|Date and Time:||04/17/2008, 3:30PM|
|Opponent:||SOUTHERN MAINE (Game 1)|
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin and University of Southern Maine softball teams split a doubleheader on Thursday evening with the Polar Bears taking game one, 11-6, before falling in game two to the Huskies, 6-3. Bowdoin stands at 20-8 this season while Southern Maine is 12-12 overall.
The Huskies took a commanding 5-0 lead in the opening contest, plating five unearned runs in the second inning. Bowdoin bounced back with two in the bottom of the frame and three in the third to tie the game before blowing the game open in the fourth. The Polar Bears batted around and scored six times with the big blow coming on a two-run double from Jessica Paris. Karen Reni (10-3) tossed a complete game for Bowdoin, allowing just one earned run and scattering 12 hits. Larissa O'Connor (2-9) took the loss for Southern Maine. Kaitee Daley, Clare Ronan and Lauren Coven had three hits apiece for the Polar Bears, with Coven driving home three runs. Southern Maine was led by three hits from India Lowe.
Southern Maine took advantage of Bowdoin miscues in the second game, scoring twice in the first, second and fourth inning. Stacey Stuart gave USM the lead with a two-run single in the opening inning and Anita Dixon blasted a two-run home run to left-center in the fourth to give the Huskies a 6-0 lead. Kristina Grondin (7-2) allowed just one hit through the first four innings and, despite a seventh-inning rally from the Polar Bears, permitted just two earned runs in the complete-game victory. Julia Jacobs (9-5) took the loss for Bowdoin, allowing two earned runs and eight strikeouts. The Polar Bear offense was paced by Daley's two hits and two RBI's from Alison Coleman.