UMF softball bows out in two at NAC tourney

UMF softball bows out in two at NAC tourney

BANGOR, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team dropped its first two games on Friday and was eliminated from the North Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament, taking place at Husson University's O'Keefe Softball Complex.

The fifth-seeded Beavers opened with a 6-0 loss to top-seeded Husson in the day's first game, then dropped an elimination game to Lyndon State, 3-2.

Husson plated three runs in the second inning of its win over Farmington, with Breanna Martin singling home two runs in the frame. The Eagles added two more in the fourth on Courtney Hill's RBI single back to the pitcher, with a pair of Beaver errors stretching the inning and finally resulting in Hill scoring on a double steal of home and second.

Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) got the start in the circle for the Beavers, and was charged with the loss after allowing five runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk. Kaitlyn Bartlett (Chesterville, Maine/Mt. Blue), Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine/Hermon) and Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy).

The Beavers' season came to a close with Lyndon State's two runs in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 1-1 tie and lifting the Hornets to the win.

Lyndon State's Katie Davis singled through the left side to score Jen Lynch and Taylor Young. Lynch got aboard with a single to lead off the inning, while Young reached on a fielding error at third.

Davis retired the Beavers in order in the top of the seventh to clinch the win.

Farmington picked up single runs in the first and third innings and held a 2-1 lead prior to Lyndon's rally in the bottom of the sixth. Bartlett's one-out grounder to second allowed Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine/Catherine McAuley) to score in the first. Bartlett was also responsible for the Beavers' run in the third, again plating Bryant this time on a base hit up the middle.

Bryant finished 2-for-5 at the plate over the two games, while Bartlett was 2-for-6 with two runs batted in. Soule again took the loss in game two, despite yielding just one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts.

UMaine-Farmington finishes its season 11-16 overall, with a 7-9 conference record.

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