CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team dropped a 7-1 decision to Loyola Marymount in its first game at the Eddie C. Moore complex on Monday morning. EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) drove in Maine's lone run while Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The Black Bears struck first as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Burk began the inning with a single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. After moving up to third on a groundout, Fogel's single plated Burk for the first run of the morning.
Maine held the Lions scoreless through the first four innings. However, Loyola Marymount broke out a five run bottom of the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.
Loyola Marymount tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-RBI double from Alex Finie.
Maine failed to close the gap in the top of the seventh, dropping the contest 7-1.
Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) received the start in the circle for Maine as she went five innings while giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Bogdanovich tossed four innings of shutout ball before the Lions got to her in the fifth. Nikki Misner (Tampa, Fla.) gave up two runs on two hits and one walk. Bogdanovich takes the loss, falling to 0-1 on the season.
Maine returns to action on Tuesday, March 4 with a doubleheader. The Black Bears start the day at 11:45 with a contest against Western Michigan before taking on South Florida at 2:15.