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UMF Softball 2015
UMF Softball Selected Third in Conference Preseason Poll

February 19, 2015

UMF Softball Selected Third in Conference Preseason Poll

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team was selected to finish third in the in the 2015 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) softball preseason poll.

Castleton earned the top spot with a total of 45 points, including four of the seven first-place votes. Husson, the 2014 champion, was voted second with 44 points and garnered the three remaining first-place votes, while the University of Maine at Farmington came in third with 28 points.



Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head softball coaches.

2015 Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll


Team

Points (First Place Votes)

1. Castleton 45 (4)
2. Husson 44 (3)
3. UMaine-Farmington 28
4. Thomas 27
5. New England College 23
6. Lyndon 21
7. Johnson State 8

UMaine-Farmington will look to senior Hannah Lust (designated hitter), juniors Meryl Boyd (catcher) and Shelby Bryant (outfielder), and sophomores Kennadi Grover (first base) and Katie Clark (infielder) to lead the 2015 squad. Top newcomers include pitcher Abby Burdin, infielder Margaret Fogarty, and outfielder Kiana Thompson. With a youthful approach to this season, UMF looks to build on the success of last year. UMF will play Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby, highlighting the non-conference section of the 2015 schedule.
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Re: UMF Softball 2015

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:13 am

Amy Jones '14 Named Interim Head Softball Coach

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation, Julie Davis, is pleased to announce Amy Jones as the next interim head softball coach.

Jones, a UMF graduate, enters the spring in her first collegiate coaching position after an outstanding athletic career in the program.

Jones became the first player in program history to earn North Atlantic Conference (NAC) First Team or Second Team honors all four years of her career. Jones was a First Team All-Conference as a senior and earned Second Team All-NAC honors in each of her first three seasons.

In tournament play, Jones made the All-Tournament team in her freshman and senior seasons.

Jones’ career on the UMF softball field registered several UMF records. She holds the all-time career record for at-bats with 378 and second on the list with 116 career starts and 97 runs scored. Jones’ 15 home runs and 78 runs batted are third on the list. A career .349 hitter, Jones ranks in the top 10 in doubles (30), total bases (213), and slugging percentage (.563).

A graduate of Cony High School, Jones was selected as a First Team All-State second baseman. In her junior year, she was named Second Team All-Conference and First Team All-Conference as a senior.

Jones graduated from UMaine-Farmington in 2014 with a degree in Community Health Education and minored in coaching. Amy also excelled in academics making the Dean’s list on multiple occasions. She was a leader in the program serving as captain for the softball team and contributed to the women’s soccer program her senior year for the Beavers.

“We are fortunate to have Amy step into this role on short notice,” said Davis. “We talk about teaching transferrable skills in sport, and Amy is embodying several of these skill with the team at this juncture. She has figuratively stepped up to the plate and is applying laser focus to the task at hand which is leading this team, making it a great experience and continuing to build on our strong tradition of success in this program.” Amy has solid support from the team, the assistant coaching staff, and the Athletics Department, including former head softball coach, Cyndi Pratt to make the transition smooth. “Team UMF Softball” is poised for good things this season and moving forward.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:06 am

Season Preview: UMF Softball

FARMINGTON, Maine -- Entering her first season at the helm of University of Maine at Farmington softball, head coach Amy Jones is seeking something the Beavers have not accomplished in a decade, a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.

A year removed from wearing maroon and white on the field, Jones brings a solid group of young players to the softball diamond. The Beavers will rely on six upperclassmen, including two seniors, in Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine) and Jennifer Gerrard (Wilmington, Mass.). Lust ranked fifth on the squad in 2014 with 14 RBI and slugged three doubles. Gerrard was one of four Beavers to record a perfect fielding percentage last season.

Behind the dish, Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) returns for her junior season and fellow junior Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine) will command the outfield. Bond finished third on the team with five doubles and clubbed one home run. Bryant led the team in at-bats and runs scored.

The UMF pitching staff will consist of two juniors in Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) and Emily Vitone (Westmister, Mass.). 2015 will mark the rookie season for Burdin and Vitone’s second season in a Beaver uniform.

The Beavers see their largest class in seven sophomores. Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) was one of UMF’s top freshmen last season after scoring 14 runs and hitting three round-trippers. Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) ranked third on the team with 86 at-bats and hit the leading mark with two triples. The heart of the pitching staff will come from Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.). Fowler pitched an astonishing eight complete games in nine starts in the circle.

Kristen Manzo (Millinocket, Maine) nearly matched Fowler with five complete games in six starts and recorded the second lowest earned run average on the team at 3.57. Alison Hamilton (Portsmouth, R.I.) batted .310 with three RBI and a pair of stolen bases in her first season. Natasha Deroche (Peru, Maine) will provide some depth to the UMF infield. Deroche scored 10 runs and drove in seven more in 16 games last season. Allison Crocker (Boothbay, Maine) will lace up her cleats for the first time in 2015 as a UMF softball player.

The Beavers welcome three incoming freshman to the team – Margaret Fogarty (Auburn, Maine), Courtney Richardson (Sangerville, Maine), and Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine).

