NASHUA, N.H. — St. Joseph’s stayed alive in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference softball tournament Saturday with a pair of victories.

Liddy van der Linden had a two-run homer and Ellen Neff and Danyelle Shufelt each knocked in three runs as the Monks (30-9) avoided elimination with a 14-5 win over Norwich (13-24). Kiera Walsh allowed five hits and two earned runs.

St. Joseph’s then got consecutive home runs from Emily Leverone, van der Linden and Alyssa Dunn during an eight-run fifth inning to rally to an 11-3 win over Simmons (23-12) in another elimination game. Reliever Maddie Kluna went 31/3 scoreless innings for the win. 

MAINE, UMBC SPLIT: Alex Souhlaris homered in the seventh inning to give the Black Bears (19-22, 8-3 America East) a 3-2 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County (22-20, 3-8) in the opening game at Orono.

The Retrievers won the second game, 4-1. 

UNE, CURRY SPLIT: Marie Mantelli broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run homer in the seventh inning and finished with five RBI to lead the Nor’easters (24-12, 17-7 Commonwealth Coast) to an 8-4 win over the Colonels (18-19, 13-11) in the opener at Milton, Mass.

Curry won the second game 4-0 on an eight-hitter by Amanda Peters. Maegen Johnson and Casey Brigham each had two hits for UNE. 

E. CONN. STATE SWEEPS USM: Molly Rathbun moved to 15-1 with both wins as the Warriors (20-3-1, 7-0 Little East) took 8-3 and 6-5 decisions against the Huskies (8-26, 4-6) at Gorham.

The Huskies took a 5-4 lead in Game 2 on Lauren DiCecco’s three-run homer in the second inning. Rathbun tied it with a home run in the fifth, then held USM scoreless in the sixth after coming in to pitch with runners at first and third and no outs. 

COLBY SWEEPS BATES: Brittany Tasi and Lauren Becker each threw shutouts and Alex Essman homered in both games to lead the Mules (11-16, 3-6 NESCAC) to a 5-0, 6-0 sweep over the Bobcats (4-19, 0-10) at Waterville.

Kelly McManus had two hits for Bates in the opener, and Kiely Webster added two hits in Game 2. 

BOWDOIN SWEEPS TRINITY: Center fielder Hillary Smyth had three hits and three RBI and threw out the potential tying run in the last inning as the Polar Bears (27-10, 6-3 NESCAC) won the opener 6-5 against the Bantams (19-10, 8-3) at Brunswick.

Kara Nilan pitched a five-hitter as Bowdoin completed the sweep with a 4-0 victory.


BOWDOIN, TUFTS SPLIT: Matt Ruane, Joe Comizio and Adam Marquit homered to lead the Polar Bears (21-10, 4-5 NESCAC) to a 12-4 win over the Jumbos (21-4, 9-2) in the second game at Brunswick. Tufts rallied for a 7-5 win in the opener. 

SMCC, NHTI SPLIT: Mustafa Jamal pitched a three-hitter and Nate Leeman singled, tripled and drove in four runs to lead the Seawolves (19-18) to an 8-5 win in the opener at South Portland. New Hampshire Tech won the second game, 9-5. 

MAINE SWEEPS HARTFORD: Tony Patane was 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI as the Black Bears (22-16, 2-7 America East) swept the Hawks (8-23, 6-3) at Orono, 14-7 and 4-1.

After falling behind 5-2 after two innings in the opener, Maine rallied with 10 runs in the next three innings. Taylor Lewis hit a three-run homer in the fourth and Joe Mercurio had a two-run double in the fifth. 

USM SWEEPS PLYMOUTH STATE: Collin Henry pitched a three-hitter and drove in three runs to lead the Huskies (16-13, 5-3 Little East) to a 10-0 win over the Panthers (5-21, 1-9) in the opener at Gorham.

Christian Hamilton scored on a double steal in the eighth inning for a 6-5 second-game victory. 

BATES SWEEPS COLBY: The Bobcats (19-8, 5-4 NESCAC) scored five times in the seventh inning to rally past Colby (11-13, 2-10) for a 7-3 win in the opener, then rode a grand slam by Gordy Webb to a 7-2 victory in the second game at Waterville. 

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS NORWICH: Ben Grant-Roy was 7 for 8 with four runs and two RBI, and Ian Lee was 4 for 8 with two runs and six RBI as the Monks (26-10, 11-3 GNAC) took 10-6 and 11-2 wins over the Cadets (7-26, 5-9) at Standish.

Travis Adams added six hits and four RBI for St. Joseph’s.


CASTLETON STATE 16, ST. JOSEPH’S 7: The Spartans (7-5, 7-1 North Atlantic) scored five goals in the first 3:31 and cruised past the Monks (7-7, 2-4) at Standish.

Spencer Hunt and Sean Flanagan each had a goal and an assist for the Monks. 

TRINITY 9, BATES 5: The Bantams (8-6, 2-6 NESCAC) scored three goals in the final 7:28 to pull away from the Bobcats (4-7, 0-7) at Hartford, Conn.

Rob Highland and David Barrett scored two goals apiece to pace Bates. 

COLBY 12, CONN. COLLEGE 9: Whit McCarthy scored six goals, including the winner, as the Mules (9-5, 4-4 NESCAC) handed the visiting Camels (13-1, 7-1) their first loss. 

BOWDOIN 12, WILLIAMS 5: Billy Bergner scored three goals, and the Polar Bears (8-5, 5-3 NESCAC) scored the first seven goals and cruised past the Ephs (5-8, 4-4) at Brunswick.

Owen Smith and Steve Thomas each added two goals for the Polar Bears. 

SALEM STATE 10, USM 7: Brendan Gill made 20 saves as the Vikings (9-5, 3-2 Little East) beat the Huskies (2-10, 0-5) at Gorham.

Kayle Hamilton scored twice for the Huskies. 

UNE 11, NICHOLS 1: Tyler Thomas, Michael Woods and Eric Santos each scored two goals to lead the Nor’easters (6-10, 2-8 Commonwealth Coast) past the Bison (5-10, 2-8) at Biddeford.


E. CONN. STATE 17, USM 16: The Warriors (5-8, 3-1 Little East) built a 15-12 lead with 13:19 left, then held off the Huskies (6-8, 0-3) at Mansfield, Conn.

Jessica Knight had six of her seven goals as USM raced out to an 11-7 halftime lead. 

TRINITY 10, BATES 5: The Bantams (12-1, 7-1 NESCAC) closed with a 4-1 run to pull away from the Bobcats (6-6, 2-5) at Lewiston.

Joan O’Neill had three goals for Bates. 

BOWDOIN 13, WILLIAMS 12: Carolyn Gorajek scored four goals, including the winner in the third overtime, as the Polar Bears (9-4, 5-2 NESCAC) edged the Ephs (9-5, 4-4) at Williamstown, Mass.


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