WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Bowdoin softball team’s record-breaking season ended Saturday with a second loss in the NCAA Division III regionals.

Hayler Feindel pitched a seven-hitter and struck out seven as Coast Guard defeated the Polar Bears 5-1 in an elimination game.

Amanda Frederick had three hits and three RBI for the third-seeded Bears (32-9), who opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first inning and made it 2-0 on a two-out RBI double by Frederick in the third.

The fourth-seeded Polar Bears (34-14) cut the deficit when Hillary Smyth led off the bottom of the third with a double and later scored on an illegal pitch.

Smyth finished with two doubles, and Kara Nilan added three hits and gave up just two earned runs while pitching a seven-hitter.

Bowdoin finished with a school-record 34 wins, and seniors Laurel Clark, Clare Ronan, Julia Jacobs, Jamie Paul, Lauren Coven and Shavonne Lord ended their careers with a record 105 wins.


USM ELIMINATED: Mark McCormack hit a grand slam in a six-run second inning as fourth-ranked UMass-Boston (28-15) wiped out a 2-0 deficit and defeated Southern Maine 7-3 in the Little East final at Mansfield, Conn.

The sixth-seeded Huskies (22-21-1) advanced to the championship round earlier Saturday by knocking off top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State (30-13) when David Ricker homered leading off the seventh for an 8-7 victory.

USM tied the game in the fifth on Ricker’s sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk to Mike Eaton.

In the final, the Huskies opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Collin Henry and a double steal, with Anthony Pisani scoring from third.


MAINE, ALBANY SPLIT: Michael Fransoso hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Tony Patane had a two-run single in the fourth to help the Black Bears (29-20, 12-7 America East) earn a 9-5 win in the opener at Orono, but the Great Danes (10-35, 9-11) got three RBI apiece from Nolan Gaige and Mike Tirri to take a 12-5 win in Game 2.


COLBY 10, SUNY CORTLAND 9: Anne Geraghty scored from Caroline Atwater with 4:37 remaining as ninth-seeded Colby (15-4) rallied from a 9-6 deficit in the final 13 minutes to beat fifth-seeded SUNY Cortland (17-3) in an NCAA Division III second-round game at Clinton, N.Y.


MCBRIDE LEAVES COLBY: Lori Gear McBride was named head coach at Vermont, replacing Sharon Dawley, who left to become head coach at Massachusetts.

“Vermont is a program I have revered since my childhood,” McBride said in a press release. “I grew up watching and following the program and I will work tirelessly to continue its tradition of excellence.”

McBride coach at Colby for five years and led the Mules to a 24-5 record last season, the most successful in school history. The Mules set a school record for wins and reached the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time.

Vermont has won the America East title five times and has reached the NCAA Division I tournament six times.

A graduate of North Carolina, McBride played on the 1994 national championship team. Col-by was her first head-coaching job.


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