a complete game in the opener and the entered the game in the first inning of the nightcap.

In the second game, Abby Ostrom had a two-out double and scored on a single by Erica Correa, who went to second on the throw. Kerry McCarthy added another single to drive in Correa.

The Bantams scored an unearned run in the first inning when Christina Galese reached on an error, moved to third on a double by Ostrom, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Correa.

The Mules had two runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Meaghan Lewia led off with a double and scored on a single by Emily Schatz, who then came in on a single by Brianne Wheeler.

The Bantams tied the game in the third when Caroline Blanchard was hit by a pitch and later scored on a single by Ostrom. The Mules, though, went ahead again in the bottom of the inning when Lauren Becker led off with a single, moved to second on a sac bunt by Schatz, and scored on Wheeler’s single.

Trinity took the lead at 4-3 with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Claire Prosperi had a two-out, pinch-hit single to start it off. Blanchard smacked a triple to drive Prosperi in and tie the game. Galese followed with a triple of her own for a 4-3 lead.

Carylanne Wolfington had a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning, moved to third on a wild pitch, and then tied the game on another wild pitch.

In the opener, the Bantams scored twice in the first inning and put the game away with five runs in the seventh. Ostrom’s two-run homer brought in Blanchard in the first inning. The Bantams had six hits and a walk in the seventh inning to score the five runs.

St. Joseph’s Sweeps Simmons

STANDISH, ME – Saint Joseph’s (28-8, 17-5 GNAC) won both ends of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball doubleheader versus Simmons College (22-12, 15-9 GNAC) at Bailey Field on Sunday afternoon.

A non-routine single off the bat of Connie Grovo sent Danyelle Shufelt scrambling home for the winning run with two out in the bottom of the seventh in a 3-2 triumph.

In the nightcap, Saint Joseph’s rode the reliable arm of junior pitcher Rae-Marie Copan to a 2-0 victory in a game that lasted just one hour.


St. Joseph’s sweeps Rivier

NASHUA, N.H. – Saint Joseph’s College (25-10, 13-3 GNAC) swept Rivier University (8-29, 3-13 GNAC) in GNAC baseball action at Holman Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Monks walloped the Raiders by an 11-3 margin in the opener and cruised to a 6-0 victory in the nightcap.

UMF, NEC split Sunday twinbill

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington manufactured 10 runs on 11 hits aided by four New England College errors to take game one of a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader, 10-2, on Sunday afternoon at Hippach Field.

New England College bounced back to win the rubber game of the four-game series, 10-6, pounding out 18 hits off three different Beaver pitchers.

In game one, UMaine-Farmington plated three runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Tom Grady, a groundout by Dustin McCrossin, and a sacrifice fly by Grayson Beressi .

A two-run fourth inning for New England College was keyed by Scott Fortune’s single to left-center field, but the Beavers responded with two runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth.

McCrossing finished with two runs batted in, while Grady scored twice. Grady, Matt Woodbury, Zach Keene, and Ben Keene each had two hits. Starter Joe Sullivan scattered five hits and struck out two Pilgrim batters in the complete game win.

In game two, New England College built a 6-1 lead by the midway point of the fifth inning, thanks to a four-run fifth for the Pilgrims behind two-run doubles by Eric Johnson and Smith.

Farmington answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on four hits, including an RBI double by Ben Keene, to cut the lead to 6-4.

The Pilgrims came right back with four runs in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 10-4 lead, with Bradon Adorno plating two runs on a double to right center. The Beavers put up two runs in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to overtake NEC.

Ben Keene finished game two with two doubles and a triple for three RBI, while Grady was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in.


BANGOR, Maine —The University of Maine-Presque Isle baseball team came out swinging in a 12-0 win on Saturday over Eastern Maine Community College. UMPI is now 7-20 and EMCC is 3-11.

UMPI’s Jake Fillebrown threw seven innings of shutout ball, allowed two hits, struck out a season-high 11, and walked only two.

