COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
LAMBERT EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Bates junior Elise Lambert finished second in the first preliminary 800-meter heat at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. That finish secures the third All-American honor of her career.

Lambert finished the heat in 2:11.93, the sixth-fastest time in the prelims overall. Lambert’s first All-America honor came as a member of Bates’ second-place distance medley relay team at the 2019 NCAA indoor championships, and her second was earned as a qualifier in the 800 meters at the 2020 NCAA indoor championships, which were canceled the day before they were to take place.

Also at the D-III track and field championships, Colby sophomore Sharde Johnson won the women’s high jump, while Tufts freshman Jaidyn Appel of Portland tied for second place. Johnson’s winning jump was 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Appel broke her own school record by clearing 5-8.

Appel’s teammate, Anna Slager of Gorham, finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10 minutes, 55.92 seconds.

COLLEGE ROWING
BOBCATS WIN HEATS: Bates College’s No. 1 nationally ranked women’s rowing team won both of its heats convincingly at the NCAA championships in Sarasota, Florida.

The Bobcats move on to Saturday’s grand finals appearing poised to win their fourth consecutive national title.

Despite Bates’ success this year, which includes earning its fourth straight NESCAC title earlier this month, Hamilton’s second varsity eight has defeated the Bobcats twice. But on Friday, Bates earned revenge, finishing the 2-kilometer course in 6 minutes, 57.256 seconds, while Hamilton was second by more than 24 seconds (7:21.844)

The Bates first eight remained undefeated on the season by winning its heat with a time of 6:44.670.

COLLEGE BASEBALL
SALVE REGINA 5, USM 4: The University of Southern Maine fell into the loser’s bracket in its NCAA Division III baseball regional on Friday, as its comeback bid fell short in a 5-4 loss to Salve Regina in Harford, Connecticut.

Brandon Grover and Sean O’Malley each went 3 for 4 with two RBI, and fourth-seeded Salve Regina (15-6-1) stayed alive in the double-elimination regional after losing its opening game on Thursday. Top-seeded USM (32-10) also dropped to 1-1 in the tournament and will have to win four games over the next two days to advance to the national championship.

USM fell behind 5-0, as Salve Regina scored two runs in the third inning and three in the fifth. The Huskies, meanwhile, were held to one hit until they rallied for four runs in the seventh inning. Tom Vesosky led off with a triple and scored on a single by Cam Seymour. Another run scored on an error, Sam Troiano hit an RBI single, and Dylan Hapworth drove in a run with a groundout.

Salve Regina reliever Andrew Roman closed out the win by retiring the final nine USM batters.

NJIT 2, MAINE 1: The Highlanders (26-22) scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Black Bears (22-21) in a winner’s bracket game and advance to the finals of the America East baseball tournament in Stony Brook, New York.

Maine pitcher Alex McKenney took a four-hit shutout into the ninth, but Julio Marcano led off with an infield single and moved to third while David Marcano reached on a fielding error. After a stolen base by David Marcano and an intentional walk, Daniel Helfgott lined out to center for a tying sacrifice fly. Luke Lonzo then drove in the winning run with a single to right.

NJIT, the only undefeated team remaining in the double-elimination tournament, needs one more victory to claim the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Maine, on the other hand, will play an elimination game Saturday against Stony Brook, and would then have to beat NJIT twice – once on Saturday and again on Sunday.

The Black Bears finished with 10 hits but couldn’t break through until the eighth, when singles by Connor Goodman, Ryan Turenne and Sean Lawlor brought in the game’s first run. Joe Bramanti loaded the bases with another single, but Maine couldn’t pad its lead.


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