WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Maine had a season-high 17 hits Sunday on its way to an 11-3 win over Hartford in an America East softball game.

Erika Leonard led the Black Bears (23-18, 10-4 America East) with four hits, including a home run, a double, and finished with two RBI and three runs scored. Rachel Harvey also had four hits, along with a run scored and two RBI. Meghan Royle and Felicia Lennon hit home runs.

Hartford (6-39, 2-12) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Maine responded with two runs in the second on a bases loaded single by Kristen Niland. The Black Bears tacked on three runs in each of the next two innings to pull away for good.

Annie Kennedy picked up the win, giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in four innings.


MAINE 7, UMASS-LOWELL 4: Lou Della Fera hit a three-run home run as part of a four-run seventh inning to lead the Black Bears (15-27, 5-9 America East) over the River Hawks (17-23, 5-13) at Mahaney Diamond.

UMass-Lowell led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Fera’s home run gave Maine a 5-4 lead. The Black Bears added another run when Jeremy Pena scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Stypulkowski.

Colin Ridley went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBI, while Pena and Tyler Schwanz each added two hits.

Eddie Emerson picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits while striking out two in 21/3 innings of relief.

SOUTHERN MAINE SWEEPS FRAMINGHAM STATE: Sam Dexter went 8 for 11 and became the first USM player to get 300 career hits as he led the Huskies (25-11, 8-4 Little East) to a doubleheader sweep over the Rams (10-26) in Gorham.

Dexter was 4 for 5 with two runs scored in the first game as USM posted a 12-8 win. Brandon Martins and Sam Stauble each had two hits and two RBI.

Dexter went 4 for 6 in the second game with three doubles and two RBI as USM won 15-5. Paul McDonough added three hits and two RBI, and Nick Bowie had two hits and two RBI.

SMCC, MASSASOIT C.C. SPLIT: Amos Herrin and Nate Boyle each had strong pitching performances to help Southern Maine Community College (18-20, 11-6 YSCC) split a doubleheader against the Warriors (12-3, 6-6) in South Portland.

Herrin pitched a complete game in the opener, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five in a 2-0 loss. Joe Apon, Tim Rodrigues, Tucker Lee and Nathaniel Cyr picked up the only hits for the Seawolves.

Boyle allowed one run on seven hits while striking out nine as SMCC won the second game, 3-1. Juan Espinosa hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Seawolves.