The bats fell silent for the University of Maine softball team this weekend, as they dropped a doubleheader at Stony Brook University on Saturday before rain ended Sunday’s finale with a 1-1 tie.
The Seawolves took a 1-0 lead two innings into the first game of the series after some small-ball moved sophomore second baseman Jessica Combs into scoring position. A single to third by senior right fielder Suzanne Karath plated Combs.
The Black Bears were able to sprinkle a few hits throughout the opening innings off freshman pitcher Allison Cukrov but couldn’t tie any together.
UMaine had a chance to get back into the game in the sixth inning after a couple of errors by Stony Brook helped load the bases, but sophomore center fielder Kylie Sparks struck out to end the inning.
The Seawolves put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting two runners in scoring position before Combs doubled to right-center field, putting Stony Brook up 3-0.
UMaine senior pitcher Ashley Kelley went five and one-third innings pitched, giving up seven hits and three runs while striking out one. Cukrov surrendered just three hits in seven innings.
With Cukrov on the mound in the second game, the Black Bears still didn’t fare well, falling 1-0 in a tight contest.
The lone run came in the bottom of the first inning, when Karath reached on a bunt single. Senior center fielder Alyssa Hawley would single, moving Karath to second. After stealing third, Karath would score after an error by UMaine sophomore left fielder Dagmar Ralphs.
UMaine junior pitcher Beth Spoehr picked up the loss, going six innings, allowing six hits and one run. Cukrov picked up her 20th win of the season, pitching a complete game shutout, giving up six hits.
In the series finale, the Black Bears and Seawolves had to play for a draw after the game was called in extra innings due to rain at 1-1.
UMaine senior shortstop Jennifer Eberhardt got the Black Bears going right away, putting one over the fence in the top of the first inning. It would be one of just four UMaine hits on the day.
Stony Brook got the run back in the bottom of the second after sophomore first baseman Nicole Hagerty doubled. Freshman designated hitter Lauren Kamachi drove Hagerty in during the next at bat with a single up the middle.
Kelley went seven innings, giving up eight hits, one run and one walk while striking out one. Stony Brook sophomore pitcher Christine Lucido went the first three innings, giving up two hits, one run and a walk. Cukrov finished the game, allowing two hits.
The Black Bears fall to 11-26-1 on the season and will host Saint Joseph’s College on Wednesday before a weekend series against the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Orono.