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Softball Nipped by SIUE, Penn State
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team dropped its doubleheader on Saturday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Maine fell in game one to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 13-0 in five innings and dropped the nightcap to Penn State 3-0.
In game one, the Cougars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Maine threatened in the bottom of the first as EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) worked a two out walk. Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) followed with a double to left center, advancing Fogel to third. However, the Black Bears couldn't plate the run and were retired in the first.
SIUE added six runs in the top of the third, extending its lead to 9-0, before tacking on four more runs in the fifth to lead 13-0, a score which would stand. Kane led the Black Bear offense with a pair of doubles against the Cougars.
Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) pitched the first 2.1 innings for Maine, giving up seven runs on eight hits with one strikeout before Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) threw the final 2.2 innings in relief. Sparks surrendered six runs, five earned, on 10 hits with one strikeout.
In game two, Maine held close with Penn State as the Nittany Lions broke a 0-0 tie with a single run in the bottom of the third on a RBI single up the middle from Macy Jones.
Maine looked to knot the score when Makaila Kowalsky (Colchester, Conn.) ripped a single into left field. With two outs in the inning, Kowalsky swiped second. However, the Black Bears were unable to drive Kowalsky in as the inning ended.
Penn State added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, extending its lead to 3-0. Maine looked to cut away at the lead as Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) led off the top of the seventh with a single up the middle. Burk advanced to second after Jenny MacDowell (Littleton, Mass.) was hit by a pitch but that would be as far as she would get as the Nittany Lions retired the side, taking the game 3-0.
Maine and Penn State each had five hits while Kowalsky and Burk each had two. Kowalsky added a stolen base. Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) worked six innings in the circle for Maine while giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits with four strikeouts.
The Black Bears return to action tomorrow morning at 11:15 with a matchup up against Fordham.