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Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stretch

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:32 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stretch

A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: The Black Bears enter their spring break stretch at 4-6 with victories over Bucknell, UNC Wilmington, Longwood and Saint Francis. Maine is led on offense by senior outfielder Rachel Carlson who has notched a hit in seven of Maine's first 10 games, including four multi-hit performances. Carlson enters Friday's play batting .389 with 14 hits, four runs and four RBI to go along with three stolen bases. Catcher Maddie Decker is hitting .250 and is tied with Meghan Royle for the team-lead in both home runs (2) and RBI (6). Decker's .625 slugging percentage places her third best among America East hitters. Kirsten Niland is adding a .250 clip with six hits and a team-best three doubles while Alyssa Derrick has driven in five.

In the circle, the Black Bears are led by senior Annie Kennedy, who earned the league's Pitcher of the Week honor after Maine's opening weekend. Kennedy leads the America East in ERA (1.45) and hits allowed per seven innings (4.71) while ranking fifth in the nation with 0.36 walks allowed per seven. Kennedy is 2-1 on the season in nine appearances with one save and 17 strikeouts over 19.1 innings of work. Fellow senior Molly Flowers is 1-2 in the circle with a team-best 20 strikeouts in 18.0 innings, including five starts. Flowers' 7.8 strikeouts per seven innings leads the conference.

As a team, Maine ranks second among America East teams with 3.50 runs per game. Defensively, its 0.958 fielding percentage is third in the league. The Black Bears enter play with a team average of .214 at the dish with a 4.91 staff ERA.

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Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:08 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Spring Break Schedule
Date Time (EST) Opponent
March 9 2:00 p.m. Loyola University Chicago
March 9 4:30 p.m. Quinnipiac
March 10 9:00 a.m. Robert Morris
March 10 11:15 a.m. South Dakota State
March 11 11:15 a.m. Southern Illinois
March 13 10:00 a.m. Iona
March 13 12:00 p.m. Iona
March 14 5:00 p.m. at South Florida
March 15 10:00 a.m. Tennessee Chattanooga
March 16 11:30 a.m. Butler
March 16 2:00 p.m. LIU Brooklyn
March 17 9:45 a.m. Florida A&M
March 17 2:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast

Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:25 am
by Tom Nolette
Maine Softball
@Maine_Softball
Final | Quinnipiac 11, Maine 9.

Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:34 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Falls to Robert Morris, South Dakota State

Tampa, Fla. -- On day two of its spring break swing, the University of Maine softball team suffed a pair of setbacks, losing to Robert Morris, 7-4, and South Dakota State, 8-0.

Maddie Decker, who has reached base safely in five straight games, went 3-for-4 with two RBI in game one while Erika Leonard chipped in a pair of hits and one run. Meghan Royle drove in one with two hits while Rachel Carlson scored two and added a triple. Alyssa Derrick led the way in game two with a pair of hits.

For the second time in its last three games, the Black Bears were able to notched double-digit hits with 11 against Robert Morris.

Maine got out to a hot start in game one, taking a 2-0 lead in the first. Leonard began with a walk before advancing on Laurine German's single and reaching third on a fielder's choice. Derrick's single back up the middle brought in Leonard before Decker's base hit played Carlson.

Robert Morris' first hitter of the day cut the lead in half with a solo shot before Olivia Lorusso's RBI single knotted the game at 2-2.

The Colonials grabbed their first lead of the day with three runs in the home half of the second.

Maine answered with a pair of runs in the fifth. Carlson started the rally with a leadoff triple. Decker's two-out single down the line in left brought in Carlson before Royle's RBI double to left scored pinch runner Emily Gilmore. After five, the Black Bears trailed Robert Morris, 5-4.

However, Maine was unable to close the gap. Robert Morris pushed across two more runs in the sixth before ultimately taking the contest, 7-4.

Kyleigh O'Donnell took the loss for Maine after giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits with one strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Annie Kennedy tossed 4.2 innings of relief, surrendering three unearned runs with six hits and a strikeouts.

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The Black Bears fell behind early in game two and were unable to get the bats going, recording just three hits in an 8-0, five-inning loss to South Dakota State.

Derrick recorded two of Maine's three hits to lead the offense for the Black Bears.

Maine looked to get on the board early when German drew a first inning walk before moving along to third on Derrick's single. However, the Black Bears would strand the pair.

The Jackrabbits rallied for three runs in the bottom of the first and added four more in the second, powered by Paige Gerdes three-run homer to left.

Yanney Ponce's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth plated Lyndsey Crist to put the game away.

Molly Flowers suffers the loss for Maine after the senior went 1.1 innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on three hits and four walks with a strikeout. Lilly Volk came on to work 3.1 innings of relief, giving up two runs on two hits with a strikeout.

The Black Bears continue action on Sunday when they take on Southern Illinois University at 11:15 a.m.

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Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:40 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Comes Up Short Against Southern Illinois, 6-2

Tampa, Fla. -- Rachel Carlson notched her sixth multiple hit performance with a 3-for-4 day but it wouldn't be enough as the University of Maine softball team dropped a 6-2 decision to Southern Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

Erika Leonard added a pair of singles, an RBI and scored a run in the loss as the Black Bears (4-11) able to string together eight total hits. Annie Kennedy fell to 2-2 on the season after earning the start and going 4.0 innings while giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits with a strikeout. Keleigh O'Donnell struck out three while giving up three runs on four hits in 3.0 innings of relief.

