Recap | Box Score
Softball Falls to Stephen F. Austin, 5-1
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team opened up its Florida trip with a 5-1 loss to Stephen F. Austin on Friday afternoon. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) plated the lone run for the Black Bears with a solo home run. Nikki Byron (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) added two hits for Maine. The loss slips the Black Bears back to 1-4 on the young season while the Ladyjacks improved to 5-9.
Stephen F. Austin grabbed a one run lead in the top of the first when back-to-back one out singles gave the Ladyjacks runners on first and second. Shalie Day followed with a ground rule double to right field which brought Cadie Weaver in to score the game's first run.
Maine tied the score in the bottom of the second when Stevens belted her second home run of the season; a solo blast to right field which knotted the score at 1-1.
The Ladyjacks broke the 1-1 tie with three unearned runs in the top of the sixth and tacked on another unearned score in the top of the seventh to take a 5-1 lead. Maine was unable to score in the home half of the seventh as Stephen F. Austin came away with the 5-1 victory.
Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) picks up the loss for Maine after going the distance and allowing just one earned run while giving up nine hits with four strikeouts.
Carlie Thomas picks up the win in the circle for the Ladyjacks as she went seven innings while giving up one run on five hits with three strikeouts.
Maine retuns to action today as they complete day one's doubleheader with a game against Toledo.