CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team dropped a pair of games on Friday, falling to Miami (Oh.) 11-5 before dropping a 10-2 decision in six innings to former America East foe Boston University. The losses slip Maine back to 6-7 overall.
Maine opened up game one with a three-run top of the first. Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) opened the inning by reaching on an error before advancing on a single from her sister Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.). With two away in the inning, Fogel sliced a double to plate the pair. Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine) matched Fogel's double with one of her own, scoring Fogel and giving Maine a 3-0 lead.
The Redhawks answered with four runs in the home half of the third as they pieced together a trio of singles before Allie Larrabee drove in Miami's fourth run with an RBI double.
Maine knotted the score at 4-4 with a run in the top of the fourth. Rachel Harvey (Southington, Conn.) began the inning with a lead-off double. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, Harvey scored on a Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) pinch hit single.
Miami opened things up with three runs in the fifth before Bree Lipscomb's grand slam in the sixth gave the Redhawks an 11-4 advantage.
The Black Bears were able to get one back in the seventh when Harvey's single knocked in Burk but it would be all they would get, falling 11-5.
Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) started for the Black Bears, going 2.1 innings while giving up four runs on five hits with one strikeouts. Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) picks up the loss in relief after going 3.1 innings and giving up seven runs, three earned, on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts. Nikki Misner (Tampa, Fla.) tossed the final third of an inning for the Black Bears.
In game two against Boston University, Maine was led by Burk who went 2-for-3 while Maddie Moore (McLean, Va.) added a double and two RBI.
Although they totaled seven hits, the Black Bears struggled to plate runs as the Terriers built a 7-0 lead with a run in the first and four in the second before adding a pair in the bottom of the fourth.
Maine was able to get on the scoreboard as it plated two in the top of the sixth. Fogel and Burk singled to give the Black Bears runners on the corners with one out. With two away, Moore stroked a double, bringing in both Fogel and Burk to close the Terrier lead down to five.
However, Boston University would add three in the home half of the sixth to put the game away as the eight-run rule came into effect.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) picked up her first loss of the season in the circle as she falls to 2-1 overall after tossing 5.2 innings while giving up 10 runs, five earned, on 13 hits with three strikeouts.
Maine continues action on Saturday as it takes on Providence at 11:45 AM before facing Central Michigan at 2:15 PM.