Black Bear Nation FTS: Friday to Sunday

Welcome to spring!!!  The calendar says it’s spring, so it MUST be spring, right? 

Not so fast, Black Bear Nation.  No matter how good your athletic program is, Mother Nature always gets the result she’s looking for, and she remained undefeated this weekend. 

Because of unplayable conditions at the various facilities in Orono, the Maine baseball and track & field competitions were outright cancelled, while the softball team moved their weekend series to Lowell to circumvent the still-lingering wintery conditions.

Despite the reduced slate of games, Fill The Steins is here, through rain and sleet and anything else Mother Nature can throw at us, to run down the games that did take place in our weekend “Friday to Sunday” round-up.  Let’s roll!

Softball: What was supposed to be Coach Lynn Coutts’ team’s home-opening series turned into a set of de facto road games due to unplayable conditions at Kessock Field in Orono.  Instead of cancelling, the games were shifted to UMass-Lowell’s River View Field, where Maine would function as the home team for the weekend.  Well, that is, until Mother Nature intervened again.

Sunday’s rain storm that soaked New England caused The final game of the weekend to be (re-?)cancelled, with no make-up date announced as of FTS press time.  Fortunately, Maine was able to sweep the Saturday doubleheader, so the weekend can still be chalked up as a success.  On to the details…

Apparently, the ride down to Lowell was on the express train DOWNTOWN TO POUND TOWN, as the Black Bears did not seem bothered by the logistical challenges of the weekend.  They pounced all over the River Hawks early in game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader and coasted to 9-1, 6 inning mercy rule victory.  Maine’s offensive outburst was led by freshman SS Felicia Lennon and junior OF Jessica Burk, who each had 2 hits, 2 RBI, and a HR in the win.

The run production continued in game 2 of the twin bill, this time with both sides getting in on the act.  It was Maine, however, who ultimately took control in the second half of the game, scoring 11 runs in the final four innings en route to a 12-9 victory.  Lennon was once again an offensive standout, going 2-5 with 3 RBI  and a HR in game 2, while freshman 1B Maddie Moore also chipped in with a HR and 3 RBI of her own.

The abbreviated weekend series sweep brings Maine’s overall record to 12-9 and 4-1 in America East play.  The Black Bears return to the diamond on Saturday April 5, when they open a three game America East series at Albany.  First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for noon.  Let’s all hope the weather cooperates this time…

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