NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut — The University of Maine softball team split a doubleheader with Iona College and Manhattan College. The Black Bears defeated Iona, 3-1, while they dropped game two to Manhattan, 5-1.
In their first at bat of the game, Alyssa Derrick singled home Meghan Royle from second base. After the top of the first inning, Maine already had a 1-0 lead.
Manhattan recorded their first hits and runs in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, Annie Moore doubled to the left-center field gap. All three runners on base scored giving the Jaspers a 3-1 lead after three complete innings.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Manhattan scored an unearned run to pad their lead to three. They would add one more in the bottom of the sixth. Maine was unable to mount a comeback and fell in game two of the day 5-1.
Kyleigh O’Donnell went the first 5.0 innings for Maine while allowing two earned runs and striking out four. Lilly Volk pitched the final inning as she allowed one earned run and struck out one.
Alyssa Derrick drove in Maine’s lone run of game two.
Next: The Black Bears will return to the diamond and start conference play next Saturday, March 30th at UMass-Lowell. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.