UMPI’s Alex Csiernik went 3-for-3 with four RBI. Jordan Duffy was 3-for-4 with a double and four runs. LF Tanner Marshall was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Daniel Lewis finished 2-for-3, knocking in a trio of runs.

SMCC sweeps UMPI

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — After scoring 26 runs in two games against Southern Maine Community College last Monday, the University of Maine-Presque Isle baseball team managed only two runs in the rematch doubleheader in South Portland on Friday. SMCC swept the twinbill 3-1 and 4-1.

With the wins, SMCC evens the season series with UMPI (2-2) and improves to 17-19-1 overall. They remain at 7-1 in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC).

Presque Isle is now 7-20 in 2013. They will begin a three-game set at Eastern Maine Community College on Saturday with a single game beginning 5pm. The two squads will then play a doubleheader on Sunday with first pitches at 11am and 1pm.

The opener saw a pitchers’ duel between SMCC’s Daniel French and UMPI’s Dylan Worster (Jr./Howland, ME). Both hurlers threw complete games in the 7-inning affair. Both scattered six hits and struck out four batters.

While Worster worked in and out of trouble early, giving up single runs in three of the first four frames, French coasted until the fifth. Up 3-0, French ran into trouble as the Owls finally were able to push a run across vs. the freshman hurler on an RBI hit by 2B Justin Bergeron (Jr./Tiverton, RI).

French was able to keep the damage to a run and came back to shut down UMPI in the 6th and 7th.

Bergeron collected two of Presque Isle’s hits. CF Stephen Thorne (Sr./Dalhousie, NB) reached base three times on a hit and a pair of walks.

In another pitchers’ duel, Owls’ starter Andrew Bartlett (Fr./Damariscotta, ME) looked to earn the split as he held the SeaWolves scoreless through five innings. In the top of the 4th, the offense staked Bartlett out to a lead as 3B Daniel Lewis (Jr./Gardner Mines, NS) crossed the plate on an RBI at bat from Thorne.

SMCC mounted a rally in the 6th by scoring four runs with the big blow coming in the form of a 2 RBI base knock from Nate McKeown. SeaWolves’ starter Corey Mongiat kept the Owls off the board in the top of the 7th to preserve the win and give his team the sweep.

Southern Maine stole four bases against Presque Isle pitching including a pair from CF Michael Calabrese.

Owls’ CF Logan McLaughlin (Fr./Mars Hill, ME) collected a pair of base knocks to lead UMPI offensively.

Wheaton 6, USM 1

GORHAM, Maine — Seniors Eric Jensen and Sean Ryan each drove in three runs as the No. 11 Wheaton College Lyons used some timely hitting and strong pitching from four hurlers to defeat the No. 17 University of Southern Maine Huskies, 6-1, in a battle of nationally ranked teams Sunday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.

The win gave the Lyons a split of the teams home-and-home season series and improved their overall record to 23-8. The Huskies, who beat the Lyons 15-3 at Wheaton on Thursday, had their 19-game winning streak snapped and fall to 25-4 overall.

Jensen and Ryan each came up with key two-out, two-run singles in the Lyons’ four-run eighth inning that broke the game open. Jensen picked up an RBI in the first inning with a groundout, and Ryan had an RBI double in the seventh inning that snapped a 1-1 tie.

Sophomore right-hander Mike Gibbons earned his third win of the season for Wheaton going six-plus innings and holding the Huskies’ potent offense to just one run on three hits and two walks while fanning two. Freshman Eric Dumas, sophomore Mike Bisceglia and junior Ryan Grant combined to pitch three shutout innings of relief.

The four Wheaton pitchers combined to hold USM’s offense, which came into the game with a .353 team batting average and averaging 10.4 runs, to just four hits and three walks. Junior Matt Verrier, who had a single and a double, was the USM player with multiple hits. Junior left-hander Luke Hammond, the fourth of nine USM pitchers used, was tagged with his second loss of the season against no wins.

Wheaton took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning as freshman Matt Lavanchy tripled down the right field line and scored on Jensen’s groundout to shortstop.

