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Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:37 am

Colby edges Nor'easters on the diamond, 3-2

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Colby College took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the 6th and finished off a 3-2 victory over the University of New England in softball action Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 1) at Claude Dubois Field.

Julie Saul went the distance to get the win for the Mules (4-7), scattering four hits and three walks while striking out five.

Abby Lambert took the setback for the Nor'easters (7-8), surrendering one earned run over six innings on five hits and two walks.

UNE jumped in front right out of the gate, as Sydney Helmbrecht led off with a single up the middle, stole second and third base, and scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Colby leveled things at 1-1 in the last half of the 1st, when Emily Schatz laced a one-out double to the left field fence to score Meaghan Lewia, who began the inning with an infield single.

The score remained tied through the next four frames, despite both sides getting a runner to third base along the way. The Nor'easters then had runners at the corners in the top of the 6th after a two-out infield single by Kelly Murphy, but could not take the lead.

Tori Sansone -- who had a pair of singles in the contest -- reached with a one-out walk for the Mules in the 6th, before back-to-back errors on sacrifice bunts allowed Sansone to plate the go-ahead run for Colby. The next batter, Katherine Zafirson, lofted a sacrifice fly to right to up the margin to 3-1.

UNE made things interesting in the 7th, as Cat Ouellette guided a one-out triple into the right-center gap and scored on the ensuing groundout to make it 3-2. Saul, however, got the next hitter to flyout to right to end the game.

Colby, which was originally scheduled to host the match on Tuesday, served as the home team.

The Mules are scheduled to entertain a three-game weekend series with Trinity College (Conn.) beginning on Friday (4 p.m.).

UNE returns to the diamond on Thursday (3 p.m.) for a doubleheader against UMaine Farmington.


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Re: Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:01 am

LaRosa, Duggan fuel Curry in sweep of UNE

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Ariel LaRosa and Kelly Duggan combined to drive in 11 runs as Curry College claimed both games of a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) softball doubleheader against the University of New England on Saturday (Apr. 18) at Claude Dubois Field. The Colonels took the opener in five innings, 10-1, and finished with a 6-1 decision.

Curry improves to 10-13 (7-7 CCC) on the year, while the Nor'easters drop to 16-15 (8-6 CCC).

April Adams led the visitors with five hits on the day, including a 4-for-4 performance in the seconds contest. Both LaRosa (5 RBI) and Duggan (6 RBI) posted multiple-hit outings over the course of the twinbill, featuring one home run apiece. Taylor Ahearn went the distance (12 innings) in the circle, registering nine strikeouts against two walks and scattering 12 hits that amounted to two earned runs.

For UNE, Abby Lambert, Cat Ouellette, and Mollie Bartles recorded hits in each match.

Curry began fast in GAME 1, plating three runs with two gone in the top of the 1st. Duggan knocked in a pair with a double to center and scored on a single up the middle by Kevi Oatway.

A hit-by-pitch, bunt single, and single into shallow left-center loaded the bases for the Colonels in the 2nd, before a strikeout and popout set the stage for LaRosa to crush a grand slam over the fence in left-center. Duggan followed with another double, but was stranded in a 7-0 lead.

The Nor'easters got on the board in the 3rd as Ouellette singled through the left side to start the inning, then stole second base with two outs, and came around to score on a single through the right side by Amanda Vallante.

There was a runner on second and one away in the Curry 5th when Jessica Saluti put an RBI-double into the left-center gap for her second hit. The second out and a walk preceded the second double of the game for Mikayla Lambert, which this time drove in two.

LaRosa and Saluti each scored twice for the Colonels. Ahearn leveled off her personal ledger at 6-6 with the five-inning win.

Sara Pelkey took the loss for UNE in two innings of work, and Katelyn Austin notched five strikeouts in relief. Lambert totaled a team-best two hits.

Curry left two runners in scoring position in the top of the 2nd in GAME 2, and Big Blue pushed one across in the bottom of the frame to take the early advantage. Lambert and Bartles had back-to-back one-out singles, and a walk that included a throwing error on ball-four allowed the hosts to score.

