Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:46 am

UMF Splits Doubleheader with Thomas; Vitone Tosses Near No-No's

LEWISTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (2-10, 1-5) split a doubleheader with Thomas College on Monday afternoon at Lafayette Street Field. The conference showdown saw Thomas come away with a, 2-1 victory in the first game and UMF winning the second game, 8-0.

The Beavers took the lead in their first at-bat with an RBI single from Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine). Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine) led off the inning with a single to left field, but an error by the center fielder allowed Bryant to trot all the way to third. On the next play, Bond blooped a pop fly in between the charging right fielder and second baseman for the game’s first run.

UMF’s lead stood strong until the fourth inning when the Terriers were able to even things up at one-apiece. With two runners in scoring position, Jordan Agger-Barnes (Wells, Maine) lined a single up the middle for the RBI.

Thomas scored the difference maker in the top of the six. After Briana Warren (Smithfield, Maine) doubled down the right field line, Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass.) launched a shot that hit off the top of the wall and came back into the play for the RBI double.

The Beavers’ offense came alive in the second game and tallied three runs in the second inning. UMF racked up four straight singles to grab a, 2-0 advantage, including three RBI singles from Bryant, Bond, and Katie Clark. (Westbrook, Maine).

The score remained the same until the fifth inning when Farmington put up five more runs on the scoreboard. Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) roped an RBI single through the right side and then Margaret Fogarty (Auburn, Maine) followed with an RBI single of her own. After Grover scored on an error by the second baseman, Alison Hamilton (Portsmouth, R.I) laid down a bunt and legged it out for the single to load the bases. Bryant walked to bring in another run and then Bond recorded a bunt single for the game’s final run.

Bond was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and Grover had a solid game with three hits.

Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) pitched two complete games tonight and took a no-hitter into the fourth inning in each game. Vitone combined to strike out three Terriers and two runs on seven hits.

UMaine-Farmington plays a doubleheader at Husson on Wednesday starting at 3:00 p.m.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:30 am

Offense Comes Alive for Beavers in UMPI Sweep

FARMINGTON, Maine – After splitting a doubleheader to begin the season, the University of Maine at Farmington softball team (4-14) swept a doubleheader against the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers offense came alive in the first game and won, 8-0, and, 7-1, in the nightcap.

UMF tacked on three runs in the second inning on three hits while forcing the UMPI defense to commit and error. Alison Hamilton (Portsmouth, R.I) smacked an RBI single and then after Shelby Bryant (So. Portland, Maine) ripped a single of her own, Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) drove both runners home with a two-run double that found the gap in right center.

Bryant and Bond teamed up again in the fourth as the Beavers added another three-spot on the scoreboard. Bryant hit an RBI single to center field and then moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Bond muscled her second double of the game and then Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) hit a single up the middle to plate Bond.

The Beavers ended the game in the sixth inning with a pair of RBI singles from Bryant and Clark.

Bryant had a strong game at the plate by hitting 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Bond followed up Bryant with two hits and drove in two more runs.

Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) picked up the win with a complete game three-hitter and struck out six UMPI hitters.

The offense kept rolling in game two by charting a run in every inning except for the second. In the first inning, aggressive base running paid off for UMF as Bond scored on a wild pitch.

Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine) stepped up and slapped a single in the third inning to double the Beavers’ lead.

After UMPI scored a run in the top of the fourth, Farmington answered back with a pair of RBI singles to center field by Hamilton and Clark.

In the fifth, Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) bumped UMF’s advantage to, 6-1, with an RBI single to left field and Clark tacked on the Beavers’ final run in the sixth with an RBI groundout.

Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) also pitched a complete game three-hitter with five strikeouts and allowed one run.

UMaine-Farmington hits the road on Sunday for a doubleheader at Bowdoin.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:06 am

USM Takes Non-Conference Doubleheader from UMF

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team (4-18) were searching for a key hit on Thursday, but the University of Southern Maine was able to steal both games of a non-conference doubleheader at Towers Field. USM held on for a, 1-0, in round one and then silenced UMF in round two, 9-0.

The Beavers had a runner in scoring position in the third inning when Alison Hamilton (Portsmouth, R.I.) lined a single into left field. The subtle rally ended with a ground out to the shortstop.

After the Huskies claimed the one run in the fourth inning, UMF tried to tie the game in the last inning. Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine) led off with a single to right field. After a sacrifice bunt and a ground out, the Beavers needed a clutch two-out hit to tie the game but could not get one to fall as a fly out to right field ended the game.

Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) pitched a complete game with one strikeout and surrendered one earned run.

Farmington was held in check in the second game with only two hits. Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) singled through the left side in the first inning and Lust launched a single to right center, but the Beavers could not scrap enough hits together to produce a run.

UMaine-Farmington returns to conference action with a doubleheader on Friday against New England College. The first game is set for 3:00 p.m. at Prescott Field.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:17 pm

NEC Overtakes UMF in Late Innings for Doubleheader Sweep

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team (4-20, 1-9) showed a lot of heart on Friday afternoon by coming back twice in a doubleheader with New England College, but the Pilgrims took the lead late in the game for the sweep. NEC scored three runs in each contest and took game one, 3-2, and then, 3-1, in the nightcap.

New England College produced a run in their first at-bat with an RBI single but Farmington answered right back in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs. Meryl

Bond (Jefferson, Maine) launched a triple off the center field wall and later came home to score on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) drove home UMF’s second run of the inning with an infield ground out.

Starter Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) battled out of some tight jams in the late innings but the Pilgrims caused some serious trouble in the top of the seventh.

The Pilgrims managed to get a pair of runs on two hits to overtake UMF.

