ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team (13-12, 5-4 America East) dropped its home opener on Friday afternoon to UMBC (23-15, 1-5 AE) by a score of 3-0. Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) took the loss for the Black Bears, falling to 6-2 on the season.
Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.), EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.), Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) and Rachel Harvey (Southington, Conn.) each tallied a hit each for the Black Bears. Maine matched UMBC in hits (4) but was unable to continue rallies and garner clutch hits.
After a scoreless first three innings, UMBC was able to put across a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. The Retrievers began the inning with a pair of walks before Danielle O'Neill single through the left side. The ball was mishandled in left, allowing Bridget O'Malley to score the game's first run. The Black Bears were able to record the next two outs before Kelly Lane's single to right drove in Megan Sauble.
Maine looked to answer with its best chance in the home half of the fourth. Stevens began the rally for Maine with a one out single up the middle before being replaced by Lydia O'Connor (Newton, Mass.) on the basepaths. O'Connor would advance to second on a wild pitch before moving over to third on an infield single from Harvey. However, the Retrievers would escape the jam with a double play to end the threat.
UMBC added a single run in the top of the sixth when Lane drove in her second run of the game, this time unearned, after pinch runner Jordan Sganga came around on Lane's single.
Hill picks up her second loss of the season, her first since March 14 and her first in league play, as she falls to 6-2 on the season after going 7.0 innings while giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits with six strikeouts.
Jessica Holte moves to 14-6 with the win for the Retrievers after picking up the complete game shutout and scattering four hits with three strikeouts.
Maine and UMBC close out its season series with a doubleheader tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.