BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (1-5, 0-2) rallied in its final at-bat, but fell, 5-4, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader with the University of New England on Thursday afternoon, with the Nor'easters eventually sweeping the series at Claude Dubois Field.
Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine) helped the Beavers get the ball rolling with a leadoff double and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) drove Bryant home with a sacrifice bunt of her own.
Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) led off the second inning with a single down the right field line and was aggressive on the base paths. Clark advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt on the next play. Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine) gave the Beavers a, 2-0, lead with an RBI groundout.
UNE powered together a two-out scoring spree to even the score in the third inning. The Nor'easters' offense came alive with three straight hits, including a triple and a double. UNE added two more in the fifth inning with a two-run double.
The Beavers put together a rally of their own to tie the game when the team was down to their last out. Bryant singled to the right side to bring UMF within a run, and then moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine) came through in the clutch with a single up the middle to even the score at, 4-4.
UNE claimed the victory with a walk-off single in the bottom of the frame.
Bryant and Bond each had a solid first game at the plate with a pair of hits and drove in a run. Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) started on the mount and pitched six solid innings with a strikeout and two earned runs.
The night cap of the doubleheader was a different story for the Beavers, falling, 6-1. The Beavers only manufactured one run which came in the first inning. Clark doubled to the right center gap and then Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) lined a single up the middle for the score.
Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) got the start in game two and pitched 5 1/3 innings, and struck out one UNE batter.
UMaine-Farmington faces conference rival Thomas College for a doubleheader on Wednesday.