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Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:35 am
by Tom Nolette
Game 1 – UMaine-Farmington 7, UMaine-Presque Isle 0
Game 2 – UMaine-Farmington 10, UMaine-Presque Isle 3

Grover’s doubleheader cycle leads Beavers to sweep Owls

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington freshman Kennadi Grover hit for the cycle over Saturday’s doubleheader with the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and recorded three runs, six RBI, and a home run to lead the Beavers to a 7-0, 10-3 doubleheader sweep of the Owls at Prescott Field.

Grover went 2-for-3 in the day’s first game, including a lead-off solo home run she slammed to right field in the second inning for what proved to be the game-winning run. The Beavers added a second run later in the frame, when Katherine Smedberg’s sacrifice fly to right field allowed Hannah Lust to score.

The Beavers tacked on a single run in the fourth on Grover’s ground out to second that scored Katie Clark.

UMaine-Farmington effectively put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning on five hits, keyed by an Amy Jones RBI double to center and Grover’s single through the left side to score an additional run.

Beaver freshman Courtney Fowler got the start in the circle and fanned four UMPI batters while scattering four hits in the complete game shutout victory. The Owls’ Katelyn Dow allowed six earned runs on 11 hits in the loss.

UMaine-Presque Isle was able to generate a little more offense in game two, but Farmington scored three runs in the sixth to finish with a comfortable margin of victory.

Grover doubled down the right field line with one out in the first inning, allowing Clark and Natasha DeRoche to score and helping the Beavers grab an early 3-0 lead.

After the two teams traded single runs in the second inning, UMaine-Farmington grabbed a 6-1 lead in the third with a pair of runs. Grover belted a triple to right field to complete her cycle for the day and score DeRoche, who got aboard on an UMPI error. Grover crossed later in the inning on Haley Berry’s grounder to second.

DeRoche extended the Beavers’ lead to 7-1 with an RBI single in the fourth to score Dayle Jordan.

UMaine-Presque Isle closed the gap with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on three hits. Two of those runs crossed on one hit, Brittany Luetjen’s two-out, bases loaded single into center field.

The Beavers got those runs back and then some in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs on Clark’s two-run shot to left field and a wild pitch later in the frame that allowed DeRoche to score from third with two outs.

Farmington starter Kristen Manzo went the distance and got the win, despite allowing seven hits and issuing four walks. UMPI’s Whitney Donovan allowed 10 runs, six earned, on eight hits and three walks and took the loss.

UMaine-Farmington closes out its home slate on Sunday, April 27, when it hosts Johnson State College at 12:00 p.m. on Prescott Field. UMaine-Presque Isle will play the club program from the University of Maine in Orono on Sunday.


Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:06 am
by Tom Nolette
Game 1 – UMaine-Farmington 8, Johnson State 0
Game 2 – UMaine-Farmington 9, Johnson State 1

Beavers sweep Johnson State to close NAC slate with 10 conference wins

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team reached the 10-win mark in North Atlantic Conference play for the first time since 2009 with a “Senior Day” doubleheader sweep of Johnson State College, 8-0 and 9-1, Sunday afternoon at Prescott Field.

The Beavers improved to 14-10 overall with the wins, 10-4 in NAC play. Johnson State fell to 6-19 overall, 5-8 in conference games.

UMaine-Farmington last reached a double-digit total versus conference foes in 2009, when the Beavers were 10-4 in the NAC. UMF softball was 17-13 that season, which also marks the last time the Beavers finished the regular season with a .500-or-better winning percentage. Farmington has just two games remaining on its regular season slate, assuring it of a .500 finish.

Sophomore Emily Soule pitched a one-hit gem with four strikeouts to lead the Beavers to the win in game one, improving her record to 7-4 on the season.

The Beavers did most of their offensive work in the third inning, scoring five runs on six hits. Senior Amy Jones sacrificed home fellow senior Jillian Withee for the first Farmington run, and Katie Clark doubled home Soule to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.

