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Softball Nipped by San Diego 7-4
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The University of Maine softball team fell in game one of a Tuesday doubleheader by a score of 7-4 to San Diego. The loss drops Maine back to 4-11 overall while the Toreros improve to 10-6. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) paced Maine's attack as she went 1-for-2 at the dish with one run scored.
The Toreros jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the home half of the first inning. The first run of the ballgame scored when Chloe Kaneko's triple plated Morgan Kurtz. San Diego tacked on another run in the inning when Kaneko scored from third after Taylor Hensley reached on an error.
The Black Bears responded with a run in the top of the second. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) started things with a single into center field before advancing to second on an illegal pitch. Jenny MacDowell (Littleton, Mass.) moved Stevens over to third on a sac-bunt before Stevens scored on an illegal pitch.
San Diego added three runs in the bottom of the third to extend its lead to 5-1. Jessica Tieszen blasted a two-run homer in the inning before Lauren Tomey's triple scored Julianne Kendrick.
The Toreros built a 7-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kylie Crawford led off the inning with a solo home run before Kaneko's base hit brought home Mickell Escobar.
Maine would not go away quietly as the Black Bears rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the inning after Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice, Jennifer Eberhardt (Glendale, Ariz.) worked a walk to give the Black Bears runners on first and second with two away. Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) reached on an error, scoring Koslosky. Brynne Davis (Winslow, Maine) would enter the game as a pinch runner for Kane and advance to second on a wild pitch while Eberhardt scored on the Toreros' mishap. Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.) reached on an error, moving Davis up to third. EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) would work a walk, loading the bases for Maine, before Davis scored Maine's third run of the inning on another Toreros' wild pitch. However, San Diego would escape the jam, taking the contest 7-4.
Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) was hit with the loss as she went 5.2 innings while giving up seven runs, six earned, on six hits and three walks to go along with two strikeouts. Ashley Kelley (Hermon, Maine) went a third of an inning for Maine, allowing one hit while striking out one.
Kaitlin Healy went the distance for the Toreros as she allowed four runs, one earned, on four Black Bear hits while walking six and striking out one.