The Colonels responded in the their next at-bat with three runs. Adams started things with a single through the right side, and three consecutive walks moved her around to even the contest at 1-1. LaRosa and Duggan followed with flyouts, each deep enough for one runner to tag and set the margin at 3-1.

LaRosa and Duggan both tallied their first hits of the game with two down in the 5th, and Curry left two aboard again in the 6th as UNE continued to keep the deficit at two. Then with none out in the 7th, Duggan followed an error and a single from LaRosa with a homer of her own to pad the cushion (6-1).

In addition to the four hits for Adams, Caitlin Blanchard contributed two hits for the Colonels, and Ahearn fanned five to go to 7-6.

UNE got a nine-strikeout effort from Lambert in the circle. Ouellette had a squad-high two hits.

On Sunday the teams will conclude their conference schedules, as Curry is slated to entertain Salve Regina University (9-3 CCC) and the Nor'easters will visit Endicott College (9-2 CCC).
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Re: Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:13 am

Nor'easters, Bobcats win one game apiece

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England defeated Bates College, 9-7, in the nightcap of a softball doubleheader Thursday afternoon (Apr. 23) at Claude Dubois Field, after the Bobcats edged the Nor'easters in the opener, 5-4.

UNE (17-18) totaled 20 hits in the games, including a pair of two-hit outings by Kelly Murphy and base knocks in both contests by Adrienne Chase and Cat Ouellette. Sara Pelkey earned the victory for Big Blue.

Bates (7-19) also amassed 20 hits during the twinbill, led by Kelsey Freedman and Maddie Inlow with five each. Kira Shaikh and Karen Lockhart combined for another six hits. Freedman picked up the positive decision in the initial match.

The Bobcats carried the momentum from early on into GAME 2, and a one-out single to left by Inlow established a 2-0 lead.

The Nor'easters answered right back in the bottom of the 1st, as Abby Lambert put a one-out single into center to tie things at 2-all. A wild pitch then slide the hosts in front.

After Pelkey worked a 1-2-3 inning, UNE piled on three more runs in the 2nd. With one away, Sydney Helmbrecht, Chase, and Murphy recorded consecutive RBI-singles to increase the cushion.

A sacrifice fly by Helmbrecht in the 3rd bumped the gap to five (7-2), and that spread held until the top of the 6th, when Bates took advantage of an outfield error to get one back.

Helmbrecht's third single was followed in the 6th by the only extra-base hit of the game, a ground-rule double to right-center off the bat of Chase. Murphy drove in one with the first out of the frame and Lambert came through with another RBI-single to center to make it 9-3. The Nor'easters moved two more runners into scoring position with still just one down, but could not pad the advantage.

Two outs from a comfortable result in the top of the 7th, the Bobcats logged three straight singles and capitalized on an error to get two runs closer (9-5). Another error and it was 9-6, before Inlow posted her third hit of the game for a third RBI, cutting the deficit to two. UNE, however, managed to end the threat by putting away grounders from the next two batters.

Helmbrecht (3), Ouellette, and Jessica Diaz combined to account for seven of Big Blue's runs. Pelkey improves to 5-3 behind a pair of strikeouts and no walks, and surrendering five earned runs.

Freedman and Shaikh each scored twice for the visitors. Brenna Callahan struck out four in the loss.

In GAME 1, it was Freedman that gave Bates an early 1-0 lead with a one-out solo shot over the left field fence. Shaikh followed with a triple to right-center, but UNE starter Katelyn Austin fanned the next two to prevent any further damage.

Ouellette led-off the bottom of the 1st with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice, and scored when Amanda Vallante registered the first of her two hits, guiding a single just inside the line in shallow left field. A two-out RBI-triple to left by Murphy gave the Nor'easters a 2-1 cushion.

The difference remained until the top of the 6th, when the Bobcats plated three to move ahead. Inlow pulled a one-out RBI-single through the left side, and a squeeze bunt by Callahan netted another run. Two batters later, Paige Ahlholm doubled into the left-center gap to make it 4-2 and leave a pair in scoring position, but Bates failed to push any additional runs across.