The Black Bears jumped out to a 1-0 advantage when Maddie Decker's RBI single scored Leonard.

Southern Illinois (13-9) took a 2-1 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second.

Maine answered, tying the game with a single run in the home half of the second. With two outs, Shanna Scribner's ground-rule double ignited a short rally before Leonard's RBI single plated Scribner with Maine's second run of the day.

However, the Saluki's regained the lead with a single run in the third.

The Black Bears threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with two outs but were unable to plate a run.

Southern Illinois added three runs in the top of the sixth and kept Maine off the scoreboard the rest of the way to seal a 6-2 victory.

Maine is back on the diamond on Tuesday, March 13 when meet Iona for a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m.

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Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:41 am
by Tom Nolette
upcoming:

MARCH 13, 2018
SB vs Iona College
Tampa, FL
10:00 AM EST

SB vs Iona College
Tampa, FL
12:00 PM EST

Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:04 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Takes Two From Iona

Clearwater, Fla. -- The Black Bears combined to surrender just one run over 14.0 innings as Maine swept a doubleheader from Iona on Tuesday afternoon. Maine took game one, 5-1, before shutting down the Gaels' offense in a 1-0 victory to wrap up the sweep.

Laurine German boasted three hits, scored a run and stole a base to help lead a Maine offense which recorded 12 hits on the day. Kristen Niland added two hits with a double and one RBI while Alyssa Derrick drove in a pair.

Maine scored runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to an early start in game one.

Erika Leonard began the game with a walk before advancing on German's single to right. Rachel Carlson's fielder's choice moved Leonard to third before she would come in to score on another fielder's choice, this time on an RBI groundout by Maddie Decker.

The Black Bears added a run in the top of the second when Niland, who double to start the inning, later came in to score on a two out single to center from Leonard.

Iona cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the second but Maine answered right back, plating a pair in the third.

Derrick worked a one out walk before advancing on Decker's single. Meghan Royle's RBI single brought in Derrick before Niland dropped a single into center, scoring Royle.

The Black Bears tacked on a run in the top of the seventh. Back to back singles from German and Carlson gave Maine runners on the corners. Derrick's sacrifice fly to center allowed Carlson to tag and score, giving Maine a 5-1 lead.

Maine retired the Gaels in order in the seventh to take the victory, 5-1.

Lilly Volk earned her first career win with an impressive outing in the circle. Volk went 5.0 innings, scattering seven hits and giving up one run with one strikeout. Molly Flowers picked up a save after tossing a one-hit shutout with a strikeout over 2.0 innings.

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In game two, Maine survived three errors and broke a scoreless tie with a single run in the sixth before handing on to a 1-0 victory over Iona.

O'Donnell earned her first career victory after tossing a one-hut shutout with three strikeouts over 6.0 innings of action. Annie Kennedy came on to earn her second save of the season after giving up one hit with one strikeout.

The lone run of the game came in the home half of the sixth. Faythe Goins' pinch hit single to center started the inning. Goins was replaced on the basepath by Shanna Scribner who advanced to second on German's single. With two outs in the inning, Derrick's opposite field single to right brought around Scribner with the eventual winning run.

Maine is back in action on Wednesday evening when it takes on South Florida at 5 p.m.

-UMaine-

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Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:08 am
by Tom Nolette
upcoming: Match 14

SB at University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
5:00 PM EST
Live Video https://www.facebook.com/USFSoftball/

Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:41 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Suffers 5-0 Setback at South Florida

Tampa, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team trailed South Florida by just one run after three innings. However, a three-run home run by the Bulls in the fourth helped propel USF to a 5-0 victory on Wednesday evening at the USF Softball Stadium.

Maddie Decker stretched her streak of reaching base safely to nine straight games with a single while Laurine German ran her streak to eight straight with a double.

In total, the Black Bears (6-12) were outhit, 8-4, in the contest. Erika Leonard and Meghan Royle each added singles for Maine.

The Bulls (17-12) broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when Donovan's groundout to short allowed Bruni to come in from third.

South Florida added four runs in the fourth, keyed by Fund's three-run homer. The Bulls tacked on their fifth run of the evening when Evans' sacrifice fly brought in Leistl.

Maine's biggest threat came in the third when German started the inning with a double to right before advancing to third on Shanna Scribner's sacrifice bunt. However, following an intentional walk to Rachel Carlson, the Bulls were able to escape the jam, leaving two runners on.

South Florida kept Maine off the scoreboard over the final three innings to capture the win, 5-0.

Annie Kennedy got the start for Maine and took the loss after going 3.0 innings and surrendering one run on four hits with three strikeouts. Molly Flowers gave up four runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 2.0 innings while Kyleigh O'Donnell tossed an inning, giving up one hit and fanning one.

Maine is back in action on Thursday at 10 a.m. when it meets Tennessee Chattanooga.

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Re: Softball Travels to Tampa for 13 Game Spring Break Stret

PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:54 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Drops Contest to Tennessee Chattanooga
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