CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Maine softball team improved to 8-7 overall after it swept Saturday's doubleheader. Maine defeated Providence College and Central Michigan by identical scores of 4-2.
In game one against Providence, the Friars jumped out to a 1-0 lead after two innings on Kasey Bulman's RBI single.
Maine answered with a pair in the top of the fifth. Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) started the inning with a double before scoring on Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) single. Maine took a 2-1 lead after Jean Stevens' (Albany, Ore.) sacrifice fly scored Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.).
The Friars added a run in the bottom of the fifth but Maine again answered with a pair to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth. Rachel Harvey (Southington, Conn.) began the inning with a double before scoring on Lennon's RBI single. Maine's fourth run came later in the inning when Samantha Ralphs was able to come in on a wild pitch. Maine's 4-2 lead would hold up for the victory.
Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.), Koslosky and Harvey each tallied a pair of hits in the 4-2 victory over Providence.
Kylie Sparks (2-2) picked up the win for the Black Bears after tossing a complete game six-hitter while giving up two runs, none earned, with five strikeouts.
In game two, Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine) paced the Maine offense with two hits and two runs scored while driving in one.
Maine came out hot as it was able to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Stevens' clutch double with two away in the inning brought in Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) and Obert.
The Black Bears added a run in the bottom of the third when Burk's double brought in Obert who led off the inning with her second hit of the game.
Central Michigan closed the gap to one run after it plated two runs in the top of the fourth.
Maine had an immediate answer when Obert's bunt brought in pinch runner Chloe Douglass (Orono, Maine) to push the score to 4-2, a lead Maine would not relinquish.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) picked up the win in the circle after going 3.2 innings while giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits with a pair of strikeouts. Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) came on in relief, tossing 3.1 innings of shutout ball with a pair of hits and four strikeouts.
Maine closes out its Florida trip with a game against Buffalo on Sunday at 9 AM.