UNE trimmed the margin in half (4-3) in the bottom of the stanza, after two one-out singles and back-to-back walks with two down. Freedman, working from the circle, got out of the bases-loaded jam by catching the ensuing batter looking at strike three.

Freedman helped her own cause again in the 7th, notching her third hit and coming around to score on another RBI-single by Inlow.

Facing a 5-3 deficit in their final at-bat, Ouellette started things with a lined double into left-center. A groundout and the throw of a dropped third strike allowed Ouellette to tally UNE's fourth run, but that was all the home side could generate.

Freedman whiffed eight to up her individual mark to 5-9.

For the Nor'easters, Austin worked the initial 4.0 innings, walking none and conceding just one other hit besides the two in the opening frame. Lauren Doneski was tagged with the setback, giving up three earned runs the rest of the way.

Bates returns to Lewiston for the first of a three-game series with Trinity College (Conn.) on Friday.

UNE will be back on the diamond on Saturday, hosting an opening-round contest in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship. Big Blue's opponent will be determined on Friday.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:28 am

Lambert, UNE advance past Nichols with 5-2 win

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Abby Lambert fanned nine against just three hits and a walk as No. 6 University of New England topped No. 7 Nichols College, 5-2, in the opening round (Game 2) of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Championship on Saturday afternoon (Apr. 25) at Claude Dubois Field.

The Nor'easters (18-18) now move into the double elimination phase of the tournament and will face No. 3 Endicott College in Game 4 of the event on Monday (2:30 p.m.) at Salve Regina University.

The Bison wrap up the year with an overall mark of 11-18.

After Nichols stranded a pair in the top of the 1st, UNE got on the board when Cat Ouellette hit a lead-off single into left field, was sacrificed over to second, proceeded to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball.

Lambert (CCC 2nd Team) put down the next six and the Nor'easters threatened to extend the cushion by loading the bases with two away in the bottom of the 3rd, but the hosts could not capitalize.

NC got the first two batters on in the 4th, and Meghan Sears soon plated both with a one-out single to center, giving the Bison a 2-1 edge.

Big Blue bounced right back in the last half of the inning behind three hits and a pair of infield errors. Paige Moore-Haskell laced a one-out double into the gap in right-center to drive in Lambert (lead-off single) and tie the game. Sydney Helmbrecht (CCC 2nd Team) then guided a two-out single into center, knocking in Jessica Diaz and Moore-Haskell for a 4-2 margin. Helmbrecht motored home from second base on the next play -- a wide throw to first base on a grounder.

That was all the offense Lambert needed in the circle, as she retired the final 11 batters to even her personal ledger at 7-7.

Moore-Haskell and Adrienne Chase (CCC 2nd Team) each had two hits for UNE.

For Nichols, Kasey Ayer recorded two of her team's three hits, including a double to the wall in center in the 1st frame. Haley Fountain took the loss, surrendering two earned runs in 3.2 innings of work.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:08 pm

Nor'easters hang on to defeat Endicott, 3-1

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Sixth-seeded University of New England scored a run in the 4th and two more in the 5th before holding off No. 3 Endicott College for a 3-1 victory in the double elimination phase (Game 4 of 13) of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Championship on Monday afternoon (Apr. 27) at Toppa Field hosted by Salve Regina University.

The Nor'easters (19-18), who ended a six-game skid to the Gulls (15-18) with the decision, advance to immediately face the No. 2 Seahawks (Game 6, 4:40 p.m.).

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For the second time in three days, Abby Lambert (CCC 2nd Team) matched her career-high with nine strikeouts to improve her individual mark to 8-7 in the UNE circle. She scattered seven hits and walked two.

After Big Blue put its first two batters on and a line-out double-play negated the threat, Endicott gained the edge in the bottom of the 1st on a two-out double to left-center by Julia McNeill (CCC 2nd Team) that plated Jamie Corda (CCC 1st Team).

UNE pulled even in the 4th, as Amanda Vallante (CCC 1st Team) started with a lead-off single to left, and two outs moved her over to third. When Lambert earned a free pass, she then took a sizeable lead off first and drew a throw from the catcher, and the ensuing rundown allowed Vallante to touch home before the tag was applied.

