Taylor Tosses No-Hitter; Mariners Sweep Eagles
Maine Maritime swept Green Mountain in a pair of mercy-rule shortened North Atlantic Conference (NAC) games Friday afternoon at Ritchie Field. Erica Taylor (Mesquite, Texas) threw the second no-hitter in Maine Maritime history to win the opener 8-0. Abby Yeo (Bucksport, Maine) struck out seven as the Mariners (9-7, 2-2 NAC) handed the Eagles (1-14, 0-4 NAC) a 10-1 setback in the nightcap.
Taylor allowed three baserunners, two by walk and one by an error to pick up the no-hitter. She twirled her no-no exactly four years to the day Maine Maritime last saw a no-hitter. On this date in 2008, Amanda Barker kept Johnson State without a hit in a game decided by the same 8-0 score.
Maine Maritime led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, where they gashed the Eagles for five runs on four hits and two errors. Autumn Jones (Windham, Maine) did the bulk of the damage driving in a pair with a double into rightfield to make it a 7-0 ballgame. Jones went 4-for-4 on the twinbill with a pair of doubles, three runs batted in and four scored. With the bases juiced, Kelsie Hilton (Monmouth, Maine) drew a walk from Cass Neimeth-Lazar (Red Hook, N.Y) to plate Jones for the game's final run.
Neimeth-Lazar struck out four in the loss. She fell to 0-7 on the year.
Maine Maritime jumped on the Eagles in the nightcap, putting up six runs on seven hits in the first, and four runs on three hits and two errors in the second. Taylor went 2-for-2 in the second game with an RBI single in the first, and a solo shot that cleared the leftfield fence by a solid 30 yards in the second. The home run was Taylor's fifth of the season, moving her within three of Leah Jackson's (Dedham, Maine) single-season record set last year. Sam Goda (Eliot, Maine), used primarily as a defensive flex player, took advantage of her time in the batting order. She ripped a base-clearing double off of the fence in right-center to get three runs across in the second.
Green Mountain got on the board in the fourth inning. Kris Belessis (Augusta, N.J), who led off the inning with a seeing-eye single through the right side later crossed on a wild pitch. Belessis picked up two hits on the afternoon. She was the only Eagle to get on board with the bat. Chelsea Paul (Northville, N.Y.) reached twice on a pair of walks.
Sabrina Keach (Chesterville, Maine) went 3-for-3 in the opener for MMA, but failed to collect a hit in the nightcap, ending her hitting streak at 25 games, dating back to the middle of 2011. Andi Flannery (E. Machias, Maine) went 3-for-7 on the afternoon, scoring a pair of runs.
Maine Maritime returns to action tomorrow morning against Castleton State. Green Mountain will face Husson on Saturday in Bangor.