The Huskies scratched out their lone run in the fifth as senior John Carey worked a leadoff walk from Gibbons and advanced to second on Verrier’s single. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt from junior Tory Thibodeau. Carey scored on a groundout by senior Anthony Pisani.

Jensen scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the seventh as he walked and scored on Ryan’s double to center field.

Bowdoin sweeps Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Bowdoin College baseball team stayed red-hot, matching their longest win streak in seven years with a doubleheader sweep of Williams on Sunday.

The Polar Bears claimed game one, 4-1, before taking game two, 3-2. Bowdoin (20-9) reaches 20 wins for the fifth consecutive season and matches the school-record winning streak of 11 set in 2006. The Ephs drop to 10-18 with the three-game sweep at the hands of Bowdoin this weekend.

Bowdoin scored single runs in the second inning and third innings to take a 2-0 lead in the opener. A ground-ball double play scored Aaron Rosen in the second frame before an RBI single by Erik Jacobsen plated John Lefeber in the third to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Williams scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the third, trimming the lead to 2-1. But Dan Findley rapped a run-scoring single in the sixth to score Sam Canales and Luke Regan brought home Rosen in the seventh to give the Polar Bears a 4-1 lead.

That would be enough for the Bowdoin pitching staff, who held Williams to five hits on the day. Harry Ridge garnered the victory with five innings of strong relief, allowing just two hits and no runs. Rosen went 4-4 with two runs scored to lead the Bowdoin offense. Lefeber and Jacobsen had two hits each.

The Polar Bears took a 3-0 lead in the opening innings of game two, with Tim McGarry scoring Lefeber on a run-scoring groundout in the first to start the scoring. Findley scored on a bunt by Kyle LeBlanc in the fifth and Rosen’s outstanding day continued with a run-scoring single in the sixth to bring home McGarry.

Castleton sweeps Thomas

CASTLETON, Vt. — The Thomas College Terriers were unable to gain any momentum, falling in both games to Castleton in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) baseball doubleheader, 9-1 and 11-6, on Saturday afternoon.

Castleton improved to 18-2 in the NAC and 21-7 overall. Thomas, meanwhile, dropped to 11-5 in conference play and 12-17 overall.

Senior Ryan Zielinski went 4-for-7 on the afternoon with four runs while Matt McNamee recorded a pair of hits and drove in five runs in the winning effort.

Freshman Conner Johnson took the ball in the opener and went the distance. He gave up just five hits and one unearned run while striking out three to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The Spartans kicked off the scoring in the first inning, as Zielinski ripped a one-out double to left center and Joe Borowski followed with a walk. They pulled off the double steal and Hoagland then drove in Zielinski for the 1-0 lead. McNamee followed with a two-run single to extend the lead to 3-0. Allen White concluded the scoring with an RBI single up the middle, scoring McNamee.

Neither team scored again until the bottom of the sixth when Castleton exploded for five runs. Zielinski opened with a double and scored on a double by Borowski. Hoagland reached on an infield single, moving Borowski to third. He stole second and McNamee followed with a fielder’s choice, as the shortstop tried to throw out Hoagland at third but it went wide and Hoagland was able to score on the play, along with Borowski, for the 7-0 advantage. The Spartans’ final two runs came on a 2 RBI single to center field by Tyler Lord.

Johnson gave up one unearned run in the top of the seventh as Dillon Emerson singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and then scored on a throwing error.

The Spartans once again got their offense going early, as Ryan Zielinski singled and then scored on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch from McNamee.

One inning later they added to their lead. Cameron Curler and Mat Pause earned back-to-back walks to bring Lord to the plate. He singled home Curler and then Pause and Lord orchestrated the double steal to perfection, extending the Castleton lead to 3-0. The Spartans added two more runs an inning later to make it 5-0.

