ORONO — Justin Courtney pitched a seven-hitter in the opener as Maine split a baseball doubleheader Friday against Manhattan, with a 3-1 win in Game 1 and a 6-4 loss in Game 2.
Courtney (3-3) struck out seven and walk none in the nine-inning first game. Tyler Schwanz drove in two runs for the Black Bears (10-17), including the tiebreaking run that scored when his sixth-inning grounder resulted in an error.
In Game 2, Maine scored four runs in the fourth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit. Cody Pasic and Jonathan Bennett each hit an RBI double, and Colin Ridley added an RBI single.
Manhattan (9-21) regained the lead in the fifth, however, when Michael Pfenninger tripled home the tying run and scored on a single by Brendan Bisset.
BOWDOIN 3, TRINITY 1: Brandon Lopez allowed just four hits and hit a pair of RBI singles as the Polar Bears (8-12, 1-3 NESCAC) defeated the Bantams (12-10, 3-4) at Brunswick.
Lopez singled home Ejazz Jiu in the third inning to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead, then drove in Jiu again the seventh to make it 3-0 after Jiu hit an RBI single.
Lopez finished with three hits.
NICHOLS 11, ST. JOSEPH’S 6: The Bison (14-11) scored six runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the Monks (18-4) in Dudley, Massachusetts.
Dennis Meehan and Noah McDaniel led St. Joseph’s with three hits apiece. Jameson Collins added two hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning.
TUFTS 6, COLBY 2: Speros Varinos struck out 13 and Will Shackelford had two run-producing hits for the Jumbos (17-2-1, 3-1 NESCAC) in a win over the Mules (5-15, 1-6) at Waterville.
Tufts, the top-ranked Division III team in New England, got a run in the first and two in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Shackelford’s RBI double highlighted a three-run sixth.
Colby scored its runs on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Mulberry in the fifth and a home run by Andrew Sterup in the eighth.
UNE SWEPT: Alyssa Murphy went 3 for 4 with two RBI and also was the winning pitcher as Roger Williams (19-13, 10-4 Commonwealth Coast) completed a doubleheader sweep of the Nor’easters (9-11, 5-7) with a 4-3 victory after winning the opener, 10-1.
Lauren Gerhard hit a two-run single for UNE in Game 2, and Sydney Helmbrecht drove in the lone run in Game 1.
BOWDOIN 8, COLBY 0: Allison Rutz pitched a two-hitter and hit a two-run double as the Polar Bears (18-6, 3-1 NESCAC) shut out the Mules (7-13, 0-4) in a five-inning game at Waterville.
Rutz fanned two and walked none while facing only 17 batters.
Bowdoin took the lead in the first on a Caroline Rice’s RBI single, and Ali Miller made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the second. Rutz’s double highlighted a three-run second.
Robin Spofford got both Colby hits and stole a base.
MAINE: Dor Saar, a 5-foot-6 point guard from Ma’anit, Israel, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Black Bears.
“Dor is a true point guard who has a very high basketball IQ,” said Amy Vachon, Maine’s interim coach. “She can shoot the 3, attack the rim and knows how to deliver the ball to the open teammate at the right time. Dor will bring a feistiness and competitiveness to our team that fans will love.”
COLBY: Holley Tyng has been named the Mules’ head coach after serving in an interim capacity this past season.
Colby went 2-19-3 in 2016-17, winning its final two games.