TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team (2-4) defeated Long Island University 1-0 and dropped a 6-3 decision to Saint Joseph's on Friday evening at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) picked up the complete game shutout victory against Long Island while Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) drove in three of Maine's four runs, including belting her first home run of the season.
Maine and Long Island remaind scoreless through three innings until the Black Bears broke out in the bottom of the fourth. Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) began the inning by working a lead-off walk before advancing to second on a Black Bear ground out. With one away in the inning, Stevens singled to left which brought Ralphs around for the game's first run.
That would be all Maine starter Hill would need as she picked up the win after going the distance while scattering six hits with six strikeouts.
In the early game of the day, Maine dropped a 6-3 decision to Saint Joseph's. Ralphs and EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) eached tallied two-hits in the loss while Stevens recorded her first home run of the season.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the second, Fogel started the inning with a single before scoring on Stevens' two-run shot to right center, giving Maine a 2-1 advantage.
Saint Joseph's knotted the game at 2-2 with a single run in the home half of the second before taking a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Fogel singled to start the top of the sixth for the Black Bears and moved up to second on a wild pitch. With two away in the inning, Shelby Obert's (Skowhegan, Maine) single drove in Fogel to cut the lead to 6-3. However, Maine could not close the gap any further, falling to Saint Joseph's 6-3.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday with another doubleheader, beginning with a 9 AM start against Quinnipiac before taking on Toledo at 11:15 AM.