LOWELL, Mass. -- The University of Maine softball team (12-9, 4-1 America East) picked up a doubleheader sweep at UMass Lowell (4-15, 0-2 AE) on Saturday, winning by scores of 9-1 and 12-9 to pick up its fourth-straight win. Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.) helped pace the Black Bears' offense with four hits, including two home runs, and five RBI while Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) added three hits, including a home run to move her hit-streak to four-straight, with three runs and three walks.
In game one, the Black Bears exploded for nine runs on nine hits as they defeated the River Hawks 9-1 in a 6-inning run rule shortened contest. Burk and Lennon each homered while each adding two hits and two RBI in the win.
Maine wasted no time jumping on top as it put across three runs in the bottom of the firth. Lennon's lead-off single got the ball rolling before Burk reached on a walk. EmJ Fogel's (Vienna, Va.) two-out single up the middle plated both Lennon and Burk with the game's first runs. Maine kept its two-out rally alive as Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) singled to score Fogel.
The Black Bears added a pair of runs to its lead in the bottom of the second. Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) reached on a walk before stealing second. Maine took advantage of a River Hawk error on a ball hit by Lennon, allowing Koslosky to come around with Maine's fourth run. Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) followed with a sharp double down the left field line, scoring Lennon.
UMass Lowell was able to grab a run in the top of the third on Abby Jamieson's RBI single.
Maine was able to put across two runs in the fifth and sixth to put the game away.
Burk's second home run of the year scored her and Chloe Douglass (Orono, Maine) in the fifth before Lennon's two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth gave Maine a 9-1 win.
Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) went the distance in the win as she gave up just one run on six hits with 10 strikeouts to improve to 3-3 on the year.
In game two, Maine used a four-run bottom of the sixth to secure a 12-9 victory over the River Hawks. Lennon went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored while Koslosky added three hits and two runs. Maddie Moore (McLean, Va.) belted her first career home run to assist the offense while Fogel added two hits and two runs.
The Black Bears again jumped out to an early lead with a single run in the bottom of the second after taking advantage of a River Hawk error on a hit from Koslosky which plated Fogel.
UMass Lowell was able to add a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to take its first lead of the afternoon.
Maine immediately responded in a big way with a five-run home half of the fourth. Stevens' single started the one-out rally before she was lifted for pinch runner Lydia O'Connor (Newton, Mass.). Moore (McLean, Va.) crushed her first collegiate home run in the next at-bat to put Maine back on top, 3-2.
The Black Bears kept the rally going when Koslosky and Lennon stroked back-to-back singles. Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine) reached on an error, scoring Koslosky. Damar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.) followed with a single up the middle, scoring both Lennon and Obert to give Maine a 6-2 advantage.
The River Hawks answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth but Maine kept the lead at four runs with two more in the bottom half of the inning on Lennon's second two-run shot of the day.
UMass Lowell battled back to take a one-run lead with a five-run top of the sixth, keyed on a bases clearing three-RBI double from Brianna Martin.
The Black Bears again had an answer as they knotted the score with a single run in the bottom half of the sixth. Burk started with a one-out single up the middle before scoring on a Fogel double to left. Maine loaded up the bases with one out before Moore drew a walk, scoring Fogel with the go-ahead run. Maine added some insurance on Koslosky's RBI single before Lennon reached on a fielder's choice which brought in Samantha Ralphs.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) improves to 5-1 on the season as she tossed 7.0 innings while giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits with 12 strikeouts.
Maine closes out its series with UMass Lowell on Sunday with a single game at noon.