ORONO – Two shutout performances by Maine pitchers Jenna Balent and Sarah Bennis led the Black Bears to a sweep of Vermont in a doubleheader on Saturday. Maine won both games by a scored of 7-0.
In the first game, Amy Kuhl hit a pair of RBI doubles to spark the offense and Bennis gave up just one hit and struck out ten to pick up her 12th victory of the season. Brittany Cheney went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Black Bears (22-12). Kate DeForg got the lone hit for Vermont (10-15).
In game two Kuhl belted a two-run homer in the fifth and hit an RBI double in the fourth, while Cheney went 3-for-3 with two triples, two RBI’s and two runs scored to carry the Black Bears offense. Vermont catcher Whitney Borisenck went 2-for-2 in the loss.
BIDDEFORD – The University of New England rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the opener, then Jess Silvio pitched a three-hit shutout to sweep the doubleheader against Anna Maria.
In the first game, Katie Morin hit an RBI double to left field that scored Michaela O’Rourke, to tie the game at 1-1. Then Ashley DePasquale singled in Morin for the game-winning run. Alyssa Nawn belted a solo home run for Anna Maria (7-17).
In game two Silvio gave up on walks and struck out four in a three-hit shutout performence for the Nor’easters (8-5). UNE scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, sparked by a three run triple of the bat of DePasquale to end the game with the eight-run rule.
Colby, Trinity split
WATERVILLE – Andy Carr had three hits, including a pair of doubles to lead Colby College to a 10-8 victory over Trinity College in Game 1 of a doubleheader, while Trinity took the nightcap 12-8 in baseball action Saturday.
The Mules (6-7) edged the Bantams for the first time since the 2002 season with seven runs in the second inning. Carr had a two-run double, while Roddy Ames, Brian Liberty and Craig Cooper contributed an RBI single each.
Colby led 7-4 after four innings in the nightcap, but the Bantams got five runs in the fifth and sixth innings on a pair of round trippers from Matt Stafford. Stafford also had an RBI double in the first inning.
St. Joseph’s, Castleton split
FAIR HAVEN, Conn. – Luke Enman went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in to assist St. Joseph’s in an 11-4 win in Game 2 of a doubleheader as the Monks were edged 3-2 by Castleton State in the opener in baseball action Saturday.
Trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Monks (14-6) attempted a late game rally, but only managed a pair of runs.
St. Joseph’s was able to spice up the bats in the nightcap, plating two runs in the first inning and seven in the second. Dustin Spiller went 3-for-4, while Ben Muniz went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.
Bowdoin sweeps Tufts
BRUNSWICK – Bowdoin College allowed just three runs and eight hits in a doubleheader sweep of nationally-ranked Tufts University, 3-2 and 3-1, in baseball action Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (12-5) rallied to a dramatic victory in Game 1 after being just one strike away from defeat. Down 2-1 and heading into the final frame, Joe Berte led off the bottom of the seventh frame with a single for Bowdoin. In turn, pinch-runner Ben Yormak was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a groundout before Chris McCann walked on a 3-2 pitch.
John Lawrie slapped a base hit to left-center that skipped past the diving centerfielder, Jim O’Leary, scoring Yormak and McCann for the win.
UMF, Elms College split
HOLYOKE, Mass. – Elms College freshman pitcher R.J. Vassallie fired a complete-game four hitter in Game 1 for a 1-0 shutout, but the University of Maine at Farmington sophomore pitcher Ben Saviello of Wilton responded with a complete-game five hitter in the nightcap for a 5-1 victory in baseball action Saturday.
The Beavers (2-8) capitalized on an outfield error to plate the game-tying run in the sixth inning of the second game. They hen followed with four runs in the seventh, including RBI singles by sophomore shortstop Jacob Turner of Jay, freshman second baseman Greg Melanson, sophomore right fielder Corey Provencher of Rumford and an RBI double by junior catcher Tom Danylik.
Thomas, Becker split
LEICESTER, Mass. – Devin Caron hit a game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to give Becker a 4-3 victory over Thomas in game one of the doubleheader. Starting pitcher Keith Renaud went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Becker. Tim Mercier had two hits and RBI and a run scored for Thomas.
In the second game Thomas got two runs in the top of the seventh off a two-run single by Jordan McDonald to give them a 4-2 victory and a split in the series. Philip Schools pitched a complete game, gave up two runs and struck out five to pick up the win.
