ORONO, Maine – UMBC sophomore third baseman Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) went 3-for-4, including a double, and walked twice but the UMBC softball team dropped both games to Maine in Saturday's doubleheader at Kessock Field. The Black Bears won the first game 7-1 before claiming the sweep with a 9-1 victory in six innings in game two.
In game one, Ashley Kelley (7-11) earned the win for the Black Bears after pitching five innings, giving up just one run on five hits and striking out five batters. Kylie Sparks came in for the final two innings to earn her first save of the year.
Sophomore Kayla Martinez (Odenton, Md./Arundel) took the loss for the Retrievers after yielding four runs, only two of them earned, on six hits in 2.2 innings of work.
After UMBC stranded two runners in the top of the first, the hosts took advantage, plating a run in the bottom half on an RBI double by Jessica Burk.
UMBC leveled the score two innings late as senior Angela Yannone (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) drove in Warner who had led off the inning with a double to left center.
Maine responded immediately however, retaking the lead with three runs in the bottom half. The Black Bears finished off the scoring three innings later to end the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth pushing the score to 7-1.
Maine's Beth Spoehr gave the Black Bears the sweep by picking up the win in game two after surrendering just a single run while scattering six hits in a six-inning complete game effort.
Junior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) was charged with the loss for UMBC after giving up five earned runs on 13 hits in 5.2 innings of work.
UMBC started brightly in game two as Warner opened the game with a single up the middle. She came home later in the inning to give the Retrievers the 1-0 lead on a single by senior Ashley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West).
Maine responded immediately, tying the game in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Hillary Kane. Two innings later the Black Bears put the game out of reach with four runs to take the lead, 5-1.
The hosts scored two runs in the third and another in the fourth to push the game to the brink, leading 8-1 after four innings. Two innings later, Stephanie Wood raced home from third to push the lead to eight, 9-1, and give Maine the walk-off win.
UMBC and Maine will finish the three-game series with one game tomorrow which is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start. The Retrievers then return home to host Boston University for a season-ending three-game series next week.