BIDDEFORD — Marie Mantelli had a two-run single to spark a six-run third inning as the University of New England beat the University of Southern Maine 8-1 to earn a split of a softball doubleheader on Wednesday.

The Huskies (5-15) scored 14 runs over the second and third innings to cruise to a 16-6 win in the opener.

Lauren DiCecco had a two-run homer, and Sarah Cusack and Sarah Deroche each had a two-run triple for USM.

Erin Lyons pitched a six-hitter with six strikeouts for UNE (15-5) in the opener.


COLBY SWEEPS THOMAS: Lauren Becker pitched a three-hitter and Alex Essman singled to score Alyssa Lepore, who had tripled, as the Mules (4-10) won the opener 1-0 over the visiting Terriers (7-8) at Waterville.

Barbara Santos had four hits and Lepore added three as Colby completed the sweep with a 5-4 win. Samantha Moore had a two-run homer for the Terriers.


COLBY 14, UM-FARMINGTON 1: The Mules (9-5) scored seven times in the second inning to take charge against the Beavers (0-10) at Waterville.


MAINE 20, THOMAS 0: The Black Bears (15-13) scored 13 runs in the first inning and routed the Terriers (6-12) at Orono.

Joe Mercurio had four hits, including a grand slam, and drove in five runs, and Tyler Patzalek hit a three-run homer.


ENDICOTT 16, UNE 7: The Gulls (6-4, 5-1 Commonwealth Coast) scored six goals in each of the second and third periods to pull away from the Nor’easters (4-7, 1-5) at Beverly, Mass.

Dylan Thomas and Tyler Thomas each had one goal and two assists for UNE.


BOWDOIN 11, COLBY 10: Russell Halliday had five goals and an assist, and Adam Tracy added four goals to lead the Polar Bears (4-5) over the Mules (5-4) at Brunswick.

Dan Flahive had three goals and two assists for Colby.


BATES 15, USM 5: Molly Dilworth had a goal and two assists to lead the Bobcats (4-4) over the Huskies (4-5) at Lewiston.

Maggie Reilly, Joan O’Neill, Lindsay Thompson and Jenna Dannis each scored two goals for Bates.

Jess Knight scored two goals for USM.


ST. JOSEPH’S 18, SIMMONS 13: Lauren Hagerman had four goals and three assists to lead St. Joseph’s (7-0-1) over Simmons (3-4) at Standish.

Alyssa Marchant added four goals and one assist, and Amelia Santos had two goals and two assists.


BOWDOIN 14, COLBY 7: Katie Stewart and McKenna Teague each scored three goals to lead Bowdoin (6-3) over Colby (7-2) at Brunswick.


ENDICOTT 18, UNE 8: Danielle Cate had four goals for the Nor’easters (7-2, 5-1 Commonwealth Coast) in a loss to the Gulls (8-2, 6-0) at Beverly, Mass.


FLORIDA: Junior forward Alex Tyus, the team’s leading rebounder, plans to make himself eligible for the NBA draft but doesn’t plan to hire an agent, meaning he will have until May 8 to withdraw his name and return to school for his senior season.


KENTUCKY: Freshmen All-Americans John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were among five players who declared for the NBA draft , along with two other freshmen, guard Eric Bledsoe and center Daniel Orton, and junior forward Patrick Patterson.


UMAINE: A program-high 71 players will report to spring practice for the Black Bears at 5:45 this morning.

Controlled scrimmages will take place April 17 and 24, and the 15-practice schedule will conclude with the Jeff Cole scrimmage at 10 a.m. May 1.

Several players are returning from injuries or postseason surgery and will have limited contact during the spring workouts, including quarterback Warren Smith, who had surgery to repair a broken left foot, and fullback Jared Turcotte of Lewiston, who underwent two lower abdominal surgeries last season.


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