Softball Walks-Off Over Quinnipiac; Drops Contest to Toledo
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team split a pair of contests on Saturday morning as it won in thrilling walk-off fashion 3-2 against Quinnipiac before dropping game two of the day 8-0 in 5-innings to Toledo.
In game one, Quinnipiac jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on back-to-back home runs from Sydney Robey and Jordan Paolucci.
The Black Bears were able to get a run back in the home half of the sixth. Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.) started the inning with a triple. Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.) drove in Maine's first run of the day with a single to cut the Bobcats' lead down to 2-1.
Maine came into the seventh inning trailing by one. Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) began the inning with a single and advanced to third on a bunt single from Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine). Obert was able to to move herself into scoring position when she stole second before Nikki Byron's (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) clutch single drove in both Burk and Obert to give Maine a walk-off 3-2 victory.
Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) picked up the win for the Black Bears as she went the distance while giving up two runs on two hits and a walk with eight strikeouts.
The Black Bears were only able to muster one hit, Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) single, in game two against Toledo. Ralphs singled in the top of the first before moving over to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. However, Ralphs was unable to score in the inning.
Toledo jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first before batting around in the top of the second while plating five more runs to take a 7-0 lead into the third.
The Rockets were able to plate their eighth run to take a run-rule 8-0 victory.
Erin Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) took the loss for the Black Bears after giving up seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) tossed the final 2.2 innings for Maine while giving up one run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Maine continues action on Sunday, March 9 with a single game against Seton Hall at 11:15 AM.