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Late Rally Falls Short for Softball Against Quinnipiac
TAMPA, Fla. -- Trailing by four runs heading into the top of the seventh, the Black Bears were able to plate three runs but could not score a fourth, falling to Quinnipiac 6-5 in game one of two on Tuesday afternoon. EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) led Maine going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI while Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) added a pair of hits while also scoring a run with a RBI.
Maine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Fogel led off the inning with a single up the middle before advancing to second on a bunt single from Hill. Stephanie Wood's (Florence, N.J.) one out single back up the box scored Fogel from second and advanced Hill to third. A walk from Makaila Kowalsky (Colchester, Conn.) loaded the bases with a walk before Jessica Burk's (Warrenton, Va.) single into left plated Hill.
The Bobcats tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third before taking a 6-2 lead with four runs in the home half of the fourth.
Down by four entering the top of the seventh the Maine offense went to work. Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) started the rally by working a one out walk and advanced to second on a single into center from Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.). Fogel followed with a double into the gap in right center, scoring Kane and advancing Stevens to third. Hill's single through the left side plated Stevens and moved Fogel over to third. Nikki Byron (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) grounded out to third which brought Fogel in from third and moved Hill to second. However, the Bobcats escaped the jam by getting the next out to end the game and take the win, 6-5.
Maine out hit Quinnipiac 13-10 while the Black Bears made one error to Quinnipiac's none.
Hill picks up the loss for Maine after going 3.1 innings and giving up six runs, three earned, on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) tossed 2.2 innings of shutout ball for Maine while giving up four hits with one strikeout and a pair of walks.
Maine returns to action tonight when it faces South Florida at 7 PM.