FARMINGTON — Thomas College swept the University of Maine at Farmington, 4-1 and 7-0, in a North Eastern Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Monday afternoon at Hippach Field.

The Beavers (5-22, 4-12) are scheduled to close out the regular season Tuesday at Bates. 

In the opener, Rob Nutter, Josh Gray and Daniel Ierardi each rapped an RBI single in the sixth inning as the Terriers broke away.

Thomas (12-22, 9-7) led 1-0 on a Ben Goodall RBI single in the fifth before building a 4-0 lead in the sixth on the troika of run-scoring hits.

Jake Chamblee went the distance for the win. Chamblee scattered nine hits, while striking out four and walking one.

The Beavers strung together four hits in the seventh, including Josh Garneau’s RBI single, but Chamblee battled out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout.

Matt Levine, Jack MacVane and Ian McAlister each singled twice for UMF. Connor McNeill took the loss, allowing seven hits while striking out two in five innings.

Cody Vigue clubbed a single and a double for the Terriers. Goodall and Gray each collected a pair of hits.

In game two, Eric Sucy tossed a five-hit shutout. He struck out five.

Gray and Taylor Livingston each delivered a run-scoring hit in the opening frame as the Terriers built a 3-0 lead. Gray and Vigue each singled, doubled and drove in a run in the victory.

Levine singled twice for UMF. McNeill belted a ground-rule double.

McAlister took the losing decision for the Beavers. The freshman gave up seven hits while striking out three over five innings.

Albany 7, Maine 6

ORONO — Maine’s Michael Fransoso belted a triple with two outs in the ninth inning to force extra innings Monday, but a pinch hit home run by Jeff Welsh in the top of the 12th gave Albany a 7-6 baseball win.

The Black Bears fell to 15-21 on the season and 5-5 in America East play. 

Maine tied the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch runner Eric White advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Taylor Lewis’ double to left field. Fransoso then tripled to center field, plating Lewis from second base to tie the game at 6-6. 

D.J. Voisine pitched the final three innings for Maine, allowing only the home run but falling to 1-1 on the season. Ryan White got the win for Albany, with Matt Drybus earning his second save.

Lewis and Franzoso each belted a double earlier in the game for the Black Bears.


Bates sweeps Thomas

LEWISTON — Bates softball scored a pair of shutout wins Monday against Thomas College, defeating the visiting Terriers 2-0 in Game 1 before winning 9-0 in five innings in Game 2.

Stellar pitching performances from Caroline Gattuso and Kristen Finn and an offensive attack led by Karen Ullmann and Leah Maciejewski showed the way for the Bobcats.

Gattuso started Game 1 and held the Terriers (18-12) scoreless in seven innings, striking out seven, walking no one and giving up five hits to notch her second shutout, and the first seven-inning shutout of her career.

Bates scored a run in the first for Gattuso. Ullmann drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error, then came home on Kelly McManus’ sacrifice fly to center field.

Kelsey Crowe was 2-for-3, including a hard double down the left-field line in the second inning, for the Terriers.

Bates (10-10) gave Finn a lead in the first innin of the nightcap, scoring a single run on AnnaMarie Martino’s hard single to center field, which scored McManus.

The Bobcats then exploded for eight runs in the second inning. Monica Berube led off with a ground-rule double that got under the fence in right field. Mary Lewis tripled and Ullmann and Maciejewski each doubled in the frame.

Finn took care of the rest for Bates, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out eight Terriers. With her second shutout in her past three appearances, Finn improved her record to 6-5.  

Ullmann was 3-for-3 in Game 2. She and Maciejewski both went a combined 4-for-5 in the two games. Maciejewski drove in two runs, while Ullmann drove in one and stole two bases. 

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