Bobcats wallop Mules

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WATERVILLE – Erik Hood and Adam Worrall each hit home runs as the Bates College baseball team took an 11-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Coombs Field ON Saturday.

Bates also took a 9-2 victory in the first game. Brian Mahoney had two hits and two RBIs in the second game for the Bobcats. Rob Schuler scored three runs and Alex Maulucci had two hits. Bates pitcher Ben Shwartz threw the first seven innings of the Game 2 for the win.

Casey McCormack and Mahoney had two hits and three RBIs in the opener for Bates. The Bobcats’ Griffin Finan pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the opener.

Colby’s Craig Cooper had three hits in the Game 2, while Tyler Hales had two hits and Andy Carr had an RBI double.

UMF splits

FARMINGTON – Castleton State scored six runs in the first and four more in the second to take a 10-3 lead and went on to win 11-10 over University of Maine at Farmington in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday.

Chris Ragis went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead Castleton State. The Spartans had six repeat hitters in the first game. The Beavers were led by Aaron Wolfe who went 4-for-4 with a pair of runs.

In Game 2, Craig Pendleton pitched a complete-game, gave up one run on five hits and four walks to lead the Beavers to a 2-1. UMF’s Chip Burnham doubled in Wolfe for the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Castleton State pitcher John Gilcris allowed only four hits and one earned run in the loss.

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Bowdoin sweeps

BRUNSWICK – Bowdoin College set a school record with its 10th and 11th consecutive victories in a sweep of Wesleyan University, 10-3 and 15-6, in a doubleheader Saturday.

In Game 1, the Polar Bears (21-5) broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning with consecutive one-out singles by Chris Bucci, Chris McCann and Jon Lawrie to take a 5-2 lead.

In Game 2, Bowdoin exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning, sending 11 players to the plate. Nick Lawler had a two-run double, while Joe Berte crushed a two-run triple in the effort.

USM sweeps

GORHAM – Freshman relief pitcher Josh Connors picked up the win in both games of a Little East Conference doubleheader as the University of Southern Maine Huskies swept the Keene State College Owls by scores of 9-6 and 7-6.

In the first game, the Huskies were down by one going into the sixth, then Ryan Pike belted a solo home run to tie the game at 6-6. USM would get winning runs in the eighth. Sophomore Eddie Skeffington drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run, and junior Joe McGhee smacked a two-out, two-run single to add a pair of insurance runs.

In Game 2, the Huskies scored six runs in the third highlighted by a two-run single from Chris Burleson, as USM held off Keene State with a 7-6 win. Keene State’s Jeremy Schilling drove in two runs in the fifth to make it 6-4. Burleson hit a solo shot in the seventh to make it 7-5.

Softball

Maine Maritime sweeps

CASTINE – Maine Maritime Academy defeated Beck College 5-3 in Game 1 of a North Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader Saturday.

Jess Whittaker earned her second victory of the season on the mound for the Mariners. Quirina Pagan went 2-for-2 with a double and a single while Caitlyn Grant had an RBI-double to lead MMA. The Hawks were led by Amarika Sloan who had a double and two singles with an RBI.

In Game 2, Kristen Gaylord had two hits, with two RBIs and scored three runs to lead MMA to a 7-4 win. Chelsie Carver had three hits for the Mariners (3-13). Amarika Sloan and Robyn Murray each had two hits for Becker (6-13).

Maine takes two

HARTFORD, Conn. – Erin Provost had six hits, five RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Black Bears to a two-game sweep of Hartford on Saturday.

In the first game, Maine pulled away with four runs in the fourth highlighted by RBI singles from Tara Wilardo and Ashley Waters to take a 7-2 lead. The Black Bears held on for an 8-4 win. Provost had four of her five RBIs in the first game. Samantha Morrison had two hits, three RBIs and a triple to lead the Hawks.

In the second game, Jenna Balent went the distance had two earned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts to carry Maine to a 7-4 victory over Hartford. Ashley Waters went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, while Molly McKinney also had a pair of RBIs for the Black Bears (29-15).

Wesleyan Sweeps

BRUNSWICK – Wesleyan scored two runs in the top of the eighth when Molly O’Connell and Vicky Russo scored on a throwing error as it defeated Bowdoin 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Molly Gaebe picked up the win, struck out six and hit a two-run triple in the third to lead Wesleyan (10-18). Danielle Chagnon hit a double, a triple and had two RBIs for the Polar Bears.

In the second game, Karla Hargrave went the distance, with no earned runs on four hits, and had seven strikeouts to lead Wesleyan to a 2-1 victory over Bowdoin to complete the sweep. Wesleyan got two runs in the fifth as Vicky Russo and Molly O’Connell hit singles, Sarah Gillooly reached on an error. Beth Bernstein hit a fielders’ choice for an RBI and another error allowed the second run to score. Alison Coleman went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Bowdoin (15-19). Brittany Ogden pitched well for the Polar Bears with one earned run on five hits and a walk.

