Softball Splits Doubleheader with UMBC

 

Softball Splits Doubleheader with UMBC

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team (14-13, 6-5 America East) split its doubleheader with UMBC (24-16, 2-6 AE) on Saturday afternoon at Kessock Field, winning game one 8-0 in 6-innings before falling 7-6 in game two.

Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.) led the offense as she went 4-for-8 with four RBI and three runs scored on the day. Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) added a 4-for-8 day, belting her third home run of the season and driving in four while scoring two in the doubleheader.

In game one, the Black Bears scored all eight of their runs with two-outs in game one, busting out a 13-hit attack in the opener. Freshman Maddie Moore (McLean, Va.) went 3-for-3 in the contest while Dagmar Ralphs added two hits and two runs while driving in a pair. Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine) went 2-for-3 while driving in three and scoring one.

Maine wasted no time getting the bats going in game one as it plated four runs with a two-out rally in the home half of the first to take a 4-0 lead. With two away in the inning, Dagmar Ralphs dropped a double into left field before scoring on Burk's single. EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) kept the rally alive, slapping a single through the left side before Obert's double to the gap in right center brought in two more runs for the Black Bears. Maine's fourth run came across after Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) ripped a line drive to center, which was misplayed by the center fielder, allowing Obert to score.

The Black Bears extended their lead to 7-0 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, again rallying with two outs. Dagmar Ralphs brought around Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) and Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.) when she dropped a double into centerfield, forcing the Retrievers to pull starting pitcher Jessica Holte. Fogel's single to center plated Ralphs with Maine's seventh run of the game.

Maine was able to plate its eighth run in the bottom of the sixth when Obert's sacrifice fly to centerfield allowed Burk to coast in from third.

Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) moved to 4-5 with the win in the circle. Bogdanovich, who tossed a 6-inning shutout, struck out seven while scattering three hits.

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In game two, the Black Bears dug themselves in an early hole and could not make up the ground in the end. At one point trailing by five runs, it was able to climb all the way back within one but fell in the end by a score of 7-6.

Dagmar Ralphs went 2-for-4 in the second game with two more RBI and a run scored while Burk went 3-for-4, including belting her third home run of the season, with three RBI.

UMBC broke out an early advantage, plating five runs in the top of the first. After loading the bases on three straight walks, Kelly Lane doubled to the gap in right center to drive in two. After Kaelin Jackson's RBI single, Caitlin Chance reached on a fielder's choice bunt which brought in another Retriever run. Katlin Olesky completed the UMBC rally with an RBI single through the left side.

Maine answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Koslosky began the rally with a walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt and moving to third on a sharp single from Dagmar Ralphs. Burk then cleaned the bases, going the other way with her third home run of the season over the right field fence to bring the Black Bears within two runs, 5-3.

The Retrievers added a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on Danielle O'Neill's two-run home run to left.

Maine was able to get a run back in the bottom of the fourth as Rachel Harvey (Southington, Conn.) lined a single into right, plating Fogel who earlier doubled in the inning.

The Black Bears kept the offensive pressure on as they plated two more runs in the home half of the fifth inning to close within one. Koslosky began the inning with a walk before Lennon's single down the right field line gave Maine runners on first and third. After Lennon stole second, Dagmar Ralphs placed a single through the right side, scoring both Koslosky and Lennon. However, UMBC would escape further damage as the Black Bears left the bases loaded in the inning.

UMBC kept Maine off the scoreboard the rest of the way, earning a split in the doubleheader with a 7-6 victory in game two.

Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) fell to 6-3 on the season as she failed to make it out of the first inning, giving up three runs with three walks. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) went 3.1 innings in relief, surrendering four runs on six hits with one strikeout. Game one winner Bogdanovich finished the game in relief, tossing 3.2 innings of no-hit ball with a pair of walks.

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