BRUNSWICK — A wild pitch was all that separated the Bowdoin and University of New England softball teams Monday.

With Polar Bears pitcher Melissa DellaTorre mowing down the Nor’easters, Tracy Shirley scored on a wild pitch to lift the Polar Bears (20-15) to a 1-0 win over the Nor’easters (23-15) in the opening game of a nonconference doubleheader.

DellaTorre struck out 10 batters while pitching a six-hitter to pick up the win. Julie Bigelow started the opener for UNE and gave up the unearned run while allowing four hits and one walk.

In the nightcap, Molly Nestor had three hits and scored two runs and Hanna Wurgaft and Gen Barlow drove in two runs apiece as Bowdoin downed the Nor’easters 8-0 in six innings.

Barlow also scored two runs and Tricia Thibodeau struck out seven and walked two while pitching a three-hitter to earn the win for the Polar Bears.


BATES SWEEPS THOMAS: Caroline Gattuso and Kristen Finn each threw complete-game shutouts to lead the Bobcats (10-10) to a sweep of the Terriers (18-12) in a nonconference doubleheader at Lewiston.

In the opener, Gattuso struck out seven while pitching a five-hitter and Kelly McManus drove in a pair of runs to lift Bates to a 2-0 victory.

Bates cruised to a 9-0, five-inning win in the second game behind two hits, two RBI and two runs scored from AnnaMarie Martino.


ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS ALBERTUS MAGNUS: Heather Tripp had a pair of hits and drove in four runs and Kiera Walsh struck out eight batters while throwing a two-hitter to lead the Monks (29-7, 19-3) to an 11-0, five-inning win over the Falcons (0-27, 0-22) in the opening game of a GNAC doubleheader at Standish.

St. Joseph’s completed the sweep with a 14-2, five-inning win in game two behind three RBI apiece from Emily Leverone and Lindsay Moore.


ALBANY 7, MAINE 6: Jeff Welch hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the 12th inning to lift the Great Danes (14-20, 6-4) to a win over the Black Bears (15-21, 5-5) in an America East game at Orono.

Maine trailed 6-4 going into the ninth but rallied to tie the game on an RBI double by Taylor Lewis followed by an RBI triple from Michael Fransoso with two outs in the inning.


ST. JOSEPH’S 10, GORDON 5: Sam Butts went 2 for 3 with five RBI and two runs scored to pace the Monks (6-25) as they scored four runs in both the second and third innings and cruised to a nonconference win over the Fighting Scots (10-5) at Wenham, Mass.


KEENE ST. 15, USM 7: Jill Kirk, Jamie Albert and Lauren Brown scored three goals apiece to lead the Owls (8-5, 4-1 Little East) past the Huskies (6-9, 3-1) at Portland.


OHIO STATE: In a sharply worded rebuke of Coach Jim Tressel, the NCAA accused the 10-year coach of withholding information and lying to keep Buckeyes players on the field who had accepted improper benefits from the owner of a tattoo parlor.

In a “notice of allegations” sent to the school, the NCAA said Monday that the violations relating to the coach are considered “potential major violations.”

Ohio State was not cited for the most serious of institutional breaches since Tressel hid information from his superiors for more than nine months.