ORONO – Mike Connolly drove home the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Troy Black followed with a bunt single to drive in the winner as Maine overcame an early 8-1 deficit to beat Colby 9-8 in a baseball game on Tuesday.
Brian Doran started the winning rally for the Black Bears (22-14) with a one-out single to right. One out later, Eric White singled through the right side and Doran advanced to second base. Connolly doubled home Doran with the tying run and, with White on third base, Black laid down a perfect bunt for the winning run.
Colby (7-12), ahead 3-1 after two innings, expanded the lead to 8-1 with a five-run third — highlighted by Nathan Ellis’ two-run single.
Black homered to cap a three-run fourth for Maine, and a Michael Fransoso single scored two more in the seventh to pull Maine within 8-7.
USM 12, UMASS-BOSTON 6: Nick Grady drove home three runs and scored twice, and John Carey had two RBI and two runs scored to lead Southern Maine (21-3, 5-0) to its 15th consecutive victory, an LEC win over UMass-Boston (10-14, 4-3) at Brockton, Mass.
Forrest Chadwick singled home a run and also scored to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead in the first inning. USM led 3-2 before pulling away with a three-run fifth, keyed by Grady’s two-run double.
ST. JOSEPH’S, UNE SPLIT: Heather Tripp hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as the Monks (23-7) rallied for an 11-9 win over the Nor’easters (17-14-1) in the opener of a doubleheader at Biddeford.
St. Joseph’s entered the final inning down 9-6, but got an RBI single from Danyelle Shufelt and a sacrifice fly from Connie Grovo before Tripp’s blast.
In the second game, UNE’s Adrienne Chase hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth for a 4-3 win.
PLYMOUTH STATE SWEEPS USM: Calli DeGrace hit a two-run homer in the opener and had three hits and three runs scored in the second game to help the Panthers (20-11, 5-3 Little East) take 4-2 and 12-0 wins over the Huskies (5-23, 1-7) at Plymouth, N.H.
Stefanie Stockwell had three hits and two RBI for Southern Maine.
BOWDOIN SWEEPS UM-FARMINGTON: Gen Barlow went 4 for 6 with two home runs and six RBI to lead the Polar Bears (20-9) to 5-1 and 12-6 wins over the Beavers (9-11) at Brunswick.
Victoria Rusch, Katie Gaely and Nicole Nelson each drove in two for Bowdoin in the second game.
HUSSON SWEEPS COLBY: Becca McCarty and Amanda Ryan each threw three-hit shutouts as the Eagles (19-8-1) took 3-0 and 5-0 victories over Colby (8-11) in Waterville.
USM 13, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 10: Anh Nguyen scored three goals during a 5-0 second-half run that gave the Huskies (9-4, 3-0 Little East) an 11-9 lead over the Anchorwomen (4-7, 0-4) at Gorham.
Nguyen started the spurt with 8:06 remaining, then struck again 34 seconds later. She added the go-ahead goal with 5:33 left, just 24 seconds after Rosie Forster tied it.
Jacki Kelly also had three goals for Southern Maine.
BOWDOIN 11, COLBY 10: Carolyn Gorajek, awarded a free-position shot, whipped home the winning score with 2:02 remaining in the third overtime to lift the Polar Bears (10-2, 7-2) to a NESCAC win over Colby (9-2, 7-2) in Brunswick.
Gorajek finished with four goals and two assists for Bowdoin, and Jordan Smith had three goals and Betsy Sachs added two.
Katharine Eddy and Lindsey McKenna had two goals each for the Mules.
MT. IDA 8, ST. JOSEPH’S 4: The Mustangs (8-7, 7-1 GNAC) scored four unanswered goals in the final 8:16 to down the Monks (7-8, 6-2) at Portland.
Dalton Eldridge had a goal and an assist for St. Joseph’s. Jake Ricciardi, Austin Watts and Andrew Sullivan also scored.
COLBY 8, BOWDOIN 6: John Jennings had four goals and one assist to lead the Mules (6-7, 2-6 NESCAC) to a win over Bowdoin (7-5, 5-4) in Waterville.
Connor O’Toole led the Polar Bears with two goals.
TUFTS 14, BATES 7: The Jumbos (10-3, 6-2 NESCAC) broke away from a 4-4 tie with a 5-0 run en route to a win over Bates (6-5, 4-4) at Medford, Mass.
Rob Highland scored five goals for the Bobcats.
The University of New England announced its women’s hockey team was accepted into the Eastern College Athletic Conference, starting in the 2014-15 season. Franklin Pierce will also join the conference, bringing it to 14 teams.