Farmington (10-16, 6-6 NAC) at Maine Maritime (12-14, 5-9 NAC)
Maine Maritime will look to rebound from Wednesday's losses to Husson when they close out the regular season against Maine-Farmington in a North Atlantic Conference twinbill at Ritchie Field on Friday.
**PLEASE NOTE** – First pitch has been moved to 3:00 p.m. -- Maine Maritime and Maine Farmington will start an hour earlier than the 4:00 p.m. start time originally slated for the NAC double-header. The teams agreed to move the games up to allow ample rest for Farmington's players. The Beavers have moved their Saturday games forward in order to attempt to get them in prior to the forecasted rain. This weekend marks the final weekend of play in the NAC's regular season.
Series History: Game one will mark the 30th meeting between Maine Maritime and Maine Farmington. Farmington has dominated the series, owning a 23-6 lead since the Mariners launched the program in 1999, but Maine Maritime has taken five of the last six meetings, including a pair in Castine last year. Farmington got the last laugh in 2011, posting a 9-3 win over MMA at Husson in the NAC playoffs.
The Last Meeting: Farmington eliminated Maine Maritime from the NAC playoffs with a 9-3 victory. The Beavers got on the scoreboard first with an RBI double by McKell Barnes. Barnes led the Beavers with four RBIs and two runs scored. She went 2-for-4 at the dish with a three run homer.
MMA's Last Game: Husson University swept Maine Maritime in a NAC doubleheader at Ritchie Field Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take the opener 10-6 in extra innings, before pouncing on the Mariners early in the first for a 6-1 win in the nightcap.
Senior Swan Song: Sam Goda will play her final home games for Maine Maritime on Friday. She will be recognized prior to the start of the game.
Farmington's Last Game: Bates College reached a program-best winning streak of nine games as the Bobcats dispatched the University of Maine at Farmington 8-3, 14-6 in non-conference softball action today at Prescott Field.
Five Things You Should Know…
5. Members of Maine Maritime Academy's athletic teams and staff hosted a Special Olympics Bocce Tournament on Thursday. Softballers, Katrina Hagan, Kelsie Hilton, and Cindy Schultz were all on hand volunteering their time.
4. Maine Maritime's five-run lead that disappeared in the sixth inning marked the first time this season the Mariners have lost a game when leading after four innings. The Mariners are 11-1 when they hold the lead after four.
3. .001 is all that separates Sabrina Keach and Erica Taylor for the team's best batting average. Keach is hitting .432, while Taylor is hitting .431. .002 is all that separates the same duo for the best fielding percentage between everyday players. Keach sports a .975 fielding percentage, while Taylor checks in at .973.
2. Leah Jackson has only been struck out once in 72 at bats this season.
1. The MMA-Farmington matchup features four of the North Atlantic Conference's top five home run leaders. MMA's Erica Taylor leads the league with eight jacks. Kaitlyn Bartlett, Shannon Mitchell and Amy Jones each have seven. Farmington leads the league with 22 round trips, while the Mariners are second with 14.