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Softball Drops Meetings with Toledo, Loyola Marymount
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball squad dropped meetings with Toledo and Loyola Marymount on Wednesday afternoon. Maine fell in game one to Toledo 7-3 before dropping the final game of the day to Loyola Marymount 11-2.
In game one against Toledo, the Rockets grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Erinn Wright's one out single plated Kristen Roznoski to start the scoring. Wright followed by stealing second before scoring on a single into center field by Leigh Nebendahl.
Maine answered with a pair of runs in the top of the second to tie the game. Jenny MacDowell (Littleton, Mass.) began the rally by reaching on a fielder's choice. MacDowell would advance to second on a single to short by Stephanie Wood (Florence, N.J.). Makaila Kowalsky (Colchester, Conn.) followed with a single which plated MacDowell and allowed Wood and Kowalsky to advance to second and third on the throw to the plate. EmJ Fogel's (Vienna, Va.) groundout to short allowed Wood to score from third, tying the game.
Three more runs from the Rockets in the bottom of the fourth game them a 5-2 lead. However, Maine would once again answer as it plated a run in the top of the fifth. Kowalsky led off the inning with a walk before Fogel's single to right field gave the Black Bears runners on first and second with no outs. Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) grounded out to first as Kowalsky and Fogel advanced to second and third. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) followed with a ground out to first which allowed Kowalsky to score from third.
Toledo answered the Maine charge with two runs in the home half of the fifth to take a 7-3 lead. The score would stay that way as Maine fell to Toledo in the Wednesday opener.
Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) went six innings in the circle for Maine while allowing seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts.
In game two, the Black Bears fell behind early as the Lions plated two runs in the first and three in the second to jump out to an early 5-0 lead.
Maine chipped away as it plated a pair in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back singles from Chelsea Kunin (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Kowalsky gave Maine runners on first and second with no outs. After a pair of outs, Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) came through with a big two-out double to left center which scored both Kunin and Kowalsky.
The Lions would add three runs in both the fourth and seven innings and take the game 11-2.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) took the loss for Maine in game two as she went 0.1 innings while giving up two runs on two hits with a pair of walks. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) pitched the remaining 6.2 innings in relief as she gave up nine runs, five earned, on 12 hits with three strikeouts.