In the top of the fourth, Thomas scored a pair of runs to cut the Castleton lead to 5-2. However, in the bottom of the frame the Spartans scored five more times. Lord and Zielinski both singled and advanced into scoring position on a bunt by Borowski. Hoagland singled home Lord and then Castleton pulled off a double steal, as Hoagland went to second and Zielinski came into score. Dan Errico came in to pinch hit and roped a double to the left-center gap, scoring Hoagland for the 8-0 advantage. White and Curler each drove in runs to extend the lead to 10-2

Castleton added run in the bottom of the fifth and Thomas got on the board again, facing reliever Ethan Hanson in the top of the seventh. After a fly-out to open the inning, five straight players reached base and the Terriers scored four times in the frame to finish with an 11-6 margin.

UMF, New England College split

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington senior pitcher Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) held New England College to two runs on five hits to lead the Beavers to a 5-2 win over the Pilgrims, in game one of Saturday’s North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader at Hippach Field.

UMaine-Farmington (7-15, 6-12 NAC) could not complete the sweep, however, and dropped game two, 8-4, in eight innings.

In game one, Winchenbach retired the side in four of the seven innings, and finished the night with six strikeouts of 30 batters faced on his way to the complete game win.

A four-run fourth inning boosted the Beavers to the win, keyed by Brett Wallingford’s (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) two-run single down the right field line. Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) and Brian Jenkins (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) each had RBI hits in the fourth to aid the UMF cause.

Sullivan and Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine/Spruce Mountain) each finished 2-for-3 for the Beavers.

The Beavers erased a 4-0 deficit through four innings in game two, tying the game in the seventh on Zach Keene’s (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls) sacrifice fly to score Matt Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence). Woodbury reached on a leadoff double down the left field line.

The Pilgrims opened the eighth with a walk and an RBI double by Brandon Adorno (Ft. Myers, Fla.) for the go-ahead run, and a base hit by Scott Fortune (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) plated Adorno. Matthew Krum (Paramus, N.J.) belted a two-run home run just a few feet inside the left field foul pole, giving NEC an 8-4 lead.

Farmington’s rally effort in the bottom of the frame included one-out singles by Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) and Brian Jenkins (Gorham, Maine/Gorham), but Pilgrim reliever Francesco DiRe (Barrington, R.I.) induced a pair of fly outs to end the game.

Krum was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI to lead the Pilgrims, while Keene was 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. Winchenbach also had three hits for the Beavers. DiRe picked up the win for NEC in his two innings of relief work, while UMF reliever Ethan Jean (Jackson, Maine/Mt. View) was charged with the loss.

Colby sweeps Tufts

WATERVILLE, Maine —- The Colby College baseball team took two of three games from Tufts University for the second year in a row after sweeping a doubleheader by 5-4 and 3-2 scores in extra innings on Saturday in NESCAC East play at Coombs Field.

Colby moves to 9-14 overall and 2-7 in the conference, while Tufts falls to 19-9 overall and 5-4 in the league. The Mules had gone 0-9 against the Jumbos in the three previous years before last season.

The first game was scheduled for seven innings and went nine. The second contest was scheduled for nine innings, but the rules state that since the first game went extra innings the second game switches to a seven-inning contest.

Tim Corey had a big day for the Mules, finishing 4-for-4 with a pair of runs and two RBI in the opener. He then had the game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap and drove in the game-winning runs after getting to first on a fielder’s choice.

Alec Finigan had two hits and scored twice in the opener for Colby. John Schroeder drove in a run and had one hit, while Kevin Galvin scored once and had one hit.

Mike Barry led Tufts in the first game with three hits and an RBI, while Scott Staniewicz finished with two hits. Nick Barker had one hit, one run, and drove in a run.

The Mules led 3-0 after the first inning after Finigan reached on a fielder’s choice and went to second on a single by Galvin. Corey’s RBI double brought in Finigan, Galvin scored on a wild pitch for the second run, and Schroeder’s sacrifice fly brought in Corey.

Tufts answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Wade Hauser doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single by Max Freccia. Barry followed with a double to bring in Hauser and Barker later had an RBI groundout to plate Freccia.

Colby went up 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Finigan led off with a single, stole second base, and scored on Corey’s single.

