Hood homers twice as Bobcats sweep away Owls

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LEWISTON – Erik Hood hit two three-run home runs and Adam Worrall belted a grand slam as the Bates College baseball team swept the University of Maine at Presque Isle 17-3 in five innings Game 1 and 13-11 in the second of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.

Hood, who went 4-for-4 with four runs and six RBIs, added a three-run homer in the fourth on a screaming line drive that cleared the left-field fence.

Chuck Murphy-Romboletti earned the win in the first game with a mercy-rule shortened five inning complete game, striking out three batters.

Bates totaled 15 hits in the second game, reaching Brandon Elie for 13 runs, seven earned. The Owls racked up 17 hits with 11 runs, six of them earned.

Among Bates’ many offensive standouts on the day were Brian Buckley, who went 5-for-6 with five runs and five RBIs, Casey McCormack with four runs and Alex Egelson who had two runs and two RBIs.

USM 18, Colby 15

WATERVILLE – Ryan Pike and Ryan Bourque belted out grand-slams Wednesday to propel the University of Southern Maine to a 18-15 victory over Colby in baseball action.

The Huskies (15-8) held a 14-4 lead at one point, but the Mules scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth and added four more runs in the seventh to tighten things up.

Josh Stowell went 4-for-6, while Joe Ganley and Max Arsenault each went 3-for-4 for the Huskies.

Greg Ortiz belted three hits and six RBIs for Colby, highlighted by a home run. Andy Carr also homered for the Mules, with three hits overall and four RBIs.

Nick Spillane added four hits, while Tyler Hales and Colin Riggs both had three hits.

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Softball

UMF sweeps

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team took two one-run victories over Thomas, 2-1 and 1-0, Wednesday in a college softball doubleheader.

In the opener, despite managing just two hits and committing five errors, UMF pulled out a 2-1 victory. Megan McCrum scored on a passed ball, while Holly Tripp scored on a two-out wild pitch.

In the second game, UMF scored the game’s only run in the sixth when Tripp reached on a one-out single and advanced to second when Brandi Rideout, who reached on an infield error, was thrown out trying to score.

With Tripp on second, Sara Martin delivered a single, allowing Tripp to score the decisive run.

Sarah Defilipp retired the side in the seventh to preserve the complete-game victory, striking out a total of six in the contest.

Bowdoin sweeps

BANGOR – Bowdoin College took both games in its softball doubleheader over Husson, clinching the first game 18-3 and posting a 7-1 win in Game 2 Wednesday.

The Polar Bears (15-15) exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning and recorded seven more in the fifth. Danielle Chagnon had five hits and five RBIs.

Alison Coleman and Megan Rodgers each homered for the Polar Bears, while Kate Chin and Jayme Woogerd each scored three runs apiece.

Bowdoin tallied five runs after just two innings in Game 2. Chagnon and Coleman each smacked home runs for the win, while Rodgers and Jessica Paris had two hits for the Bowdoin offensive effort.

Lacrosse

Colby 13, Bowdoin 11

WATERVILLE – Allie Libby scored two goals and earned four assists Wednesday to pace Colby to a narrow 13-11 victory over Bowdoin in women’s lacrosse action.

Libby now leads the conference in scoring with 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points.

Kate Sheridan added three goals, two assists, seven draw controls and four ground balls. Carrie Lovejoy, Libba Cox and Heather Nickerson scored two goals each for the Mules.

Bowdoin (9-3) was paced by Kate Donoghue with four goals and one assist. Taylor White and Bobbi Dennison had one goal and one assist each.

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