WRENHAM, Mass. — The University of Maine at Farmington softball team opened its season Wednesday by sweeping a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader from New England College, 8-0 and 6-4. The games were played at Gordon College — approximately a three-hour drive from Farmington — because UMF’s home field is covered in snow.
Cony graduate Emily Soule pitched two complete games for the Beavers, allowing a total of three runs in 13 innings while striking out 16. Soule pitched a three-hit shutout in the first game, which was called in the bottom of the sixth inning by the mercy rule. Cony grad Amy Jones and Katie Clark each homered and drove in two runs for UMF. Mt. Abram grad Jillian Withee was 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles and Hannah Lust ended the game with a two-run double in the sixth.
In game two, freshman Kennadi Grover went 4 for 4, belted two home runs, and drove in five runs. Jones singled twice, each time just before Grover homered. Freshman Alexandra Swanson had three hits for the Pilgrims (4-6 overall, 0-2 NAC). The Pigrims scored a run and loaded the bases with two out in the top of the seventh, but Soule got a called strike three on the final batter to end the game.
HUSSON 2-3, UMF 1-1: The Eagles swept a doubleheader at the John Winkin Complex in Bangor, getting strong pitching from Dan Whitney and Tim Nason. Whitney went the distance in the first game, striking out four without a walk, while Nason pitched six innings in the second game,
Waterville grad J.T. Whitten and Gardiner graduate Dennis Meehan each had a pair of hits for Husson (5-7) in the first game while Dylan Foster, a Messalonskee graduate, had two hits in the seodnd game. Erskine grad Sean Cabaniss had a pair of hits for UMaine-Farmington (3-9) in the first game along with Dustin McCrossin and Jimmy Neal while Brent Wallingford had a pair of hits for the Beavers in Game 2.
THOMAS 10, HUSSON 5: Gardiner grad Jenn Day had three goals to lead the Terriers in Bangor. Messalonskee grad Mirnada Tinsman and Jillian Lambert added two goals each for Thomas (4-4) while Charlotte Gerhardy had a pair of goals for Husson (1-6).
EMERSON 14, UMF 4: Alex Corado and Kanika MIsra scored three gopals each to lead Emerson (7-3) to the win in Boston. Ayla Allen scored twice for the Beavers (2-3) while Jaclyn Lagevin and Rhi Jackson each had a goal.
MAINE MARITIME 20, UMF 4: Brady Harrison scored eight goals to lead the Mariners (3-0) to the win in Castine. TC Peters, Casey Wrigley, Cameron McAllister and Mike Foley scored for UMF (0-3).