ST. GEORG, Ut. — The University of Maine softball team was defeated 10-2 by the University of New Mexico in the first game of the double header before Dixie State defeated the Black Bears 14-6 in the fourth game of the Dixie Softball Classic.
Game 1 – Maine: 2 New Mexico: 10
At the bottom of the second inning, Kyrah Dailey doubled to deep middle while loading bases. Izzy Nieblas and Gabby Papuschkawho reached earlier in the inning both touched the two-bagger.
The Lobos started a rally in the top of the fourth inning. The Lobos previously booked a run Gabbie Siciliano was removed from the game. Alexandra Gruetz allowed an inherited runner score before slamming the door. After four full innings, the contest was tied 2-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Lobos fired a solo shot. During their sixth inning move up, they scored six in the sixth inning. After six in Utah, Maine was 9-2 down.
The Black Bears failed to mount a comeback after the Lobos scored another run in the seventh. Maine lost the first game of the day 10-2.
Game 2 – Maine: 6 Dixie State: 14
Dixie State jumped to an early two-run lead by the end of the first inning. A doubles and two singles equaled two quick runs for the home team. Maine was 2-0 down after one inning.
The Black Bears cut the lead at Dixie State Mary Pearson doubled to the left center. Gabby Papuschka came around to score with the extra base hit. Maine was 2-1 down after two innings.
The Trailblazers recorded three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Emily Reid was thereby relieved Alexandra Gruetz during the frame. DSU led 5-1 after four.
Maine threw up the rally caps and scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Jasmine Grey, Kelly Clark (two) and Gabby Papuschka all recorded a run-scoring base knock in the frame. Rylee Kent, Emma Larke, Clark and Gray came home during the rally. After the fifth half, the Black Bears were 5-5.
Rebekah Findley slammed, in foul territory, to the catcher. The catcher caught the ball but couldn’t throw it out Katie Jo Moery. The lead was short-lived as DSU’s first batter landed on the bottom of the sixth homer. The runs didn’t stop as the Trailblazers crossed home plate eight more times to complete the running rule at 14-6.
Next: The Black Bears return to the diamond for the final game tomorrow, Saturday, March 13, of the Dixie Softball Tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.