Freshman Kennadi Grover belted a triple down the right field line to plate both Clark and Jones, doubling the Farmington lead to 4-0. Hannah Lust capped the scoring with a ground out to third that allowed Grover to come home.

Farmington tacked on three runs in the sixth to close the game. Soule singled up the middle to score Shelby Bryant, who got aboard with a double down the left field line. Clark laced a single into center field, plating Jones and Dayle Jordan for the final two Beaver runs.

Jones went 3-for-3 in game one, while Clark was 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Johnson State starter Andrea Williams was tagged with the loss, after allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits. Badger catcher Amanda McLean produced the lone Johnson State hit, a leadoff single in the third inning.

UMaine-Farmington put up four runs in the first inning of game two to take a commanding lead. Meryl Bond doubled home two of those runs with a shot into right center, and Withee’s single up the middle allowed Bond to cross later in the frame.

Clark slammed her third home run of the season in the third inning, also plating Jones who reached on a leadoff single. Grover reached base later in the inning on a Johnson State error, and later scored on Haley Berry’s grounder to second.

Withee plated Farmington’s first run in the fifth on a single through the right side of the infield, and Berry closed out the game with a double to right field that scored pinch runner Jordan.

Johnson State’s lone run came in the fourth on a solo home run by Sarah Voorhis.

Freshman Courtney Fowler pitched the Beavers to the win in game two, fanning three Badger batters and allowing just five hits in the complete game victory.

Johnson State starter Alex Macey yielded nine runs on seven hits in game two, but only two of those runs were earned.

UMaine-Farmington concludes the regular season on Tuesday, April 29, when it faces Bowdoin College at 3:30 p.m. in Brunswick, Maine. Johnson State will also conclude its regular season on Tuesday at home with a NAC game against Husson University.


Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:59 am
by Tom Nolette
Soule named NAC Softball Pitcher of the Week

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington sophomore Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) earned North Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week honors when the conference’s weekly awards were announced Monday.

This is Soule’s second NAC Pitcher of the Week award this season, after previously receiving the honor back on April 7.

Soule pitched UMaine-Farmington to three wins in her six appearances last week, striking out a total of 29 batters while allowing just three earned runs over 33.0 innings of work for a 0.64 ERA for the week.

Soule recorded a career-best 12 strikeouts in a 9-2 complete game win over Lyndon State in game one of the two teams’ doubleheader. She then came back the next day and fanned six Husson batters while allowing no earned runs in a complete game win over the Eagles. Soule also pitched the seventh inning versus Husson in game two of the twinbill, picking up the save.

In her four appearances against NAC opponents spanning 21.0 innings, Emily allowed just 12 hits and one earned run with 22 strikeouts, posting a 0.33 ERA.

UMaine-Farmington concludes its 2014 regular season on Tuesday, April 29, with a non-conference doubleheader at Bowdoin College. The Beavers begin play in the 2014 NAC Softball Tournament on Friday, May 2, at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:12 am
by Tom Nolette
UMAINE-FARMINGTON SPORTS NEWS: Softball final vs. Bowdoin

Game 1 – Bowdoin 8, UMaine-Farmington 2
Game 2 – Bowdoin 6, UMaine-Farmington 0

Beavers by Polar Bear pitching in sweep

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team wrapped up its regular season with a pair of losses to Bowdoin College, 8-2 and 6-0, in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Pickard Field.

UMaine-Farmington heads into this weekend’s North Atlantic Conference Tournament with a 14-12 record. Bowdoin improved to 24-12 as it begins play in the NESCAC Tournament on Friday.

The Beavers recorded just six hits in each of the two games, with sophomore Emily Soule lead Farmington at the plate with three hits.

In the first game, Cielle Collins got Bowdoin started with a RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the first, capitalizing on a bases loaded opportunity.

The Beavers looked to break through in their following at bat with runners on second and third with only one out, but Julia Geaumont battled back for consecutive strikeouts to close the inning. Back to back doubles in the bottom of the third put Bowdoin on top 2-0 after Nicole Nelson drove Emily Griffin in from second. Collins tacked on another RBI for the team’s fifth straight hit of the inning, followed by a two run double to center from Siena Mitman.

