Softball Drops Pair to Stony Brook
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team (7-34, 3-9 America East) dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Stony Brook (25-19, 8-5 AE) on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears fell in game one 4-2 before dropping game two 3-2 in 15-innings. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) blasted her league leading 12th home run in game one to lead the Maine offense.
In game one, Stony Brook jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jessica Combs led off the game with a single into center before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Olivia Mintun. Combs would move up to third on a groundout before scoring when Bria Green blooped a single into shallow right field.
The Seawolves added three runs in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 4-0. Alexandra Pisciotta's double to the fence in center plated Nicole Schieferstein with the first run of the inning before Shayla Giosia drove in two with a double into right field.
Maine got on the scoreboard in game one with a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth. Stephanie Wood (Florence, N.J.) led off the inning with a walk before Stevens belted her league leading 12th home run of the season off the left field foul pole.
Stony Brook would shut down Maine for the remainder of game one to take the 4-2 victory.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) picked up the loss in game one as she went four innings while giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with one strikeout. Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) went three innings in relief and gave up just one hit with one strikeout.
Maine began game two by grabbing an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Fogel started the rally with a lead off double down the right field line and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.). Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H,) drove in the first run of game two when she blooped a single into short left field.
Stony Brook knotted the score at 1-1 when it plated a single run in the top of the fourth. With two away in the inning, Nicole Hagerty doubled down the left field line. Green followed with a single to third in which she beat out the throw as Hagerty rounded third and scored on the throw.
Maine regained the lead with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. Stevens started the Maine rally by reaching on a fielder's choice before being replaced by pinch runner Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.). Nikki Byron's (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) grounded out to the pitcher, advancing Sparks to third. Burk followed by reaching on a throwing error which allowed Sparks to score the go ahead run.
Stony Brook answered with a single run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single up the middle from Green which scored Giosia.
The game would remain tied until the 15th inning where Green's double to the gap in left center brought Giosia in with the go ahead run. Maine did not score in its half of the 15th inning as Stony Brook took game two 3-2.
Bogdanovich was tagged with the tough loss after going 9.2 innings in relief while giving up just one run on eight hits. Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) went 5.1 innings as she started and gave up two runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Maine returns to America East action with a doubleheader at Boston University on April 27. Game time is slated for 1 PM.