The Jumbos tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning. Nate Izzo reached on a fielder’s choice, went to second on a single by Barker, and scored on a double by Joe Harrington. Connor McDavitt had an RBI groundout to bring in Barker.

In the ninth, Corey singled to lead off and moved to second on a sacrifice by Thomas Forese. Nils Carlson, who was a pinch-hitter, singled to left field and Corey came around to score on an error by the outfielder.

Mark Nelson earned the victory after allowing just two hits, striking out four, and walking none in the final three innings for Colby. Scott Goldberg had worked the first six innings and had three strikeouts and no walks.

In the second game, Greg Ladd picked up the victory in relief after Brady Hesslein had allowed just two earned runs in 7.2 innings of work. No Colby pitcher gave up a walk in the two games.

Colin Cummings had a one-out single in the ninth and moved to second on a single by Galvin. Finigan moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored the game-winning run when Corey beat the throw to first on a double play attempt by Tufts.

Tufts took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Bryan Egan reached after being hit by a pitch and then took second on a wild pitch. Nick Cutsump drove in Egan with a single and then stole second base. James Howard followed with a single to drive in Cutsump.

Nathan Ellis had a one-out walk for Colby in the bottom of the fourth, stole second base, and scored on a double by Finigan. The Mules tied the game at 2-2 with a lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Finigan doubled to lead off and was pinch-run by Cummings. Corey had a one-out single to bring in the tying run.

While Colby had just five hits in the second game, Cutsump led Tufts with three hits while Egan and Staniewicz each had two.

Men’s Lacrosse

New England College 18, Husson 4

HENNIKER, N.H. – Husson men’s lacrosse fell to North Atlantic Conference opponent New England College on Saturday afternoon, 18-4.

The Pilgrims scored 5 goals in the first quarter making it 5-0 early. Chris DelGiudice (Oakland, ME) connected with Chris Pelletier (Rome, ME) for back to back goals to close the lead to 5-2, but the Pilgrims added 9 consecutive goals to put the game at 14-2 NEC.

In the 4th quarter the Eagles came back with some fight scoring two goals; the first coming from Mitch Heaps (York, PA) and the second coming from DelGiudice on a pass from Pelletier, making it just a 10 goal deficit at 14-4.

NEC responded with 4 more goals to end the game victorious, 18-4. James Putney and Adam Shute each scored 4 goals to guide the Pilgrims to victory.

Pelletier led the Eagles with 2 goals and 1 assist, DelGiudice had 2 assists and 1 goal, while Heaps added his 44thgoal of the season.

Goalkeeper John Hooper III (Wakefield, RI) had 14 saves in 60 minutes of play.

New England College, who is ranked 2nd in the NAC, becomes 8-6 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The #3 Eagles fall to 6-8, 5-2 and will travel to Thomas College this Wednesday, April 24th for their final game of the regular season.

Middlebury 16, Colby 10

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. —- Tyler Will made a collegiate-high 21 saves for the Colby College men’s lacrosse team, but 11th-ranked Middlebury College turned a 3-2 deficit into a 12-3 lead with a 10-0 scoring run in a 16-10 victory over the Mules in NESCAC play Saturday.

The Mules drop to 6-8 overall and 2-7 in conference play, while Middlebury moves to 11-2 overall and 7-2 in the league.

In the first quarter, both teams exchanged a pair of goals before Colby’s Greg McKillop notched his second tally at 6:06, giving the Mules a 3-2 lead. The Panthers started their 10-goal run with three in the first quarter as Jon Broome scored one and assisted on another for a 5-3 Panther lead.

Middlebury added five more goals in the second quarter as five different Panthers scored. Tim Giarrusso opened with a fast-break tally, as the hosts added two more on a pair of man-up goals during a two-minute non-releasable Colby penalty. Broome notched his second goal after a set-up from Mike Giordano at 2:19, and Andrew Metros capped the quarter with a dodge for a 10-3 lead heading into the break.

The Panthers capped their 10-goal run in the third as Joel Blockowicz scored on a sweeping lefty shot at 13:21. Erich Pfeffer’s man-up bounce-shot capped the burst as seven Middlebury players scored during the decisive run.

