April 8, 2013

College Roundup: Maine solidifies conference lead with two wins

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ORONO - Mike Connolly singled home a run and scored during a five-run sixth inning in the opener, then scored the winning run and earned a save in the second game as the University of Maine swept an America East baseball doubleheader Sunday against Binghamton, 5-2 and 3-2.

The Black Bears (17-14 overall, 8-3 America East) maintained their hold on first place in the conference by erasing 2-0 deficits in each game.

Maine's rally in the opener began with a single by Michael Fransoso, who eventually scored on a passed ball. Singles by Scott Heath, Eric White, Connolly and Troy Black brought home two more runs, and Colin Gay hit a two-run double.

Tommy Lawrence (5-2) pitched a seven-hitter with seven strikeouts to earn his fourth straight win.

A two-run homer by Jake Thomas in the first inning of Game 2 gave Binghamton (14-11, 5-6) a 2-0 lead, which held until Maine scored three runs in the fifth on a double by Alex Calbick, singles by Brian Doran and Connolly and a double by Troy Black.

A.J. Bazdanes (4-3) allowed five hits in seven innings before Connolly finished up with two perfect innings of relief.

UMASS-BOSTON 11, ST. JOSEPH'S 5: Nic Lops went 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs for the Monks (14-7) in a loss to the Beacons (9-8) at Brockton, Mass.

The Monks led 5-0 before UMass-Boston rallied for six runs in the seventh and five in the eighth.

SMCC SPLITS WITH DEAN: Alex Brown had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for Southern Maine Community College (15-13-1) in a 12-8 win at Franklin, Mass.

The Seawolves lost the second game, 5-1.

SOFTBALL

ST. JOSEPH'S SWEEPS MT. IDA: Theresa Hendrix hit a two-run single during a four-run third inning for the Monks (19-5, 11-3 GNAC) in a 5-2 victory over the Mustangs (9-14, 3-9) at Newton, Mass.

In Game 2, Heather Tripp had a pair of hits, drove in three runs and scored once to pace a 10-hit attack for the Monks, who cruised to a 10-0 win in five innings.

ALBANY SWEEPS MAINE: Charlise Castro belted a three-run homer in the second game as the Great Danes (18-7, 5-0 America East) completed a sweep against the Black Bears (5-28, 2-3) with an 8-4 victory after winning the opener 5-2 at Orono.

Hannah Hill had two hits, including a home run, for Maine in the first game. EmJ Fogel had a pair of hits and two RBI in Game 2.

ENDICOTT SWEEPS UNE: Sam DiBella and Krista Fales combined for 11 hits and five RBI while leading the Gulls (4-10, 4-0 Commonwealth Coast) to 8-0 and 10-8 victories over the University of New England (11-9, 5-5) at Beverly, Mass.

Adrienne Chase hit a pair of two-run homers in the second game for UNE, which grabbed a 6-5 lead in the fourth inning on two-run doubles by Amanda Vallente and Amanda Vaudreuil. But Endicott countered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth on two-run singles by Byrne Katz and Kelley Michael.

SMCC SWEPT BY DEAN: The Seawolves fell 16-2 in the opener and lost 8-0 in Game 2 at Franklin, Mass.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

TRINITY 8, COLBY 4: Shea Kusiak tallied twice as the defending national champion Bantams (9-0, 6-0 NESCAC) scored the final four goals to defeat the Mules (8-1, 5-1) at Waterville.

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