BOSTON — Alexis Brown lined a first inning two-run triple and Lauren Leidemann-Smith followed with a run-scoring single as the University of Southern Maine rolled to an 8-0 win in five innings to secure a sweep in a softball doubleheader Tuesday over UMass-Boaton.

Leadoff hitter Erin Martin led the Huskies (24-1-1)  with three hits, including a double. Leidemann-Smith and Brown each went 2 for 3 and Rona Scott and Ashley Tinsman each chipped in a pair of hits.

Samantha Hauck was 2 for 3 with a two-run home run to lead USM to an 11-5 win in the opener.


SOUTHERN MAINE 8, UMASS-BOSTON 1:  The Huskies (17-8) pulled away with five runs in the bottom of the eighth, powered by a bases-clearing double by Cam Seymour, downing the Beacons (3-4) at Gorham.

Andrew Hillier and Janek Luksza each went 2 for 4 for Southern Maine, and Brogan Searle-Belanger added a two-run double in the eighth.


Starter Bryce Afthim picked up the win, throwing seven scoreless innings, fanning five and walking one.


WEST VIRGINIA: All-Big 12 forward Derek Culver has decided to skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

Culver announced Monday night on Instagram that he has signed with an agent.

Culver was named to the all-Big 12 first team as a junior. The 6-foot-10 Culver was second on the Mountaineers with a scoring average of 14.3 and led the Big 12 with 9.4 rebounds per game. He had 11 double-doubles this past season, but none over his final seven games.

West Virginia’s roster has seen an extensive makeover since the Mountaineers lost to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to finish the season 19-10.

Coach Bob Huggins this month announced the signings of DePaul forward Pauly Paulicap, Florida International forward Dimon Carrigan,and Old Dominion guard Malik Curry as graduate transfers.

West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews transferred to Washington, and guard Jordan McCabe transferred to UNLV. Guards Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil and Miles McBride have announced they will enter the NBA draft process and leave open the option of returning to school.

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