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UMaine softball fall to UMBC and the University of Hartford.

On Sunday, April 7, the Black Bears fell to the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the last game of the three-game series. UMBC started off the scoring in the bottom of the third when first-year outfielder Courtney Coopersmith grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing the runner to score from third base. Coopersmith continued her hot day as she hit a single up the middle to score two more runs as UMBC took the 4-0 win and the 2-1 weekend series advantage.

On Saturday, April 13 the Black Bears fell to the University of Hartford Hawks, dropping their record to 8-21 on the season and 1-6 in the America East conference. Hartford scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when first-year infielder Paige Fedak homered down the left field line. That was the only run of the game as the winning pitcher for the Hawks was first-year Julianna Kocenski. The losing pitcher for the Black Bears was second-year pitcher Kyleigh O’Donnell.  

In the second game of the doubleheader the Black Bears fell to Hartford 4-2 as Maine’s record falls to 1-8 in their last nine games. Hartford’s second-year outfielder Nicolette Barranger and second-year catcher Danielle Rocheleau each scored for Hartford in the top of the first inning. The two runners crossed home plate with the help of errors committed by the Black Bears’ infield. After their first at-bat, the Hawks held a 2-0 lead. Maine tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs. First-year pitcher Kyo Enos, who pinch ran earlier in the inning, came around to score on an error committed by the Hartford catcher. Fourth-year infielder Laurine German drove home the other Black Bear run when she reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed the Black Bears to score. In the top of the seventh Hartford took the lead as Rocheleau doubled giving Hartford a 4-2 lead. The Black Bears could not rally in the bottom of the seventh and fell to 1-7 in the America East.

The Black Bears take on Holy Cross Thursday, April 18 at 2 and 4 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader. Maine then takes on the University of Albany Great Danes on Saturday, April 20 for a weekend series.

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