NEWPORT, R.I. –  Ashley Gott tripled and scored in the first inning, and Adrienne Chase singled home two runs in the fourth as the University of England won the Commonwealth Coast Conference softball championship with a 3-2 victory Saturday over Salve Regina.

Gabrielle LaRoche had two hits and scored a run for third-seeded UNE (26-12), which was unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament. The Nor’easters claimed the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.

MIDDLEBURY 4, BOWDOIN 1: Emily Kraytenberg drove in three runs to lead the Panthers (21-15) past the Polar Bears (28-14) in a NESCAC losers’ bracket game at Amherst, Mass.

Toni DaCampo drove in Bowdoin’s run, doubling home Caroline Dewar.

MAINE SWEEPS HARTFORD: Ashley Kelley and Kylie Sparks turned in strong pitching performances as Maine (17-27-1, 8-8-1 America East) clinched a spot in the conference tournament by sweeping the Hawks (9-43, 3-14) at West Hartford, Conn., 5-1 and 2-1.

BASEBALL

USM SWEEPS EASTERN CONNECTICUT: John Carey went 4 for 8 with three RBI as Southern Maine (23-16, 11-3 LEC) clinched the Little East regular-season title with a pair of wins over the Warriors (28-11, 8-6) at Gorham, 4-2 and 5-1.

USM will host the six-team, double-elimination LEC tournament starting Wednesday.

ALBANY SWEEPS MAINE: Pete DiResta had four RBI in the first game, and Jeff Welsh drove in five runs in the second game for the Great Danes (16-27-1, 10-6 America East) in 9-5 and 12-2 victories over Maine (22-21, 8-6) at Albany, N.Y.

Scott Heath’s two-run homer helped Maine to a 5-2 lead in the first game. But Albany pulled to within 5-4 in the fifth before adding five runs in the sixth.

BOWDOIN SPLITS WITH MIDDLEBURY: John Lefeber had two RBI and scored the go-ahead run to lead Bowdoin (22-16) to a 5-2 victory over the Panthers (14-17) in the first game of a doubleheader at Middlebury, Vt.

Michael Morris’ homer helped Middlebury to a 2-1 win in the second game.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 11, NAVY PREP 3: Donnie Cray and Mike Crowley each had an RBI single as the Seawolves (20-16-1) broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning at South Portland.

Alex Brown finished with five RBI and four hits.

MEN’S LACROSSE

BOWDOIN 10, TRINITY 8: Chris Williamson made 21 saves, and Nathan Fritts and Keegan Mehlhorn scored three goals apiece as the Polar Bears (13-4) advanced to today’s NESCAC final with a victory against Trinity (10-6) at Medford, Mass.