Quintal propels Maine past NYIT Softball


ORONO – Ryan Quintal cracked three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs as the University of Maine hung on to defeat the New York Institute of Technology, 13-12, in college baseball action Sunday.

NYIT scored three runs in each of the first two innings to grab a quick 6-0 lead. Maine finally got on the board in the third and took a 13-11 lead with three runs in the seventh.

Troy Martin picked up the win in relief, giving up two runs in three innings of work.

Joe Hough had four hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Black Bears (22-11-1). Joel Barrett also knocked in two runs. Six players collected two hits each for NYIT (19-14).

St. Joseph’s 1, Becker 0

STANDISH – Freshman Chris Leger tossed six innings of shutout ball and helped St. Joseph’s emerge from a classic pitcher’s duel with a 1-0 win over Becker College.

Leger yielded just four hits, fanned four and walked two before giving way to Charlie Furbush, who pitched a hitless seventh inning for the save. Wade Oliver drove in Andrew Wood with the only run of the game in the third inning as the Monks improved to 27-6.

Keith Renaud was the hard-luck loser for Becker, giving up just three hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings of work.

Wheaton sweeps USM

GORHAM – The Wheaton College Lyons came from behind twice to sweep the University of Southern Maine Huskies by scores of 9-7 and 5-2 in a non-conference bas doubleheader. In the opening game, the Lyons used a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by a grand slam by sophomore Pat O’Connor

In the nightcap, the Lyons took advantage of two walks, two hit batsmen, a sacrifice fly and three singles to push five runs across in the fourth inning to wipe out a 2-0 deficit en route to the 5-2 decision. The sweep extends the Lyons’ winning streak to 20 games, and raises their overall record to 27-6. The Huskies fall to 17-11 overall.

Thomas sweeps

WATERVILLE- Thomas College swept Johnson State College, winning 25-0 in the first game and 5-1 in the nightcap in college softball action on Sunday.

In game one, the Terriers (15-17) had hot bats driving in 10 runs in the first inning. Joy Ireland pitched a five inning game, allowing only one hit and finishing with nine strikeouts. Junior Charlee Hayes had two doubles along with five RBIs. Freshman Jackie Kravatz had the sole hit for Johnson State (5-13).

In game two, junior catcher Kayla Beaudoin had two singles and a double with one RBI. Ireland earned the second win, giving her 11 wins on the season.

Elms College sweeps

CASTINE – Elms College pitchers tossed back-to-back shutouts and swept Maine Maritime Academy.

In the opener, Tammy Tremblay had three hits and Kristi Guzzo stumped the MMA offense for an 8-0 win. Amanda Stover and Caitlyn Grant had the only hits for MMA (3-15).

In the second game, Kerrie Bowden stroked a double to send the Blazers (19-9) to a 5-0 victory. Darcy Herrick, Kristen Gaylord and Amy Asselin each had singles for MMA.

UMF sweeps Castleton

FARMINGTON – Lauren Overlock, Kristi Cochin and Mary Berry combined for 12 hits, including five each from Overlock and Berry, in a doubleheader sweep of Castleton State by identical 8-3 scores in college softball action Sunday.

In the opener, UMF (20-9) fell behind 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third, but rallied for a single run in the third and five more in the fourth to seal the win. Castleton scored twice in the opening inning of game two, but the Beavers broke the game open with a seven-run third inning, highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles from Berry and Overlock and RBI singles by Erin Porter and Sara Martin.

UMF’s final run scored in the fifth when Berry walked and later scored on a wild pitch. Meagan Carman pitched all seven innings for her second win in as many days.