Trailing 12-3, Colby (6-8, 2-7) notched a pair of goals in 35 seconds as McKillop scored his third in transition at the 8:00 mark. Keith Fairbrother followed at 7:25 on a spinning lefty shot in traffic. The Panthers answered with a pair of their own as Pfeffer and Stew Kerr added goals for a 14-5 lead. The teams exchanged tallies in the final minutes of the third as the Panthers took a 15-6 lead into the fourth quarter. The teams again exchanged scoring tallies to open the fourth before the Mules closed out the game with the final three goals.

Giordano finished with three goals and two assists, while Broome added two goals and two assists for Middlebury. Pfeffer and Metros collected hat-tricks, while Kerr finished with two tallies and a helper.

McKillop led Colby with three goals and two assists, while Deveau notched three scores and an assist, while Derek Youngman finished with a goal and one assist. Bjorn Knutson was 17-for-27 in face-offs and added a game-high eight ground balls.

Ian Boldt and Eric Eberhart both had two caused turnovers, while Kenny Jacobson had four ground balls and one caused turnover for Colby. Thomas Brewster chipped in with three ground balls.

Women’s Lacrosse

UMF 11, Green Mountain 7

UMF clinches home post-season game with win over Green Mountain

FARMINGTON, Maine – Three goals each by freshman Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) and junior Molly Carbin (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) led the University of Maine at Farmington women’s lacrosse team downed visiting Green Mountain College, 11-7, Sunday afternoon at Prescott Field.

UMaine-Farmington improved to 5-7 overall with the win, 3-3 in the North Atlantic Conference, and secured a home first round game for the 2013 NAC Tournament. The Beavers will host New England College (4-13, 2-4 NAC) on Wednesday, April 24, at Prescott Field. Game time will be determined on Monday.

Green Mountain dropped to 2-10, 0-6 NAC, with the loss.

Green Mountain held the lead for much of the first half, with UMaine-Farmington finally overtaking the Eagles on Chelsea Morley’s (York, Maine/York) free position goal with 7:54 remaining in the opening half.

Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Allen each tacked on goals before the half ended, giving the Beavers a 5-2 lead at the intermission.

Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) scored for Green Mountain just 14 seconds into the second half, briefly cutting the margin to two goals. Carbin and Allen both answered for Farmington within the ensuing 90-second span, extending the UMF lead to 7-3.

A series of late goals, including two by Douglas and one by Corinne Colpitts (Groveland, Mass.) brought Green Mountain back to within two of the Beavers, 9-7, with 8:05 remaining in the game. Farmington successfully regrouped defensively and held the Eagles to just one shot the rest of the way, while Carbin and Maddi Kadnar (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) each scored in the final two minutes to secure the Farmington win.

UMF goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine/Freeport) charted seven saves on the day, while Green Mountain’s Virginia Anderson logged six stops. The two teams each finished with 25 shots, while Green Mountain picked up 34 groundballs to UMaine-Farmington’s 26.

UMF 10, New England College 9

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington women’s lacrosse team built a five goal lead and then hung on for a 10-9 win over visiting New England College, Saturday afternoon at Prescott Field.

UMaine-Farmington (4-12, 2-3 NAC) led 10-5 with 16:25 left in the contest, following back-to-back goals by freshman Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) and junior Molly Carbin (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough).

New England College scored four times the rest of the way, including twice in the final minute. The Pilgrims’ final goal came from Gabriella Bigos (Branford, Conn.) with just 13 seconds left, but the Beavers’ Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) was awarded the draw control on a New England College foul and managed to carry the ball up field to run out the clock.

Allen finished with five goals and one assist for UMaine-Farmington, while Balboni and Carbin each had two goals. Maddi Kadnar (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had the remaining Farmington goal. Chelsea Morley (York, Maine/York) was credited with a pair of assists.

