Bobcats, Beavers settle for a split

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FARMINGTON – The Bates College and University of Maine at Farmington baseball teams split a doubleheader at Hippach Field as both teams rode a strong pitching performance by their starters.

Freshman lefty Craig Pendleton hurled a complete-game three-hitter in the opener, retiring 15 of 16 batters through six innings in UMF’s 2-1 win. Tom Danylik hit a two-run homer to plate both runs for the Beavers (9-20).

In the second game, it was the Bobcats’ turn to trot out a hot pitcher in a 6-1 victory. Sean Vandervliet scattered six hits and struck out seven over seven innings for the win. Casey McCormack and Brian Mahoney each hit solo home runs, and Dave Farrell had three RBIs for Bates (11-18).

Colby 3, Bowdoin 2

WATERVILLE – Jon Vacca led the sixth inning with a single, stole second, moved to third on a single by Nick Spillane then scored on an RBI ground out by Tyler Hales to lift Colby to a 3-2 victory over Bowdoin in baseball action Thursday.

Justin Clark worked three strong innings in relief to earn the win.

Bowdoin got a lone run in the first inning when Chris McCann led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by John Lawrie. The Polar Bears made it 2-0 in the fourth inning when Chris Bucci led off with a walk and later scored on an RBI ground out by Lawrie.

Colby tied the game with two runs in the fifth inning. Spillane had a one-out single and scored on an RBI single by Tom Salemy. Roddy Ames brought in Salemy with another RBI single. Spillane finished with two hits, while Salemy went 1-for-2 with one run scored.

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USM 4, Babson 3

GORHAM – Mike D’Andrea scored from third base on a double steal attempt in the eighth inning to help the University of Southern Maine rally from a three-run deficit to post a 4-3 victory over Babson.

Chris Burespm had a two-run single, while Joe McGhee stroked a two-out RBI single for the Huskies (25-12). Jeff Skillin and Joe Ganley each had two hits apiece.

Babson (18-16) grabbed a 2-0 lead, scoring all of their runs in the fourth inning. Billy Lucas drove in a pair of runs with a double, and later scored the third run on a two-out infield error.

Softball

USM 2, Eastern Conn. 0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Katie Mainville turned in a dominating performance to lead the University of Southern Maine to a 2-0 victory over Eastern Connecticut in the 2006 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament Thursday.

Mainville tied her own school record, fanning 16 batters in seven innings of scoreless work. In control from the start, she did not give up a hit to the Warriors (21-18) until the fifth inning. The Huskies (21-18) scored both runs in the second thanks to an RBI single by Caitlin Stivaletta and two errors by Eastern Connecticut.

Southern Maine will face the winner of the Keene State v. Western Connecticut game today at noon.

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