ORONO, Maine — Natasha DeRoche hit a two-run home in the second inning to help the University of Maine-Farmington beat UM-Presque Isle 12-4 in the first game of a softball doubleheader in a mutual opener Saturday at UMaine’s Mahaney Dome.
UMPI won the second game 5-3.
Kyle Cunningham contributed a triple and three singles while going 4-for-4 for UMF in the first game, driving in two runs. Kailyn Hill picked up the win as she gave up four runs and three hits while striking out seven and walking five.
Kate Patenaude and Amanda Allen each singled and drove in a run for UMPI while Jordi Legassie also drove in a run.
In the second game, UMPI’s Legassie hit a two-run home run in the third inning and the Owls added two more runs in the fourth on Dinah Bilodeau’s RBI double and Hannah Williams’ RBI single en route to the win.
Sara Packard recorded the victory after coming on for three innings of two-hit relief while not giving up a run.
Cunningham doubled and singled twice for UMF and DeRoche drove in two runs.
Maine drops three
At Clearwater, Florida, the Maine Black Bears slipped to 4-5 after losing three games over the weekend.
New Mexico State edged the Bears 7-5 on Sunday after North Florida and Wisconsin-Green Bay recorded 3-2 and 5-4 victories, respectively, on Saturday.
In Sunday’s game, the Bears scored five runs in the third inning, highlighted by Janelle Bouchard’s two-run double to right, but New Mexico State (20-10) answered with single runs in the fourth and fifth and five in the sixth, sparked by Fiana Finau’s two-run homer to left.
Bouchard and Kristen Niland each finished with two hits for the Black Backs.
On Saturday, North Florida (11-14) rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win when Minnie Cocuzza’s single plated Shelby Duncan. Duncan reached on a one-out single and advanced to second when Stacy McClelland drew a walk.
Alyssa Derrick’s RBI single in the fifth and Rachel Carlson’s RBI single in the sixth accounted for Maine’s two runs.
Maine sophomore righthander Molly Flowers pitched five solid innings, giving up five hits and two runs while striking out nine and walking four. Reliever Annie Kennedy suffered the loss after giving up a run and two hits.
In the early game, the Bears rallied for three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh but couldn’t overtake Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Maddie Decker smacked a two-run double for the Black Bears in the sixth and Meghan Royle followed with an RBI double. Bouchard added a run-producing single in the seventh.
Bouchard finished with three hits and Erika Leonard had two.
Junior lefthander Erin Bogdanovich suffered the loss after giving up six hits and five runs. She walked two with no strikeouts.
Muskingum 8, Husson 1
At Kissimmee, Florida, Rachel Eberling held Husson to five hits to earn the win for Muskingum University (Ohio) on Saturday.
Eberling struck out five and walked two.
Jessica Matthews sparked Muskingum (6-6) with a two-run home run and Amy Clark added two doubles, a single and two RBIs.
Husson scored its run in the third inning when Olivia Smith’s double plated Lyndsay Merrill. Merrill singled and stole second base.
Kylie Kennedy added a double for Husson (2-9).
Earlier in the day, Skidmore shut out Husson 6-0 as Amanda Carilli allowed only two hits in a complete-game effort and Dani DeGregory provided a bases-loaded triple.
USM 17, Husson 2
At Gorham on Saturday, juniors Sam Campobasso and Lauren Lessard paced the University of Southern Maine as each contributed four goals and an assist in their opening win over Husson.
Senior Sarah Pelligrinelli added three goals and an assist. Six other players chipped in with one goal. Senior goalie Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) stopped five shots to record her first win of the season.
Sophomore Amanda Deshaies had a goal and an assist for the Eagles to go along with a strong all-around game. Senior Theresa Butler scored the other goal and junior goalie Kaitlin Dolloff made 20 saves.
Mass. Maritime 16, MMA 6
At Buzzards Bay, Mass., Massachusetts Maritime surged to an 8-2 lead at halftime en route to the win over Maine Maritime Academy in the final day of the Maritime Classic and the Admiral’s Cup matchup Sunday.
Ted Powers paced Mass. Maritime (3-1) with four goals and two assists while Reed McLean added three goals and an assist.
Brendan Broderick scored three goals and notched an assist to lead MMA of Castine (0-3). Tim Grand added two goals and Alex Grant-Roy had one.
Cody Schell finished with 22 saves for MMA and James Klose had seven for Mass. Maritime.
Johnson & Wales 11, Husson 2
At Boucher Field in Bangor, Johnson & Wales (R.I.) took a 6-2 halftime lead to take the win over the Eagles.
Ben Farrell sparked Johnson & Wales with three goals and an assist while Brad Kretz added two goals.
Brooks Gay and Trent Sell each scored for Husson (0-2).
Nick Zavoronty made 16 saves for Husson and J.C. Guido had 13 for Johnson & Wales.
Mass. Maritime 12, MMA 3
At Buzzards Bay, Mass., Christina Murray recorded five goals and an assist to propel Massachusetts Maritime by Maine Maritime Academy in the Maritime Classic and the Admiral’s Cup matchup Sunday.
Stephanie Hunt chipped in with three goals and an assist for Mass. Maritime (1-1) and Dahlia Seggelin added two goals and an assist.
Rachel Redles scored two goals to pace MMA of Castine (0-2) and Christina Wilson had one.
Sierra James made 16 saves for MMA and Mikayla Correia had six for Mass. Maritime.
UMF 10, Wheelock 9
At Boston on Sunday, Jaclyn Langevin’s goal with 8:03 left in the game snapped a 9-9 tie and gave UMaine-Farmington the win in its opener.
Mara Balboni paced UMF with six goals while Langevin finished with two. Carly Raymond added a goal and two assists and Rhi Jackson contributed a goal and an assist.
Emma Marrs recorded five goals and two assists to lead Wheelock (1-2).
Alyssa Arsenault finished with three saves for UMF and Meghan Lewis had nine for Wheelock.