UMF was picked third in the NAC in the preseason poll after a 14-14 overall record last season and 10-4 in conference play. The Beavers’ 14 overall wins and 10 conference wins marked the most wins in either category since the 2010 season.

The opening non-conference stretch of the season will send the Beavers to Gordon, Eastern Nazarene, and Fisher while hosting Colby, Bowdoin, and Bates in April. Conference play will start with the official home opener on April 8 versus Thomas.

UMaine-Farmington will open 2015 in unique style. The Beavers will play a pair of games on Saturday against UMaine-Presque Isle in the Mahaney Dome, located on the campus of the University of Maine.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:29 am

UMF Splits Doubleheader with UMPI; Fowler Nearly Pitches a No-Hitter

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team opened the season by splitting a doubleheader with the University of Maine at Presque Isle with a, 6-3, victory in the first game and losing, 8-3, in the second contest in non-conference action.

The games were played in the Mahaney Dome on the campus of the University of Maine.

The Beavers rallied in the first inning with four runs. Shelby Bryant (So. Portland, Maine) led off the inning with an infield single. Three batters later after Bryant stole second and Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) reached on an error, Bond stole second but UMPI tried to catch Bryant off guard at third. The throw sailed into left field and Bryant was able to trot home.

Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) hit a mishandled grounder to the shortstop, bringing Bond to the plate, and then Jennifer Garrard (Wilmington, Maine) followed with two-run home run to deep centerfield. UMF added to its lead in the second inning with two more runs. Bond drove home a run with a double and Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine) singled to right center, and then Bond scored the Beavers' final run of the game.

Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) pitched four hitless innings before surrendering a single in the top of the fifth inning. Fowler pitched a complete game with six strikeouts and did not give up an earned run.

In game two, the Owls came out swinging and putting the ball in play with quality line drives. The Beavers surrendered three unearned runs in the top of the first but managed to get one back in their own turn at-bat. With the bases loaded, Lust grounded into a tag-them-out, throw-them-out double play but Bryant was able to score easily.

The Owls rolled with their momentum in the second inning with four more runs. A pair of singles, a double, and a fielding error allowed UMPI to take control of the game.

UMF got a run back in the in the bottom of the second and fourth inning but could not get any more offensive production.

Kristen Manzo (Millinocket, Maine) started on the mound for UMF and gave up two earned runs in three nearly two innings. In relief, Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) struck out two batters and surrendered one run in her collegiate debut after pitching 4 1/3 solid innings.

UMaine-Farmington starts a six game non-conference road trip on Monday, March 30. The Beavers will play a doubleheader at Gordon College starting at 3:00 p.m.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:11 am

UMF’s Jones goes from player to head coach in 10 months
Former Cony standout will lead softball team this spring

Big deal, you might say, and maybe it isn’t. After all, which coach strives to be negative? What is a big deal is that Jones is in charge of her own program. An Augusta native and Cony High School grad, Jones was UMF’s third baseman last season. She finished her playing career 10 months ago and graduated in December. Jones’ official title is interim head coach. She was hired after a period of, shall we say, fluidity during the offseason, beginning with the resignation of longtime coach Cyndi Pratt. “Our assistant coach from last year was the head coach, and then he had to resign,” said Maine Central Institute grad Courtney Fowler, the Beavers’ No. 1 pitcher this season. “Then we got a new coach, who I don’t think anyone met. Then we found out that Amy was the head coach. So it’s a lot of transition, but Amy’s done a good job.”...

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:38 am

Former UM-Farmington softball standout, 23, lands dream job

... Right after learning she had the job, Jones contacted as many coaches as she could and picked their brains.

“The biggest thing I learned from them was to be myself, know my coaching philosophy and stick with it,” she said. “If you believe in yourself, the players will learn to believe in you as well.”

UMF senior first baseman-designated hitter Hannah Lust of Bangor, one of the UMF captains, said it was a little strange at first but that Jones has done an impressive job.

“She has brought some new ideas and she is willing to try different things, which is good,” said Lust, who added that the players respect and trust Jones. Her leadership and competitive nature as a captain had already earned her high marks, according to...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:09 am

Eagles No-Hit Beavers in First Game of Doubleheader; Sweep the Afternoon

BANGOR, Maine – Husson University softball team used two pitchers to combine for a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader with an, 8-0, win over the University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday afternoon at Boucher Field.

Husson hurler Kayla Merrill (Bethel, Maine) pitched five innings and struck out nine UMF hitters. Alannah Healy (Brockton, Mass.) dealt an inning of relief with a strikeout of her own.

In the bottom of the first, Husson produced the game’s first run with an RBI single from Deb Colpitts (Naples, Maine). The rally started with a leadoff single followed by a hit-by-pitch. After an infield single, Colpitts slapped her blooper into left field to manufacture the run.

Husson hit two home runs for four runs in the fourth inning. Sami Schultz (Hermon, Maine) powered a two-run homer to increase the Husson lead to, 3-0. Allie Hill (Calaise, Maine) lifted a deep fly ball to dead center field and the wind carried the bomb over the fence for the Eagles’ second two-run shot of the inning.

Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) pitched a complete game for the Beavers with one strikeout while giving up 12 hits.

In game two, the Eagles completed the doubleheader sweep with an, 11-3, win over the Beavers.

The Beavers jumped on the count early and plated two first inning runs. Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine) led off the game with a walk and stole second one pitch later. Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) was able to get the Beavers on the board with an RBI groundout. Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) followed with a double to right center field that burnt the Eagles outfield.

Husson was able to get one back in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Merrill.

In the third, Grover recorded her second RBI of the game with a seeing-eye-single up the middle that plated Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine) from second.

Husson exploded with seven runs in the bottom of the third inning and added three more in the fourth inning.

Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) made her collegiate debut on the mound for the Beavers. Vitone pitched three innings while only giving up four earned runs and stuck out one Eagle batter.

UMaine-Farmington returns to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader at the University of New England.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:39 am

UNE Steals Doubleheader Away From UMF

BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (1-5, 0-2) rallied in its final at-bat, but fell, 5-4, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader with the University of New England on Thursday afternoon, with the Nor’easters eventually sweeping the series at Claude Dubois Field.

Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine) helped the Beavers get the ball rolling with a leadoff double and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) drove Bryant home with a sacrifice bunt of her own.

Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) led off the second inning with a single down the right field line and was aggressive on the base paths. Clark advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt on the next play. Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine) gave the Beavers a, 2-0, lead with an RBI groundout.

UNE powered together a two-out scoring spree to even the score in the third inning. The Nor’easters' offense came alive with three straight hits, including a triple and a double. UNE added two more in the fifth inning with a two-run double.

The Beavers put together a rally of their own to tie the game when the team was down to their last out. Bryant singled to the right side to bring UMF within a run, and then moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine) came through in the clutch with a single up the middle to even the score at, 4-4.

UNE claimed the victory with a walk-off single in the bottom of the frame.

Bryant and Bond each had a solid first game at the plate with a pair of hits and drove in a run. Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) started on the mount and pitched six solid innings with a strikeout and two earned runs.

The night cap of the doubleheader was a different story for the Beavers, falling, 6-1. The Beavers only manufactured one run which came in the first

inning. Clark doubled to the right center gap and then Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) lined a single up the middle for the score.

Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) got the start in game two and pitched 5 1/3 innings, and struck out one UNE batter.

UMaine-Farmington faces conference rival Thomas College for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:00 am

Lyndon Takes a Pair From UMF

HENNIKER, N.H. – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team (1-7, 0-2) was overcome by Lyndon State College in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Sunday with an, 8-0, loss in game one and falling, 14-2, in the second game.

The Beavers could only put together three hits as a team from Shelby Bryant (So. Portland, Maine), Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine), and Alison Hamilton (Portsmouth, R.I) in round of the day series.

Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) started in the circle and pitched 2 1/3 innings with a strike out. Emily Vitone (Westminster, Maine) came on to finish the game in relief and struck out three hitters and surrendered three hits.

Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine) slapped a two-run single in game two for the Beavers in the first inning. Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice and Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) singled to left center, then Bond and Clark moved into scoring position with an error by the left fielder.

The Beavers took their, 2-0, lead into the bottom of the frame but the Hornets quickly washed it away with a ten-run inning.

Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) got the nod in the second game with Vitone and Kristen Manzo coming after 1 1/3 to relieve Fowler.

UMaine-Farmington hosts Thomas College on Monday with a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:37 am

UMF's Comeback Efforts Fall Short in Johnson Doubleheader

HENNIKER, N.H. – A resilient University of Maine at Farmington softball team (1-9, 0-4) could not overcome early game deficits with losses of, 5-1, and 10-7, on Sunday in a doubleheader with Johnson State College.

Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) had two hits and scored a run in the opening game of the day. After Johnson crushed a two-run home run in the first inning, the Beavers got on back in the fourth inning. Clark powered a triple and later scored when the ball was thrown out-of-play on the relay.

Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) pitched a complete game and struck out three Badgers.

In game two, the Beavers fell behind early but climbed back into the game in the late innings.

After getting on the board with an RBI groundout from Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine), the Badgers put an eight spot in the bottom of the frame.

In the fourth, Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) drove in Clark from second after Clark led off the inning with a single.

The Beavers answered back with two runs in the fifth. Shelby Bryant led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on the next play on an infield ground out. Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) stepped up, slapped an RBI single to left field and then advanced to second on an error. Two batters later, Lust hit a single of her own to plate Bond from second, edging the Beavers closer, 8-4.

Johnson stole two runs back from UMF in the fifth for the, 10-4, advantage. UMF did not walk away quietly as the Beavers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning. A two-out rally started with a Lust single, then Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine) followed with an RBI double. Grover grabbed her second hit of the contest with a two-run single, apart of her three runs batted in during game two.

Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered two hits while striking out one batter. Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) pitched nearly three innings of relief and also recorded a strikeout.

UMaine-Farmington hosts Thomas on Monday with a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.
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