Sarah Merrill (Dover. N.H.) and Jacquelyn Lane (Scituate, Mass.) each tallied two goals for New England College, while Bigos, Alexa Tardif (Hollis, N.H.), Kate Roberge (Essex, Vt.), Elizabeth Bois (Westbrook, Maine), and Meredith Merce (Ocean, N.J.) all had single markers for the Pilgrims.

Junior Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine/Freeport) logged 12 saves over her 60 minutes in the UMaine-Farmington goal, while Pilgrim goalie Rebecca Harvey (Natick, Mass.) charted 11 saves.

Middlebury 14, Colby 6

WATERVILLE, Maine —- The third-ranked Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team came ready to play against sixth-ranked Colby College, opening up a stunning 11-0 halftime advantage on the way to a 14-6 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

On a day when Colby’s seven seniors were honored before the game, Middlebury (12-1 overall, 8-1 NESCAC) scored six times in the first 6:48 of play.

Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) had four goals and one assist, while Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) also had five points with two goals and three assists. Laurel Pascal (Greenwich, Conn.) and Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) both had three goals. Chrissy Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) and Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) had the other Panther goals.

LIndsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) had four of Colby’s six goals. Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) added one score and two assists, while Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) had one goal and one assist.

Pascal, a first-year midfielder, opened up the scoring just 1:14 into the game off an assist from Souther. Halle, who is up to 41 goals on the season, scored unassisted with 26:41 left to halftime and Souther added a second unassisted goal 47 seconds later.

Middlebury had a 9-3 edge in draw controls in the first half and that helped spur the early goals. Herzog scored from Halle 28 seconds after Souther’s goal. Halle added two straight goals with 24:53 and 23:12 to play. Souther assisted on the first goal and Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) the second.

Souther’s big first half continued when she scored unassisted with 15:28 to play and then assisted on Ritter’s score with 10:14 left. Colbert, Pascal, and Herzog all tallied unassisted in the final 8:36 for an 11-0 margin at the break.

Halle scored her final goal from Emma Kramer (Riverside, Conn.) with 27:12 to play for a 12-0 margin. The Mules finally broke the shutout when McKenna scored from Katherine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) with 21:50 to play. McKenna added two more goals — one from Eddy and the other from Petesch — to cut the margin to 12-3 with 13:25 to go. The Panthers, though, pushed the lead back up to 14-3 on scores by Herzog and Pascal.

Souther also had four ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Pascal chipped in with three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls.

Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Mules. Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) had three draw controls and Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) had three caused turnovers.

Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had eight saves to earn the victory for Middlebury. Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) played the final 53:12 of the game and made 12 stops.

Thomas 12, NEC 11

WATERVILLE, Maine —The Thomas College Terriers defeated New England College 12-11 on senior day in a back and forth game Sunday afternoon to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference playoffs.

With the win, Thomas finishes the season at 10-4 (5-1 NAC) while the Pilgrims fall 4-13 (2-4 NAC)

Seniors Ceara DiBiase and Jasmine Ryan played in their final home game and led the Terriers to a victory in a nip-and-tuck game that saw three lead changes, five ties, and no lead more than three.

Thomas held a 5-2 lead until NEC would score three unanswered goals to tie the game up at five at the half. NEC came out and continued their surge and would gain the lead for the first to start the second half on a pair of goals to put them up 7-5.

After taking a timeout, the Terriers responded by scoring three straight goals to regain the lead 8-7. The teams would trade goals until a Miranda Tinsman goal put Thomas up 11-9 with 3:46 remaining. The Pilgrims would respond with two straight to knot the score back up at 11. DiBiase would drive towards the net and put home the game-winner at the 2:24 mark as Thomas held off the Pilgrims in the final minutes.

DiBiase led the way offensively for Thomas with three goals on the afternoon where six different players got in on the scoring. Tinsman also netted three goals and assist, and junior Killian Lambert and sophomore Brittany Premo had two goals each.

The Pilgrims were led by senior Meredith Merce and junior Eleni Hatsis with three goals apiece.

Freshman Brittany Fox recorded nine saves in the win for Thomas, while senior Rebecca Harvey had 18 in a losing cause for NEC

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