ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team (15-13) used a four-run bottom of the fifth to distance itself from Husson University (15-7) as the Black Bears picked up a 6-1 victory in non-conference action at Kessock Field on Thursday evening.
Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) blasted a two-run home run in the fifth while EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) also drove in a pair to help lead the Maine offense. Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.) went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs scored while Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) and Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine) each added a pair of hits.
Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) moved to 5-2 on the year in the circle as she picked up the win, going 6.0 innings while giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts. Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) pitched the seventh for the Black Bears, allowing just one hit and no runs to stretch her shutout streak to 10.2 consecutive innings.
Maine got on the scoreboard first, scoring single runs in both the second and third innings. With runners on the corners and two outs, Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) reached on a drag bunt which allowed Obert to score the game's first run.
Maine added a run in the bottom of the third when Fogel's sacrifice fly plated Lennon who led off the inning with a walk.
Husson closed the gap as it was able to score a run in the top of the fourth. Allison Hill began the inning with a double to the right center gap before scoring on Chelsea Brennan's deep double to center.
Maine would add to its lead with a four-run bottom of the fifth. Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) started the rally with a single up the middle before advancing to third on Lennon's double to left center. Koslosky would later score on Burk's groundout to short. Fogel followed with a single up the middle to plate Lennon before later scoring on Stevens' second home run of the year.
The Black Bears maintained their five run lead, allowing just one base runner in the final two innings to seal the 6-1 victory.
Maine returns to America East action on Saturday when it travels to face top-seeded Stony Brook in a doubleheader beginning at noon. Maine and Stony Brook will close a three-game series on Sunday with an 11 a.m. start scheduled.