WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior pitcher Kristin Masino pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout to lead Bates College to a 4-0 victory over Brandeis University in the first game of a softball doubleheader Saturday.

Masino gave up just one walk and struck out eight batters. Val Beckwith went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI for Bates (4-4).

In Game 2, Mari Levine belted a game-winning, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give Brandeis a 4-2 victory over Bates. Brandeis fell behind, 1-0, in the first inning, but Natalie Volpe tied the game with a solo home run in the fifth.

Bates got its second run in the top of the sixth when Kyla Decato hit an RBI-single that scored Katie Franklin. Brandeis’ pitcher Kaitlin Streilein pitched a complete-game with 11 strikeouts.

USM drops two

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Shortstop Darcy Lantz drilled a two-out double in the top of the eighth inning that scored Kaitlyn Clark for the game-winning run as Babson (9-3) defeated the University of Southern Maine 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Christen Lachapelle and Katie Martell each had an RBI single for USM.

In Game 2, the Huskies fell, 14-6, to a potent Wisconsin-Whitewater offense that was led by Kyley Shramek, who had three hits, including a three run homer and four RBIs. Southern Maine (2-4) sophomore Dawn Ross went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

UNE, Nichols split

BIDDEFORD – Katie Morin of Lewiston was perfect at the plate and scored three times as the University of New England earned a split, 3-5 and 9-1, with Nichols College in a softball doubleheader Saturday.

The Bisons (9-7) plated three runs in the top of the ninth inning of the opener on its way to a 5-3 extra-inning win.

Morin, who had seven hits in the two games, got the Nor’easters (1-1) on the board in the first inning of the nightcap when she singled down the left-field line. The Nor’easters added two more runs in the frame on a fielder’s choice and an RBI double by Karcha Turner of Paris.

The Nor’easters scored twice in both the second and fourth innings to build a 7-1 advantage as Morin and Lisa Baillargeon had hits in each inning to help set up scoring opportunities. Jess Silvio earned her first collegiate victory, scattering six hits and striking out three. Turner and Baillargeon had three hits apiece to aid in the Nor’easter’s 15-hit attack.

Maine sweeps

ORONO – The University of Maine climbed back from deficits in both games to take a 6-2 and 5-4 wins over Merrimack in doubleheader softball action Saturday.

The Black Bears were down early when Stephanie Simon hit a two-run homer over the left-field fence for Merrimack. But Maine came back with a pair of runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Erin Provost.

Maine took the lead in the fourth inning when Brittany Cheney roped a single to left field to score Dana Grimm, who reached base on an error. Molly McKinney added to the lead with a two-run single to centerfield, making it 5-2.

In the second game, Merrimack scored first on a Jackie Rubino solo home run in the second inning. It added two more in the third before Maine got on the board when Tara Vilardo grounded out to second base, scoring Grimm. The Black Bears tied the game in the fourth on a Grimm two-run double to the gap in right center.

The Warriors regained the lead in the sixth, but Maine tied the score in the bottom of the seventh when Ashley Waters laid down a successful suicide squeeze, allowing Provost to score from third.

The Black Bears scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a bases-loaded single by Marguerite Soule.

UMF sweeps

LONGMEADOW, Mass. – The UMF softball team banged out 27 hits and scored 25 runs en route to a softball doubleheader sweep of Bay Path Saturday.

The Beavers posted a 15-2 win in the opener, led by a five-RBI effort from Kate Ross and a four-RBI performance from Breanna Conners. The Beavers went on to recorda 10-0 win in the nightcap. Megan Carman and Liz Bergeron combined to no-hit Bay Path.

UMF is now 4-0 on the season and has outscored its opponents 45-3 this season.

Farmington scored a pair of runs in the first inning of Game 1 on RBI singles from Megan McCrum and Sara Martin, and scored four more in the third to snap a 2-2 tie, highlighted by the first of Conners’ two, two-run doubles.

A two-run single from Ross in the fifth extended the lead to 8-2, and a seven-run outburst in the sixth sealed the win.

In Game 2, UMF scored five times in the first, highlighted by a two-run double from Mary Berry and added two more in the second and third before plating a single run in the fourth to finish the scoring, as the game was called after five innings.


Wisconsin-Whitewater 8, Southern Maine 6

CHANDLER, Ariz – Junior Chris Spangler pitched seven scoreless innings to help the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater build a 7-0 lead before holding on for an 8-6 victory over the University of Southern Maine in baseball action Saturday.

Ben Prather went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Mike Jacobson had two hits and scored a pair of runs for Wisconsin-Whitewater (3-2).

USM scored two runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth, but that wasn’t enough to get the win. Nick Vardaro went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for USM (3-3).

Maine splits pair

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Nolan Boike remained undefeated with a pitching victory in the opener, while the University of Maine dropped the nightcap in 3-1 and 1-7 decisions against NYIT in doubleheader action Saturday.

Sean Parker had a run-scoring single in the second and fourth innings of the opener for the Black Bears (10-9). Boike received superb relief from Mike Powers and Scott Robinson, who earned his second save of the season.

Kevin McAvoy scored Danny Menendez on a single in the first inning of the nightcap for the Black Bears, but NYIT (7-7) took advantage of three hits and two errors in the third inning for five runs.

Maine could not recover offensively as Chris Perez had a fine performance on the mound, giving up only two hits, two walks for the win.

Men’s lacrosse

Bates 8, Wesleyan 4

LEWISTON – Justin Simon scored a game-high three goals and added an assist to lead undefeated Bates to an 8-4 win over Wesleyan in a NESCAC men’s lacrosse matchup Saturday.

Wes Couture netted a pair of goals, while Mike Medeiros and David Pritchard also found the back of the net for the Bobcats (7-0).

Wesleyan (4-1) was led by Grayson Connors and Jason Ben-Eliyahu, who each had a goal and an assist.

Bowdoin 11, Springfield 10

BRUNSWICK – Dave Donahue scored the game-winning goal with just three seconds remaining in regulation to lift Bowdoin to an 11-10 victory over Springfield in men’s lacrosse action Saturday.

A back-and-forth contest in the first half resulted in a 5-5 tie at intermission, courtesy of a Tyler Montgomery tally with one tick left in the second quarter.

The Polar Bears (4-1) had a stellar third quarter as Andy Nelson sandwiched goals around tallies by Alex Weaver, Chris Eaton and Brad Gillis.

A late rally by the Pride (2-3) nearly resulted in overtime. Down 10-6 heading into the final quarter, Springfield responded with four unanswered goals before Donahue nailed the game shut just before the horn.

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