Western Connecticut, USM split
GORHAM – Sophomore Eddie Skeffington’s RBI single in the eighth inning snapped a 9-9 tie as Southern Maine defeated Western Connecticut State University 11-9 in the second game. The Colonials won the first game 5-1.
In the first game Zane Honious pitched a complete game two-hitter to lead Western Connecticut. Nick Parker had three RBIs in the game for the Colonials (5-15).
In the second game Max Arsenault had three hits and three RBIs to lead USM to a 11-9 victory. Skeffington also had three RBIs for the Huskies. Mike Perper had three hits and a pair of RBIs for Western Connecticut.
Curry 14, UNE 13
MILTON, MA – Nikke MacKay and Megan Tilley each scored four times to lead Curry College to a 14-13 victory over University of New England in women’s lacrosse action Saturday. Emily Knight and Jana Williamson chipped in with three goals apiece for Curry (8-3). Ashley MacDonald and Whitney Blais led Nor’easters (6-5) with four goals each in the loss.
Colby 13, Tufts 12
MEDFORD, MA – The Colby college women’s lacrosse team used good scoring balance with six players scoring two goals in taking a 13-12 come-from-behind victory over Tufts University in NESCAC play Saturday.
In the first half, the Jumbos controlled the game as junior midfielder Lauren Murphy had three goals in the first 30 minutes, which saw Tufts take a 7-3. The Mules
eventually took an 11-8 lead with 21 minutes to go in the game. Kelsey Neville, Elizabeth Ghilardi and Becky Julian all had two goals and one assist for the Mules (7-1).
Southern Maine 17, Western Connecticut 9
GORHAM – Juniors Virginia Flood and Ashley Dyer each scored five goals to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 17-9 victory over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials.
The Huskies scored the first five goals of the game to get the early jump. Dyer scored twice and set up s goal by sophomore Lisa Henley in the opening 12 minutes. Henly and Sarah Trent each scored three goals for USM (2-6). Taylor Moore netted three goals for the Colonials (0-9).
Middlebury 15, Bowdoin 6
MIDDLEBURY, VT – Schuyler Winstead scored a game-high four goals to lead Middlebury to a 15-6 victory over Bowdoin in a women’s college lacrosse matchup Saturday. Alison Perencevich and Elizabeth Renehan netted three goals apiece for Middlebury (6-1).
The Polar Bears opened the second half with two quick goals from Brooke Nentwig and Taylor White to cut the lead to 7-6 with 26:26 remaining. But White goal was the last for Bowdoin as Middlebury goaltender Blair Bowie stopped every shot after that and finished with 14 saves.
Western Connecticut 11, Southern Maine 7
DANUBRY, Conn. – Dennis Skarda and Ron Pack scored three goals each to lead Western Connecticut to an 11-7 win over the University of Southern Maine in men’s lacrosse action Saturday.
Zach Fermanis scored two of his team-high three goals in the second half as the Huskies (0-5) outscored the Colonials 6-3 over the final 30 minutes. Matt Manson of Leeds added a goal and an assist for the Huskies.
Wesleyan 6, Bowdoin 3
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Grayson Connors scored the eventual game-winner as Weslyean grabbed a 6-3 win from Bowdoin in men’s lacrosse action Saturday.
Connors carefully fielded the ball on the sloppy grass in front of the goal just before booting it past the goalie with 0.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter for Wesleyan (8-1).
Curry 9, UNE 5
MILTON, Mass. – Alex Savioli walked away with four goals as Curry downed the University of New England 9-5 in men’s lacrosse action Saturday.
The first half of the contest was intense as Curry had outscored the Nor’easters (2-7) by a margin of 7-4 by intermission. Following a scoreless third quarter, Curry again took an advantage in the final frame with a 2-1 margin.
Juan Loranzo paced the Nor’easters with a pair of goals, while Nate Biczak, Jared Tetz and Ryan Rivard each plunked one into the net.
Colby 8, Trinity 7
WATERVILLE – Tim Brown scored with 9:41 remaining in regulation for the eventual game-winner as Colby edged Trinity 8-7 in men’s lacrosse action Saturday. The Bantams (4-4) pecked away at the Mules’ (3-5) 8-5 lead on goals from Kris Tedeschi at 6:53 and Peter McIntire.
with just 22.8 seconds left, but Bowdoin held defensively as the clock ran out.
First-year attacker Caddy Brooks had two goals and one assist to lead the Mules. Dan Schupack also had two goals, while Rory Murphy of Brunswick, Todd Boertzel and Drew Piekarski had one goal each.