Adriane Krul and Nelson added to the Polar Bears’ run total with a RBI each in the bottom of the fifth.

The Beavers put a pair of runs on the board in the sixth as Kennadi Grover doubled to right and Jillian Withee singled to the same spot. Half of Farmington’s six hits came in the sixth.

Mitman closed out the game for Bowdoin with a solo shot to straightaway center in the bottom of the sixth.

With just three outs separating the Polar Bears from the win, Emily Griffin stepped in to fan all three batters she faced.

Geaumont started the day for Bowdoin, completing two innings of work with two strikeouts and as many hits. Alana Luzzio and Emily Griffin completed the remaining five innings in relief, combining for eight strikeouts.

Bowdoin got its first run of the second game on the board in the opening inning off a sacrifice fly by Nicole Nelson. A big fourth inning put three more runs up for Bowdoin, beginning with a two run single off the bat of Luzzio. Krul later fouled out deep in left field, allowing Collins to tag up and advance home.

The Polar Bears offense continued to produce in the fifth as Katie Gately collected an RBI double. Gately eventually came around to score as Marisa O’Toole flied out to center.

Soule and Amy Jones each had two hits to pace the Beavers in game two.

Kristen Manzo pitched six innings for the Beavers with seven hits and three earned runs. The freshman hurler walked four and earned one strikeout on her way to the loss.

Griffin pitched three innings for Bowdoin, collecting one strikeout while allowing two walks and three hits. Melissa DellaTorre finished out the game by allowing three hits while fanning seven.

UMaine-Farmington will open the NAC Tournament on Friday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. when the third-seeded Beavers face fourth-seeded Thomas College.


Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 7:57 am
by Tom Nolette
UMAINE-FARMINGTON SPORTS NEWS: Jones and Soule named First Team All-NAC; Soule

Jones and Soule named First Team All-NAC; Soule tabbed as Pitcher of the Year

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball capped a 14-win season by earning the North Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year award and placing two Beavers on the All-North Atlantic Conference First Team, when post-season honors were announced Friday.

Senior infielder Amy Jones (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and sophomore Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) were both First Team All-NAC honorees, marking the first time since 2007 that UMaine-Farmington has placed two athletes on the conference’s first team.

Soule was also recognized as the conference’s 2014 Pitcher of the Year – the first time a UMaine-Farmington softball pitcher has earned the award.

Jones becomes the first player in program history to earn First Team or Second Team honors all four years of her career, after she earned Second Team All-NAC honors in each of her first three seasons.

Jones finished the regular season with a .417 batting average, ranked fourth in the NAC, but that average exploded to a league-leading .522 and 24 hits against conference pitchers, with a .521 on-base percentage and a .739 slugging percentage. She has recorded a team-leading 10 multiple hit games, and is tied for the team lead with 18 runs scored.

Soule heads into the NAC Tournament with a 7-4 record and a 2.06 ERA, allowing just 20 earned runs over her 68.0 innings pitched. She recorded 63 strikeouts against just 14 walks, including a career-high 12 strikeouts versus Lyndon State on April 21. Versus conference batters, Soule racked up 56 strikeouts, third-most in the NAC, with a league-leading seven victories to go with one save.

At the plate, Soule is batting a team-leading .419 with 26 hits over 62 at bats. She enters the NAC Tournament with an eight-game hitting streak.

UMaine-Farmington finished the season with a 14-12 overall record, most wins for the program since a 14-14 mark in 2010. The Beavers’ 10-4 record this season in conference play also represents the team’s best effort in the NAC loop since 2009.

The Beavers earned the third seed for the NAC Tournament, and will begin tourney play on Friday, May 2, against fourth-seeded Thomas College. Start time for the game is 2:00 p.m. in Bangor, Maine.


Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 8:01 am
by Tom Nolette

Thomas 6, UMaine-Farmington 0

Beavers blanked by Thomas, 6-0, in NAC tourney

BANGOR, Maine – Fourth-seeded Thomas College posted four runs in the first inning and held that lead the rest of the way to upend third-seeded University of Maine at Farmington, 6-0, in the two teams’ opening game of the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament, Friday afternoon at Husson University’s O’Keefe Field.

UMaine-Farmington will be facing elimination as it heads into its next game, a matchup with top-seeded Husson University on Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. Thomas will square off against Castleton State in Saturday’s 12:00 p.m. contest.

Thomas took advantage of five walks and two hits issued in the first inning by UMaine-Farmington starter Emily Soule, including three straight walks to open the game. Korrie Laren laced a one-out single through the right side to plate two runs, and Taylor Bergeron rapped a base hit into right field to bring home another run for a 3-0 Terrier lead.

Bergeron crossed later in the frame on a wild pitch, extending the Terrier lead to 4-0.

Thomas added two more runs in the fourth, on a hit batsman, a walk, and two UMaine-Farmington errors.

The Beavers got runners aboard in each of the first five innings, but were unable to push any runs across and finished the game with 10 base runners left stranded.

Sophomore Hannah Lust went 3-for-3 at the plate and freshman Alison Hamilton recorded a pair of hits for the Beavers, while Shelby Bryant, Amy Jones, and Jillian Withee had one hit apiece.

Soule allowed just five hits and fanned three Thomas batters, but yielded seven walks and four earned runs and was charged with the loss. Terrier starter Kelsey Crowe picked up the complete game shutout win, despite surrendering eight hits and two walks.


Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 6:05 am
by Tom Nolette

Husson 7, UMaine-Farmington 2

UMF softball’s tourney run ends with loss to Husson

BANGOR, Maine – Husson University brought the University of Maine at Farmington’s season to a close with a 7-2 over the Beavers, in Saturday morning’s game five of the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament at O’Keefe Field.

UMaine-Farmington closes the books on the 2014 campaign with a 14-14 overall record, the most wins for the Beaver softball program since an identical 14-14 mark in 2010.

Husson improves to 26-9, and advances to play Castleton State in game eight at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday

A three-run fourth inning vaulted the Eagles into a commanding 5-1 lead, breaking open what had been a one-run ball game. Sami Schultz belted a solo home run to left field to open the frame. Two outs later, Kayla Merrill singled up the middle and Allison Hill drew a walk to get runners aboard. Lyndsey Merrill and Breanna Martin each had RBI singles through the left side to plate the two runners.

Husson tacked on a single run in the fifth, when Jess Poulin reached on a single and crossed on Schultz’s double into left center. Another Eagle run scored in the sixth when Casey Lopes singled home Lyndsey Merrill, giving Husson a 7-1 lead.

UMaine-Farmington got one run back in the seventh, taking advantage of a leadoff single by sophomore Shelby Bryant. Bryant advanced to second when senior Amy Jones got aboard thanks to a fielding error by Husson at short. Another Eagle error allowed freshman Katie Clark to reach first safely, and Bryant came home to cut the margin to 7-2.

Husson pitcher Amanda Ryan retired the next two batters to get out of the inning and seal the win, with Farmington leaving two runners aboard.

The Eagles scored their first run in the first inning when Lyndsay Merrill doubled down the left field line, later scoring on a Farmington error that allowed Martin to reach with two outs.

Farmington knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the second. Hannah Lust stroked a single up the middle to open the frame, and was replaced by pinch runner Devin Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald advanced on singles by Kennadi Grover and Meryl Bond, loading up the bases with none out. Ryan struck out the next UMF batter, and induced Jillian Withee into a grounder to short that plated Fitzgerald.

Husson got that run back in the third on an RBI single by Martin, scoring Lyndsey Merrill.

Lust and Bond paced UMaine-Farmington offensively with two hits, while Clark had a triple in her only hit of the day.

UMF starter Emily Soule allowed five earned runs on 13 hits and one walk, falling to 7-6 on the season with the loss.