The two squads scored in each of their first trips to the plate again in the second game. After NEC got a run on a sacrifice fly, Bond drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first and came around to score when Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) roped a triple to left field.

NEC manufactured a run in the third inning and then added an insurance run in the fifth for the two-run victory.

Clark was 2-for-5 on the afternoon with a run scored and one RBI. Vitone pitched two complete games with three combined strikeouts in the twinbill outing.

UMaine-Farmington hosts Castleton State on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. for a doubleheader at Prescott Field.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:48 am

Bond Drives in the Game-Winning Run in Castleton Doubleheader Split

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington (5-21, 2-10) junior Meryl Bond(Jefferson, Maine) produced a pair of hits to break up a perfect game and drive home the eventual game-winning run in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader split with Castleton State College (17-10, 8-2). The Spartans silenced UMF in game one, 11-0, but the Beavers bounced back in the second game and held on for the, 1-0, win.

Castleton starter Kayla Wood (Dummerston, Vt.) was in line for a perfect game until Bond had other plans in the fourth inning. Bond lined Wood's pitch back up the middle for UMF's lone hit of the contest.

Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) threw her eighth complete game of the season with a strike out and scattered five earned runs over 11 hits.

Bond was the hero in the second game with an RBI single to left field in the fifth inning. Alison Hamilton (Portsmouth, R.I.) started the inning off with an infield single and then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Bond stepped to the plate and drove in the decisive run with one out.

The Spartans pushed UMF starter Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) with a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning. With one out, Sami Carlo (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) lined a grounder to Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine) at the hot corner and DeRoche threw home for the force out. Fowler got out of the jam by getting the next batter to line out to Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) at shortstop.

Fowler pitched a complete game shutout with four strikeouts, issued three walks, and allowed five hits.

UMaine-Farmington wraps up the regular season with a doubleheader with Bates College on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Castleton will conclude the regular season on Tuesday at Johnson State.

Note: Game one box score is in the process of being corrected to one team hit for UMF
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:03 am

Lust Rounds Out UMF Career with a Strong Day at the Plate

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington senior Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine) had four hits in her final day in a Beavers uniform on Sunday afternoon. Bates College took both games of a non-conference doubleheader at Prescott Field with a, 6-3, win in the first game and, 13-3, in the second game.

Behind 1-0 after one inning, the Beavers rallied for two runs in the second inning. Lust crushed an RBI triple that drove home fellow senior Jennifer Garrard (Wilmington, Mass.), and then Margaret Fogarty (Auburn, Maine) drove Lust in with an RBI groundout.

Bates scored a pair of runs in the third and the fourth innings and took a, 5-1, lead. UMF bounced back with a run in the bottom of the fourth but could not generate enough offense to force pressure on the Bobcats’ pitching staff.

Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) finished the season with her best outing yet. The junior pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and only allowed one earned run.

Bates came alive in the second game by scoring in every inning except for the fourth and fifth inning. Farmington managed to cut into the lead in the third inning with three runs. Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine) ripped a two-run single to left field and then two batters later, Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) lifted a sacrifice fly to center field.

Thompson wraps her rookie campaign with nine stolen bases which was tied for second in the North Atlantic Conference this season. Bond finished tied for ninth in the NAC with seven doubles and shared a piece of the lead in throwing out runners trying to steal. Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) pitched eight complete games to lead the team.

UMaine-Farmington concludes the season with a 5-23 record and 2-10 in conference play.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 05, 2015 12:27 pm

BOND EARNS A SPOT ON THE ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) named junior Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) as a Second Team All-Conference selection on Tuesday.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

Bond led the team in hits (23), doubles (7), extra base hits (8), total bases (32), and shared the lead in RBIs (11). Behind the plate, the junior was force to be reckoned with by throwing out seven base stealers, which ranked second most among qualified catchers. In conference play, she landed a top five spot by allowing only eight stolen bases.

Opposing pitchers had a hard time keeping Bond off the base paths as she had five multi-hit games and a four-game hitting streak on two separate occasions. Bond had a strong day on April 18 in a doubleheader sweep over UMaine-Presque Isle. She was 3-for-7 with a pair of runs scored RBIs. Bond crushed two doubles in the first game of the twin bill.

As the dish commander and calling the shots, Bond guided the UMF pitching staff to 14 complete games.

Since joining the North Atlantic Conference in 2003, UMaine-Farmington has landed at least one player on the All-Conference Team.

2015 Softball All-Conference Teams


First Team
C - Casey Lopes, Sophomore, Husson
SS - Jessica Babcock, Junior, Castleton
3B - Brittany Brayman, Junior, Castleton
SS - Lyndsay Merrill, Junior, Husson
OF - Deb Colpitts, Senior, Husson
OF/SS- Alyssa Eugley, Senior, Thomas
OF - Kiley Williams, Junior, New England College
P - Kayla Merrill, Senior, Husson
P - Kayla Wood, Sophomore, Castleton

Second Team
2B - Nicole Andrade, Sophomore, Husson
SS - Anna Bingham, Sophomore, Johnson State
C - Meryl Bond, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
OF - Shawnie Clark, Freshman, New England College
2B - Dakota Crane, Sophomore, Lyndon
2B - Kayla Daigle, Senior, Castleton
1B - Katie Gagne, Sophomore, Castleton
P/SS - Sonja Morse, Sophomore, Thomas
P - Andrea Williams, Junior, Johnson State
Player & Pitcher of the Year - Kayla Merrill, Husson
Rookie of the Year - Shawnie Clark, New England College
Coach of the Year - Eric Ramey, Castleton
Team Sportsmanship - Johnson State
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Crunch » Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:11 am

For 2016 - new coach with past record of success, Florida trip. What else? Any new players to watch? Returning player outlooks? Pitching?
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