Softball Drops Conference Opener at NEC

Softball Drops Conference Opener at NEC

HENNIKER, N.H. -- University of Maine at Farmington softball (1-14, 0-2) could not get past North Atlantic Conference frontrunner New England College (13-13, 4-0) by falling in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Beavers were topped in the first game 6-1 and then 8-3 in the second game.

Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine/Mt. Blue) was 2-for-2 in the first game with a double. Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) and Tasha DeRoshe (Peru, Maine/Dirigo) also recorded hits for UMF in the opening contest. Kylie Cunningham (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) came through with an RBI groundout in the seventh inning to plate UMF's lone run. 

Cunningham crushed a two-run single in the top of the first inning of the second game and gave the Beavers an early 2-0 lead. 

NEC came back with three runs in its first two trips to the plate but UMF tied the game in the top of the third inning. Bond drew a leadoff walk and found herself at third only two batters later after a wild pitch. Margaret Fogarty (Auburn, Maine/St. Johnsbury Academy) smacked a sacrifice fly as Bond came home to score and tied the game at 3-3.

The Pilgrims used four hits, including a two-run home run, in the bottom of the third to add three more runs to their mark and take a 6-3 advantage. NEC tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning for the final margin of victory.

Cunningham finished the second game 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI.

UMaine-Farmington returns home on Sunday to host UMaine-Presque Isle in the home opener.