FORT MYERS, Fla. — Sophomore Natasha Jackson scored from third on an errant throw with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 6-5 win over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the Huskies beat Thomas College, 8-0, in a game shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule.

The two wins extended the Huskies’ winning streak to six games since they lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater Monday morning. Southern Maine finished its 12-game Florida swing 8-4.

Against UWW in the seventh inning, the Huskies loaded the bases on a walk, an infield error and a fielder’s choice. After a popout and another fielder’s choice , sophomore Ashley Woodcock of Jay reached when the throw to first pulled the first baseman of the bag as Jackson scored the winning run.

The Huskies had taken a 2-0 lead on a first inning RBI single by junior Darci Holland of Buckfield and an RBI single by Woodcock in the second inning.

In the morning game, the Huskies used a pair of four-run innings to dispatch the Terriers who were playing their first game of the season.

McLean had a key two-run single to highlight the four-run third inning. Holland, freshman Kristi Steward and Jackson had RBI in the four-run fifth inning.

NCC 3, Colby 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Colby College softball team continued to have problems scoring runs in falling 3-1 to North Central College in Florida on Wednesday morning.

The Mules (1-4) have scored just two runs in the last three games. However, Colby is hitting the ball so far this season. The Mules have out-hit all five of their opponents.

Shannon Emerson doubled and tripled for Colby, which had seven hits. Kate Hurd added two hits and the Mules’ lone RBI.

Lauren Olmsted pitched a complete game for Colby and was not charged with an earned run.

Baseball

Middlebury 7, USM 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Freshman Tyler Bank pitches a complete game and senior Denver Smith punched out a pair of hits and collected three RBIs as Middlebury defeated the University of Southern Maine 7-3 at Tarry Park Wednesday.

The loss leaves the Huskies with a 4-6 record as they head home to begin the northern portion of their 2003 schedule on Friday at Wheaton College

USM came back in the third inning to tie the game on an RBI single by senior Paul Tedesco.

Men’s lacrosse

Keene State 20, UNE 4

KEENE, N.H. — Joe Branciforte had four goals and five assists and Ben Bradley finished with four goals and four assists to lead the Keene State College men’s lacrosse team to a 20-4 home-season opening victory over the University of New England in Keene on Wednesday.

Eric Momnie and Chad Tiger also had four goals each in the game for KSC.

Ryan Rivard had two goals and an assist to lead UNE (0-2). Jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first quarter, the Owls had a 16-1 advantage at halftime.


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