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Burk's Walk-Off Single Propels Maine to Weekend Sweep of Binghamton
ORONO, Maine -- Trailing by a run with two away in the bottom of the seventh the Black Bears went to work, plating a pair of runs, including one on a walk-off single into right field by Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) to complete the weekend sweep of Binghamton by a score of 3-2. EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Burk and Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.) each had a hit and a RBI.
Binghamton plated two runs in the top of the second to start the scoring and take an early 2-0 lead. Mikala King began things with a walk and advanced to second on a single through the left side by Linda Verduzco. Lisa Cutrona's single up the middle plated King and allowed Verduzco to advance to third. Verduzco would score soon after on a wild pitch.
Maine cut the Bearcat lead in half with a run in the bottom of the sixth. EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) started things with a double to center and scored on a two out single by Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.).
Jennifer Eberhardt (Glendale, Ariz.) started off the bottom of the seventh for Maine with a single down the left field line and advanced to second after Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) reached on an error. After the next two Maine hitters were retired, Jenny MacDowell (Littleton, Mass.) stepped in as a pinch hitter and dropped a single into short right field which allowed Eberhardt to score and Kane to advance to third. Fogel was intentionally walked to load the bases for the Black Bears. Burk then stepped in and went with a pitch to right field, dropping the ball just out of reach of the Bearcat fielders. Kane scored easily from third on the play to give Maine the 3-2 victory, completing the weekend sweep of the Bearcats.
Ashley Kelley (Hermon, Maine) went the distance for Maine while grabbing her fifth win of the season. Kelley gave up two runs on three hits with one walk while fanning three. Kate Price takes the loss for the Bearcats as she pitched 6.2 innings while giving up three runs, one earned, on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
The Black Bears return to action at Kessock Field on Tuesday when they host Husson University beginning at 4 p.m.