OCOEE, Fla. – The University of Maine softball team completed one of its most successful spring trips by sweeping a pair of contests Saturday.
Maine defeated Colgate University 4-3 in Saturday’s nightcap, after posting a 2-1 win over Youngstown State in the early contest.
The sweep meant Maine won its final six games of the southern swing to take a 12-8 record north.
In the nightcap against Colgate, Kris Gorman’s two-run single in the first inning sparked a three-run Maine uprising and the Black Bears held on behind the seven-hit pitching of Cindy Harrington (5-2).
Maine’s first inning saw Lisa Swain walk, Deb Smith single, and Kristin Steele reach on an infield error to load the bases with one out. Gorman roped a single and Steele later scored on a wild pitch.
Maine took a 4-1 lead in the third inning when Smith walked, Steele singled, and Gorman slapped another RBI single.
Colgate (1-1) chipped away with single runs in the second, sixth, and seventh. But Maine’s Harrington induced Kristine Schueger to ground out to shortstop to end the game with the tying run on third in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
In the opener, Maine scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind. Swain singled, Deb Smith doubled. Steele bashed an RBI single and Gorman followed with the game-winning single.
Smith (5-4) got the pitching win for Maine.
Youngstown (0-2) scored a single run in the fifth inning with two out when Kim Givens walked, Adele Cowan singled and Mo Hazlett reached on an error, loading the bases. Givens scored on a wild pitch, but Smith settled down to get Missy Medure on a grounder to short.
Youngstown 000 010 0 – 1 4 1 Maine 000 002 x – 2 6 2
Cobb and Cohan; Smith and Dow
Maine 301 000 0 – 4 8 2 Colgate 010 001 1 – 3 7 3
Harrington and Dow; Carr and Delango