ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Black Bears scored all six of their runs off woman pitcher Ghazaleh Sailors to take a 6-0 baseball victory over the UMaine-Presque Isle Owls on Tuesday at Mahaney Diamond.
Sailors, the only woman playing NCAA baseball, gave up six hits and four earned runs. The senior right-hander walked two, struck out one and slipped to 0-2.
The Division I Black Bears improved to 12-19 while the Div. III Owls fell to 4-10.
The Bears used four pitchers, with Charlie Butler (2-3) doing the bulk of the work with four scoreless innings and earning the win. He gave up two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. He relieved Jeff Gelinas, who gave up two hits, four walks and struck out two.
Josh Normandeau also pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one while Clay Conaway finished the ninth by striking out the side.
Kevin Stypulkowski sparked the Black Bears with a double, two singles and two RBIs. Sam Balzano chipped in with two singles and Brian Doran added a single and two RBIs.
Mitch Thayer singled twice for the Owls, and Matt Cauchon doubled.
Balzano scored Maine’s run in the first when he got on base with a bunt, stole the next two bases and was plated on Shane Bussey’s infield groundout.
The Bears added two runs in second inning when Alex Cabrera’s sacrifice fly plated Brenden Geary, who had singled. Stypulkowski followed with a double and scored on Doran’s infield groundout.
RBI singles by Stypulkowski and Doran accounted for two more Maine runs in the fourth and the final run came across in the fifth when Stypulkowski hit another RBI single.
Maine returns to action Saturday and Sunday when it takes on America East foe Hartford at Mahaney Diamond for a three-game series. The Owls will visit Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Friday before playing back-to-back doubleheaders against Fisher College on Saturday and Sunday in Boston.