Maine Maritime's softball team is set for four games this weekend. The Mariners (7-1) will open the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) slate at New England College in Henniker, N.H. on Saturday, before opening the home portion of the schedule against Colby on Sunday.
Mariners Last Action: Maine Maritime pounded Fisher for a combined 27 runs on 26 hits during a Sunday softball sweep. The Mariners (7-1) topped the Falcons (0-15) 10-2 in the opener, then tacked on a 17-1 drubbing in the nightcap. The Mariners staff held Fisher to a single hit in each game, completing a 4-0 weekend.
Maine Maritime (7-1) at New England College (6-8)
Saturday, March 31, 2012 | Old Concord Road Field | Henniker, N.H. | 12:00 p.m.
Series History: The Mariners and the Pilgrims will convene on the diamond for the first time. New England College joined the NAC at the start of the current academic year.
NAC Refresher: The NAC's softball head coaches picked Maine Maritime to finish fifth in the conference. New England was picked to finish sixth. Husson was picked to win the league in 2012.
New England's Last Action: Eastern Nazarene College squared off against New England College in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. The Pilgrims took game one 4-0 behind no-hitter from Elizabeth Harrigan, and in the nightcap, ENC freshman Kori Sorensen returned the favor, delivering a no-hit, no-walk game of her own. Olivia Tovar closed out the Lions' 1-0 victory, ripping a walk-off triple that scored sophomore teammate Abigail Moore.
Colby (2-8) at Maine Maritime
Sunday, April 1, 2012 | Ritchie Field | Castine, Maine | 12:00 p.m.
Series History: Colby has been a stubborn opponent with the Mules taking six of the seven meetings since the series began in 2007. Maine Maritime's only win came on Ritchie Field in 2010, a 6-4 victory for the Mariners.
Colby's Last Action: Colby is set for a pair at Husson on Saturday. It will be the Mules first game in a little over a week. Brianne Wheeler had a walk-off RBI single to score Katie Graichen to help Colby take a 5-4 win over University of Wisconsin-Superior last Friday in Florida. The Mules finished their Florida trip at 2-8 overall with a 5-4 loss against Frostburg State.
Five Things You Should Know…
5. Don't be fooled by Colby's record. The Mules lost three one-run games during their week in Florida, and they faced quality opponents. Erica Pulford is only batting .242, but is solid under pressure, delivering seven RBI on eight hits. Brianne Wheeler has plated as many, hitting a solid .419. Carolyn Bennett is hitting .478 without an RBI.
4. New England's Elizabeth Harrigan is coming off of a no-no. The sophomore sports a 4-2 record with a 2.48 ERA. The Pilgrims lineup brings balance with five players with an average above .300, and eight players having driven in five or more runs.
3. Leah Jackson has reached the minimum at bats to appear on the Mariners' record books. Already the career home runs leader in Castine, Jackson owns a .376 lifetime average, tops among all players to don the royal blue and goal. The junior is three hits away from breaking into the top ten in hits and needs a dozen doubles to match Mallery Stanley's record of 32. Jackson is 26 RBI away from matching Stanley's record of 79 as well.
2. Maine Maritime produced the NAC Player of the Week for the second-straight week, and the NAC Pitcher of the Week. Andi Flannery went 10-for-17 (.588) in the leadoff spot, scoring five runs and driving in seven to earn the Player of the Week honors. She stole a pair of bases and was perfect in the field in a 4-0 week for Maine Maritime. Erica Taylor pitched 12 innings, allowing a single, unearned run in posting a 2-0 record last weekend to earn Pitcher of the Year honors. She struck out 18, while issuing only two walks and limiting the opposition to a .208 average. She helped her own cause hitting .545 with seven runs batted in and four runs scored.
1. Abby Yeo and Erica Taylor have emerged as the Mariners' one-two punch in the circle. The freshman, sophomore combo has a combined career record of 10-3. Yeo, the freshman, is 3-0 through three starts. She has worked all of them to completion. Taylor went 4-2 as a frosh with a 3.72 ERA. She has trimmed that number to 0.81 in 2012. This year, the pair has combined for 52 strikeouts while issuing 17 bases on balls.. They have limited the opposition to a paltry .192 average.