Southern Maine finds relief Softball


GORHAM – Four relief pitchers combined to hurl 5.2 innings of scoreless relief as the Southern Maine pulled away for an 11-4 baseball victory over Thomas.

Pat Foley, Josh Connors, Brett Rogers and Andrew Portwine combined to shut the door, limiting Thomas to four hits. Foley entered in relief of starter Mike Hickey in the fourth inning, and after giving up a pair of singles, got out of a bases-loaded situation with a double play.

After spotting the Terriers (9-12) a 1-0 lead, the Huskies combined one hit, two walks and three hit-batsmen to score four times in the first inning. Jeff Skillin had a bases loaded walk and Josh Stowell was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Stefan Black then dropped in a two-out, two-run single.

Thomas picked up a single run in the second on a two-out, solo home run by Jerry Randall and one run inthe third on an RBI ground-out by Nick Schauwecker.

The Huskies took command with a single run in the fifth on an RBI single by Stowell, and a four-run sixth inning.

Foley picked up the win for Southern Maine, while Thomas starter Mark Lucier was credited with the loss.

Wesleyan 14, Bates 2

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Chris Simpson, Jesse Leavitt and Chris Waelsch belted out three hits apiece and combined for six RBIs to lead Wesleyan to a 14-2 rout over Bates.

Wesleyan jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then put six more on the board in the third to take command for good. Jeff Maier hit an RBI double to start that six-run rally, hit No. 169 in his career, breaking the school record set by Bill Robinson in 2003.

The Bobcats (4-7) were slow to start their offensive attack, yet managed to put up two runs in the ninth to prevent a shutout. Eric Wdowiak hurled the first five innings for Wesleyan (7-11-1) and earned his third win of 2006. Ben Schwartz was credited with the loss.

UMF, Lyndon State split

LYNDON, Vt. – Dan Hemdal pitched four hitless innings, and Chip Burnham belted a first-inning home run en route to five RBIs to lead the Maine-Farmington to a 12-3 victory over Lyndon State to earn a split a doubleheader.

Burnham got the Beavers (3-11) started with a two-run home run and knocked in three more runs during a six-run seventh inning to seal the win.

Jay product Jake Turner went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Pete McLaughlin continued his hitting streak with a 3-for-4 performance. Hemdal picked up his first collegiate win, striking out two during his four hitless innings, while Scott Hastings fired a perfect seventh to finish off the game.

Trailing 6-4 in the third inning of the second game, UMF scored five runs to take a 9-6 lead. Leading 11-8 heading into the fifth, the Beavers committed some costly errors, enabling Lyndon State to rally for a 15-11 win.

Husson 15, UMPI 0

BANGOR – Chris Pease hurled seven innings of three-hit baseball Wednesday and received strong support at the plate as Husson rolled over the University of Maine at Presque Isle 15-0.

Jason Harvey, Justin Spencer and Adam Sheeham combined for four hits and six RBIs to lead Husson’s offensive attack.

Maine, BU split

BOSTON – The University of Maine softball team split a doubleheader against Boston University on Wednesday.

In the first game, the Terriers scored two runs in the fifth inning and ended Maine’s five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory.

The Black Bears rebounded with four quick runs in the first two innings and Pownal’s Sarah Bennis shut down the Terriers for a 4-2 win.

Brittany Cheney and Erin Provost had the only two hits for Maine in the first game. BU starter Cassidy Hardy kept the Black Bears off balance.

Ashley Waters got things rolling for Maine in the second game when she roped a triple to right center, scoring Meagan Ramos. Waters then scored on Amy Kuhl’s suicide squeeze.

Maine kept it going in the second, scoring two more runs on Ramos’ single.

Bennis notched her 14th win of the season with a strong performance. She gave up two runs on six hits and had four strikeouts.

Bowdoin, Colby split

BRUNSWICK – The Bowdoin and Colby College softball teams split a NESCAC doubleheader Wednesday, with the Mules (3-12) claiming a 1-0 win in game one and the Polar Bears (11-15) posting a 4-0 win in the nightcap.

Game one was a pitcher’s duel as Colby’s Lauren Olmstead and Bowdoin’s Karen Reni both allowed three hits apiece. One of Colby’s hits was a solo home run by Carlie Minichino, providing the margin of victory for the Mules.

The secnd game was scoreless until the Polar Bears scored four times in the bottom of the sixth. Jayme Woogerd started the rally with a leadoff single up the middle that bounced past centerfielder Alyssa Charsky, allowing Woogerd to reach third base. Brittany Ogden followed with a fielder’s choice and Danielle Chagnon slaped a single to right field, scoring Woogerd. Megan Rogers hit a sacrifice fly to plate Ogden, and a sharp single by Alison Coleman to right field scored Chagnon and capped the Bowdoin rally.

UMF sweeps MMA

CASTINE – The University of Maine at Farmington earned a pair of wins over Maine Maritime with scores of 10-3 and 9-0.

Lauren Overlook and Sara Martin each had RBI doubles for the Beavers. Lauren Stacy picked up the mound win, while Liz Bergeron recorded the save. MMA was paced by Darcy Herrick and Amanda Stover with two hits apiece.

In game two, Renee Trafton tallied two hits for the Beavers, highlighted by a three-run triple. Erin Porter and Alix Raymond had two hits each, while Brandi Rideout belted an inside-the-park home run.

Sarah DeFlipp pitched the shutout for Farmington.

SJ’s sweeps Plymouth St.

STANDISH – The St. Joseph’s College softball team swept a doubeheader against Plymouth State by scores of 5-1 and 7-2.

In game one, Gabrielle Burrola allowed five hits and helped her cause at the plate with three hits and one run scored. Megan Farrell chipped in for the Monks (11-10) with two hits.

St. Joe’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two, then erupted for four runs in the fifth to take command once again. Plymouth State (3-14) scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to prevent a shutout. Colleen Delehanty allowed nine hits in seven innings of work to post the win.

Husson, Thomas split

BANGOR – Husson and Thomas split a softball doubleheader Wednesday, with Husson claiming a 3-0 decision in the opener, while Thomas rallying back for a 1-0 victory in the nightcap.

Shawna Bell, Carolyn McAvoy, Jordan Pruett and Jenny Rollins led Husson’s offense in game one with one hit each. Bell and Pruett tallied one RBI apiece in the low-scoring contest.

In the nightcap, Joy Ireland led Thomas with two hits and an RBI.