Mollie Bartles began the Big Blue 5th with a single through the left side, and following a sacrifice, Paige Moore-Haskell put runners at the corners with a bunt single. Cat Ouellette pushed the Nor'easters ahead with a single into shallow left-center, and a throwing error on what would have been the third out made it possible for Moore-Haskell to come in for a 3-1 cushion.

The Gulls had runners at first and second with no outs in the last half of the 5th, but a foul-out, flyout, and strikeout held back EC from chipping away at the deficit.

Endicott's last chance in the 7th saw a pair of one-out singles and a two-out walk to load the bases for McNeill, but a groundout to the shortstop clinched the win for UNE.

Of Big Blue's seven hits, Ouellette and Moore-Haskell each had two.

Three players -- McNeill, Casie Beauchemin, and Chrissy Gikas -- totaled two hits apiece for the Gulls. Courtney Blake (CCC 1st Team) surrendered two earned runs in dropping to 13-4 on the year.

Endicott plays No. 4 Curry College in an elimination contest on Thursday.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:09 pm

Big Blue tallies four in 8th to knock off Seahawks

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Adrienne Chase (CCC 2nd Team) and Abby Lambert (CCC 2nd Team) both produced two-RBI hits in the top of the 8th as No. 6 University of New England turned in a 6-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 2 Salve Regina University as the double elimination phase (Game 6 of 13) of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Championship continued Monday (Apr. 27) at Toppa Field.

Still without a setback in the tournament, the Nor'easters (20-18) will now meet No. 1 Western New England University in Thursday's Game 9 (last two unbeaten teams). The contest will follow another that starts at 2:30 p.m., so first pitch is slated for approximately 4:30 p.m.

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Deadlocked at 2-2 heading into extra innings, Paige Moore-Haskell started the UNE frame with a single to center. After the first out, Sydney Helmbrecht (CCC 2nd Team) singled up the middle and Amanda Vallante (CCC 1st Team) walked to fill the bases. Chase then notched her second hit of the game, pulling a double down the line in left to score a pair. Lambert, who pitched Big Blue to victory earlier in the afternoon against Endicott College, came up next and guided a single into right-center that brought in two more and posted the four-run margin.

The Seahawks (20-19) received a one-out single and then a two-out single with hope of responding in the bottom of the 8th, but a soft liner to UNE pitcher Katelyn Austin in the circle ended things.

Austin fanned three while allowing nine hits and a walk as she upped her personal ledger to 7-5.

Her counterpart on the other side, SRU's Nicole Parry (CCC 2nd Team), struck out four against 10 hits and a walk as her individual mark fell to 11-9.

The two hurlers worked scoreless through four innings, though both sides had chances early on.

The Nor'easters had the first glimpse at a lead in the top of the 2nd, but Seahawks left fielder Skye Hart threw out Chase (lead-off single) at the plate as she attempted to score from second base.

Salve threatened in the 3rd when Hart bounced a one-out double over the outfield fence in right, took third on a wild pitch, and then Francesca Galeazzi (CCC Rookie of the Year/2nd Team) walked and stole second. But Austin battled through a nine-pitch at-bat against Nikki Bukovsky (CCC 1st Team) to induce a popout and got the same result from the next batter to elude the danger.

After back-to-back, two-out singles in the 4th netted nothing for the Seahawks, the hosts broke through in the 5th as Hart sent a lead-off home run to center. Galeazzi's first of two hits (infield single) on the day followed, before she took second on the play, later stole third, and made it 2-0 when Bukovsky flew out to center.

UNE answered right back in the 6th stanza, as a one-out double to left-center by Cat Ouellette plated Moore-Haskell all the way from first base. Big Blue tied it up with two down, when Vallante sliced a double into the left field corner and Ouellette came around to score.

Both squads put the first batter aboard in the 7th, and SRU managed to establish first and second with one away, but neither team could finish it in regulation.

While Chase was the only UNE player with multiple hits, Lindsay DelGrego joined Hart and Galeazzi in reaching the same standard for Salve Regina.

