UMF softball takes both ends of twinbill off ENC

QUINCY, Mass. -- The University of Maine at Farmington opened its 2013 slate with a pair of wins over Eastern Nazarene College, 5-4 and 6-4, Friday afternoon at Mitchell/McCoy Field.

The wins give Farmington (2-0) a pair of wins to open the season for the second straight year. Eastern Nazarene fell to 4-12 with the two losses.

Farmington got on the board early in the opening contest, tallying a pair of runs in the first inning. Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine/Hermon) drove in Michelle Cote (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) from third with a sacrifice fly to left to give the visitors a 1-0 edge. Amy Jones (Augusta, Maine/Cony) doubled the Beavers' advantage to 2-0 as she scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the frame.

The hosts cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with a score in the bottom of the first. Sam Losano laced a lead-off single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Carissa Cicolini. After taking third on a groundout by Britny Costa, Losano scampered home on a wild pitch.

The Lions claimed a one-run edge in the third, going ahead 3-2. Eastern Nazarene loaded the bases with one out and Sterling Marino drew a walk to even the game at 2-2. Cicolini scored the go-ahead run for the home team, jogging home as Abigail Moore was hit by a pitch.

Farmington scored three times in the fifth to restore its lead to 5-3. Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate Devin Fitzgerald (Casco, Maine/Lake Region) from third to even the game at 3-3. Barry's two-run single down the left field line drove in Jones and Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony).

Jones went 2-for-4 in game one with a double and two runs scored. Soule and Cote also finished with two hits. Losano chalked up four hits for Eastern Nazarene. UMF's Emma Vaillancourt (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) fanned four batters in two innings of work.

ENC pitcher Jamie Block hurled a complete game for the Lions and fanned two batters in her fourth appearance.

In game two, the Beavers captured a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Haley Berry (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) scored from third on an RBI double by Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine/Catherine McAuley) down the left field line to open the scoring. Bryant motored home from second base on an infield single by Dayle Jordan (Greene, Maine/St. Dominic).

Eastern Nazarene got a run back in the home half of the second as Kori Sorensen laced a single back up the middle to drive in Marino to pull the hosts to within one, 2-1.

Farmington added a run in the fourth to increase the margin to 3-1 as Bryant crossed home plate on a wild pitch with two outs in the inning.

The Lions knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. Marino raked a single down the left field line to lead off the frame and came around to score from first as Moore reached on a throwing error and moved up to third. Krystal Holl trotted home as Olivia Tovar grounded out with one away to level the contest.

In the top of the fifth, the Beavers reclaimed the lead on a three-run home run by Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy), 6-3.

Eastern Nazarene narrowed the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Sorensen landed a single in left field to plate Costa from third.

Soule picked up the complete game win for the Beavers in game two, scattering seven hits while allowing four runs. ENC's Cicolini struck out 10 batters in game two for the home side as she pitched her third complete game of the spring.

UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Tuesday, Apr. 2, when the Beavers head to Gordon College for two games.

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