HENNIKER, N.H. – A resilient University of Maine at Farmington softball team (1-9, 0-4) could not overcome early game deficits with losses of, 5-1, and 10-7, on Sunday in a doubleheader with Johnson State College.
Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) had two hits and scored a run in the opening game of the day. After Johnson crushed a two-run home run in the first inning, the Beavers got on back in the fourth inning. Clark powered a triple and later scored when the ball was thrown out-of-play on the relay.
Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) pitched a complete game and struck out three Badgers.
In game two, the Beavers fell behind early but climbed back into the game in the late innings.
After getting on the board with an RBI groundout from Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine), the Badgers put an eight spot in the bottom of the frame.
In the fourth, Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) drove in Clark from second after Clark led off the inning with a single.
The Beavers answered back with two runs in the fifth. Shelby Bryant led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on the next play on an infield ground out. Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) stepped up, slapped an RBI single to left field and then advanced to second on an error. Two batters later, Lust hit a single of her own to plate Bond from second, edging the Beavers closer, 8-4.
Johnson stole two runs back from UMF in the fifth for the, 10-4, advantage. UMF did not walk away quietly as the Beavers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning. A two-out rally started with a Lust single, then Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine) followed with an RBI double. Grover grabbed her second hit of the contest with a two-run single, apart of her three runs batted in during game two.
Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered two hits while striking out one batter. Abby Burdin (Guilford, Maine) pitched nearly three innings of relief and also recorded a strikeout.
UMaine-Farmington hosts Thomas on Monday with a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.