Ryan fanned six Beaver batters and yielded eight hits in the win.


Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:20 am
by Tom Nolette
Dirago chooses UMF

Dirago has been one of the Mountain Valley Conference's top hurlers during her career. She's helped put the Rebels in contention in Western C and has them ranked fourth this spring at 8-2. "When I started looking at UMF, I found out they were actually looking at me for softball," Dirago said. "Then I looked into the program and looked at the records. I'm really excited to go play for them. They have a really good program."...

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Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:39 am
by Tom Nolette
UMAINE-FARMINGTON SPORTS NEWS: Pratt stepping down as UMF head softball coach

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington head coach Cyndi Pratt will step away from her post as the Beavers’ head softball coach effective immediately, to focus on coaching the UMaine-Farmington field hockey team and her duties as a member of the department’s administrative team.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Julie Davis, UMaine-Farmington’s director of intercollegiate athletics. The formal search for a new head softball coach will begin immediately.

“Cyndi has done a fantastic job with our softball program in an increasingly competitive North Atlantic Conference, and I appreciate all she has invested with UMF softball over the past six seasons,” said Davis. “This transition with allow her to work with the field hockey team in the non-traditional spring segment as well as during the traditional fall season, and will also allow her to spend more time working with our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Moving forward, I believe this reorganization will ultimately benefit all of UMaine-Farmington’s student-athletes.”

Pratt guided the Beavers to the NAC Tournament in each of six seasons at the helm of UMF softball, reaching the championship game in 2011. She posted a 51-97 mark over her six seasons, with a high of 14 wins in both 2009 and 2014.

“It has been a privilege to coach this team for the past six years,” said Pratt. “These young women always gave me their best effort in every game and every practice, and I have loved every minute as their head coach. I know UMF softball has a great future ahead of it, and I look forward to being in the bleachers for every home game and being their loudest fan.”

Under Pratt’s tutelage, eight different UMaine-Farmington softball athletes earned All-NAC honors. McKell Barnes was named the NAC Player of the Year in 2009 as a sophomore – Pratt’s first year at the helm – while current sophomore Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) was tabbed as the conference’s Pitcher of the Year this past season.

The 2014 season will mark Pratt’s 11th as UMaine-Farmington’s head field hockey coach, with a record of 108-66 through her first 10 seasons. Pratt, the NAC’s 2006 Coach of the Year, guided the Beavers to conference titles in 2004, 2006, and 2007, with trips to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship in all three of those seasons.


Re: UMF Softball:

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:36 am
by Tom Nolette

Paul Rodrigue Named New Head Softball Coach

FARMINGTON, ME -- Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation, Julie Davis, is pleased to announce the hiring of new Head Softball Coach Paul Rodrigue.

Rodrigue takes over the helm of UMF Softball after former head coach, Jim Smith, resigned for personal reasons. “We were very fortunate to be able to bring in someone of Paul’s caliber to fill the head coach position at this time. He is most eager to get started and will hit the ground running so that to make the recruiting and season start-up as seamless as possible for the program,” said Davis.

Coach Rodrigue’s softball experience and success is extensive. Notably, he served the University of Southern Maine in 2010 as a pitching coach and assisted with the Black Bears in Orono during the 2009 season.

Rodrigue served at Thomas College as an assistant coach for two seasons before taking over as head coach in 2003, a role he served in for six seasons. In his first season, Rodrigue guided the Terriers to the 2003 Sunrise Conference Championship and was recognized as the Sunrise Conference Coach of the Year. The Terriers also won the North Atlantic Conference Championship in 2004 and were conference runners-up in 2006 under his leadership.

His high school coaching experience includes stints at Old Town, Mt. Blue, Cony, Gardiner, and St. Augustine. Throughout, Coach Rodrigue has remained active as a private pitching coach and volunteer for various top notch teams not affiliated with scholastic programs.

Coach Rodrigue was inducted into Kennebec Valley YMCA Hall of Fame in 2006, the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honor in 2005, and was a successful business owner for 30 years.