|UMass Lowell||University of Maine|
ORONO, Maine — Freshman Kyleigh O’Donnell struck out a career-high 12 hitters to help lead the Black Bears to a 3-0 win in game two of Wednesday’s home opening doubleheader against UMass Lowell at Kessock Field.
The Black Bears (14-16, 5-2) dropped the opener of the two-game stand, 1-0, in eight innings.
In game two, O’Donnell and the defense held UMass Lowell to just two hits as Maine broke through for three runs in the sixth to capture a 3-0 victory.
The Black Bears began the sixth with back-to-back infield singles from Emily Gilmore and Rachel Carlson. A bunt single from German loaded the bases before Decker’s sac-fly to right brought in Gilmore with the go ahead run. Leonard laid down a bunt which was fielded by the UMass Lowell third baseman. However, she was unable to apply the tag on Carlson, who came in to score on the play. Maine extended its lead to 3-0 when Derrick pushed a bunt down the first base line. Derrick was tagged out on the play but the well placed bunt allowed German to score.
O’Donnell slammed the door the rest of the way, striking out the final two hitters in the seventh to help Maine earn the doubleheader split by a final of 3-0.
Maine remains home and continues America East action with a three-game weekend series against UMBC beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 at noon. Maine will close its series with the Retrievers on Sunday with a single game slated for 11 a.m.