Austin and the Big Blue defense limited Bukovsky and fellow first team all-conference performer from Salve, Genevieve Benoit (CCC Player of the Year), to a combined eight empty plate appearances.

The Seahawks get No. 5 Roger Williams University in an elimination game on Thursday.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 10:43 am

Zambrano deals Western New England into finals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Lauren Zambrano (CCC Pitcher of the Year/1st Team) struck out nine while allowing two hits and three walks to lead No. 1 Western New England University past No. 6 University of New England, 3-0, as the double elimination phase (Game 9 of 13) of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Championship continued Thursday evening (Apr. 30) at Golden Bear Park.

Yet to lose in the tournament, the Golden Bears (28-7) move into Saturday's final round (Game 12, 1 p.m.). WNE will draw the winner of the 11 a.m. elimination contest (Game 11) between the Nor'easters and No. 3 Endicott College (which posted two wins on Thursday; 3-2 over No. 4 Curry, and a 5-4 [9 innings] come-from-behind triumph over No. 6 Roger Williams).

UNE, which slips back to 20-19 on the year, defeated the Gulls by a 3-1 margin in Game 4 of the championship earlier in the week.

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After the second batter of the day for Big Blue singled into right-center, Zambrano worked through the next seven without a blemish (5 strikeouts).

Meanwhile, the hosts put an unearned run on the board in the bottom of the 2nd, as a lead-off error allowed for Zambrano's two-out double into right-center that scored Grace Kucharski (CCC 2nd Team).

The Nor'easters could not capitalize on an error that started the 4th, and Kucharski began the last half of the stanza with a home run over the fence in right-center to make it 2-0.

UNE recorded its other single to kick-off the top of the 5th, and had runners at first and second with one down, but Zambrano fanned the next two to get past the threat.

Sam Mulhern (CCC 1st Team) padded the WNE cushion in the 5th with a one-out solo shot to straightaway center.

Big Blue managed lead-off walks in both the 6th and 7th frames, but was unable progress either into scoring position.

Zambrano upped her personal mark to 16-1 with the result. Gabby Lavinio had two of the six hits for the Golden Bears.

Abby Lambert (CCC 2nd Team) took the setback in the circle for UNE, registering three strikeouts against one walk in dropping to 8-8 on the season. Adrienne Chase (CCC 2nd Team) and Sydney Helmbrecht (CCC 2nd Team) posted the hits for the visitors.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 03, 2015 3:41 am

Gulls bump UNE from CCC tourney with 4-0 win

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Courtney Blake (CCC 1st Team) and No. 3 Endicott College held No. 6 University of New England scoreless in Game 11 (of 13) of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Championship, advancing into the finals of the double elimination tournament with a 4-0 decision on Saturday (May 2) at Golden Bear Park on the campus of Western New England University.

The Gulls (18-18) stay alive with their one loss and move into Game 12 to meet the top-seeded hosts, who remain with zero losses in the tournament.

The Nor'easters conclude the season with a record of 20-20 -- their ninth straight year of at least 20 victories.

Blake conceded seven hits and no walks while striking out a pair to improve her personal ledger to 16-4.

Emily Hoffman had a team-high two hits for Endicott, including the go-ahead solo home run to center field in the bottom of the 2nd.

Hoffman also accounted for the run that made it 2-0 in favor of the Gulls in the 4th, scoring from second base on a two-out single by Kayla Sheldon.

Endicott doubled the margin with two away in the 5th on a two-RBI single by Julia McNeill (CCC 3rd Team). EC threatened to get more, but left the bases loaded.

UNE came close to putting one on the board in the 6th, however the third out of the stanza was recorded on a single to center field and a throw out at the plate with a runner attempting to score from second.

The Nor'easters had first and second with one down in the 7th to try and extend the game, but could not advance the runners any further.

Casie Beauchemin and Jamie Corda (CCC 2nd Team) each had a single and a run scored for the Gulls.

Katelyn Austin took the setback in the circle for UNE, dropping to 7-6 on the season. Sydney Helmbrecht (CCC 2nd Team) had a pair of singles for Big Blue against Blake.
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