BANGOR, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team moved to 12-19 on the season as the Black Bears picked up their fourth win in a row with a 6-0 victory over Husson on Wednesday. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) and Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) combined for the two-hit shutout over the Eagles while Terren Hall (Bucksport, Maine) and Meghan McLain (Orrington, Maine) each had two hits for Maine. The Eagles dropped to 3-8 on the season with the loss.
The two teams were locked in a pitcher's dual early on coupled with solid defense including when Maine catcher Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) popped up and gunned out Husson's Amanda Gifford who was trying to steal second.
The Black Bears broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth. McLain started the rally with a single to left field. Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) kept the inning alive for Maine with another single and advanced to second when the ball was bobbled in left. McLain was able to advance over to third on the mishap. McLain would score soon after on a passed ball to give Maine the 1-0 advantage.
Maine would break things open with a four run top of the fifth. Brynne Davis (Winslow, Maine) kicked off the inning with a lead-off single. Freshman Stef Martinek (Bolton, Mass.) followed with a double to left-center, scoring Davis on the play and giving Martinek her first career RBI and first career hit.
The Black Bears would then load the bases with a pair of single by Jennifer Eberhardt (Glendale, Ariz.) and Hall before McLain would work a bases loaded walk, scoring Martinek. Jillian Benson (Holden, Mass.) got the big hit for Maine as she stroked a two-out single into centerfield which scored Eberhardt and Hall to put Maine up 5-0.
Maine would shutdown the Eagles for the rest of the game while adding another run in the top of the seventh when Eberhardt worked a leadoff walk and was driven in on a double by Hall. Hall has now reached base safely in her last 16 games.
Sparks pitched the first three innings for Maine while giving up two hits and striking out two. Spoehr picked up the win for Maine as she shutdown the Eagles for the final four innings while giving up just one hit and striking out seven.
The Black Bears return to America East action when they travel to battle Boston University beginning with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.