FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington (5-21, 2-10) junior Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine) produced a pair of hits to break up a perfect game and drive home the eventual game-winning run in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader split with Castleton State College (17-10, 8-2). The Spartans silenced UMF in game one, 11-0, but the Beavers bounced back in the second game and held on for the, 1-0, win.
Castleton starter Kayla Wood (Dummerston, Vt.) was in line for a perfect game until Bond had other plans in the fourth inning. Bond lined Wood's pitch back up the middle for UMF's lone hit of the contest.
Emily Vitone (Westminster, Mass.) threw her eighth complete game of the season with a strike out and scattered five earned runs over 11 hits.
Bond was the hero in the second game with an RBI single to left field in the fifth inning. Alison Hamilton (Portsmouth, R.I.) started the inning off with an infield single and then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Bond stepped to the plate and drove in the decisive run with one out.
The Spartans pushed UMF starter Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C.) with a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning. With one out, Sami Carlo (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) lined a grounder to Natasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine) at the hot corner and DeRoche threw home for the force out. Fowler got out of the jam by getting the next batter to line out to Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine) at shortstop.
Fowler pitched a complete game shutout with four strikeouts, issued three walks, and allowed five hits.
UMaine-Farmington wraps up the regular season with a doubleheader with Bates College on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Castleton will conclude the regular season on Tuesday at Johnson State.
Saturday's doubleheader also marked the "You Can Play" game for UMF and the North Atlantic Conference. To find out more information about the NAC's involvement with"You Can Play," visit the NAC You Can Play webpage.