Eastern Connecticut sweeps

GORHAM – Senior pitcher Lindsay Savelle earned a win and a save to lead Eastern Connecticut to a sweep of University of Southern Maine in a softball doubleheader Saturday.

In the first game, Savelle scattered six hits over seven innings, giving up just one run in the bottom of the first with five strikeouts for her ninth win of the season. Karen Taber had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Warriors (15-15). Caterina Riitano had two hits, including an RBI double for the Huskies.

In Game 2, Brooke Nici pitched four innings, gave up one run on four hits and a walk, then Savelle pitched three innings of scoreless relief to give Eastern Connecticut a 2-1 victory.

Thomas sweeps

WATERVILLE – Senior Joy Ireland pitched two complete-game wins for Thomas College as the Terriers swept Castleton, 2-1 and 2-0, in softball action Saturday.

In Game 1, Ireland pitched a complete game three-hitter and finished with nine strikeouts. Junior Charlee Hayes of Buckfield knocked in the tying run with an RBI single and later scored the go-ahead run on an errant throw to third base by the Spartan (15-11) catcher.

In Game 2, the Terriers (13-17) jumped out t a 2-0 lead on an RBI double by first year player right fielder Jesse Gamrat of Topsham.

UMF Sweeps

FARMINGTON – Mary Berry went 2-for-3 and had four RBIs in the first inning as UMF scored nine runs and won 9-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Johnson State.

Holly Tripp also had a pair of hits for the Beavers who were one out away from a mercy-rule shortened victory, but Johnson scored twice to extend the game. Rachel Peterson went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for Johnson State.

In the second game, the Beavers won 7-3 with the help of three shutout innings from Liz Bergeron to pick up the save. Johnson scored twice in the top of the first, but the Beavers rallied to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. UMF added two more in the second highlighted by an RBI single from Alix Raymond. Johnson State drew to within two, 5-3, with a run in the sixth, but UMF countered with a two-run single off the bat of Sarah Defilip to seal the win.

Men’s lacrosse

Bowdoin 15, Amherst 9

BRUNSWICK – The Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team beat Amherst for the first time since April of 2002, cruising past Amherst in a 15-9 win on Saturday.

Connor Fitzgerald and Matt Chadwick were a lethal combination this afternoon, each posting three goals and three assists to lead the Polar Bears. Tom McKinley netted a pair of goals and had an assist for Bowdoin (8-4).

Amherst was led by a trio of goals from both Brett Miller and Will Ferrer.

Connecticut 11, Colby 10

WATERVILLE – Craig Audin scored in overtime to lead Connecticut College to an 11-10 win over Colby in NESCAC men’s lacrosse action Saturday.

Sophomore Drew Piekarski had tied the game in regulation at 10-10 for the Mules (5-7) with a goal with 20.7 seconds remaining, his third of the contest.

Women’s lacrosse

Bowdoin 17, Connecticut College 6

BRUNSWICK – Bowdoin received a first-half hat trick from Bridget Keating as the Polar Bears jumped out to a 9-3 lead at the half and held on for a 17-6 triumph over Connecticut College in NESCAC women’s lacrosse action on Saturday.

Freshman Libby Barton also netted three goals, while Kate Donoghue added two goals and an assist for Bowdoin (10-3).

Connecticut College was led by Paige Pascarelli who scored three goals.

Amherst 12, Colby 11

WATERVILLE – Junior Alyssa Briody scored with 3.9 seconds left in overtime to give Amherst a 12-11 victory over Colby in NESCAC women’s lacrosse action Saturday.

Briody had four goals and an assist in the game and first-year player Amy Craig also had four goals to pace the Lord Jeffs (9-1).

The Mules (11-2) had three quick goals to open the game, but Amherst fought back to lead 7-4 at the half. Colby flipped the scoring in the second half to end regulation in a tie.

Lauren Barrett had a standout performance with four goals for the Mules.

Bates 10, Williams 9

LEWISTON – Sophomore Molly Wagner scored an unassisted goal with 1:11 left in regulation to lift Bates to a 10-9 win over Williams in NESCAC women’s lacrosse action Saturday.

Wagner’s goal completed a comeback from being down 9-7 with under 15 minutes left, as the Bobcats (5-5) earned their first NESCAC win of the season and snapped a four-game losing streak.

Junior Katherine Farmer closed the gap to 9-8 on an assist from sophomore Rachel Harmeling with 14:25 left in the game, and sophomore Sarah Peters’ goal with 3:56 left tied the game at 9-all.

Junior Kaylan Tildsley scored a game-high four goals for the Ephs (7-4) in the losing effort.

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