SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine. - The Dean College Bulldogs split a doublheader with Southern Maine CC on sunday, dropping the first conest 10-6 before rebounding for a 6-3 win in the second.
Dean fell behind 9-1 after three innings and could not recover. The Seawolves scored one run in the first and then four each in the second and third innings. In the second, Kristen Mackenzie hit a two run single and Emma Burns followed with a double that plated two more. In the third, Kaylauh Abdul homered and Mackenzie singled in two more runs.
Dean mounted a comeback in the 5th, when Nikki Sandell singled in Ashley Andes, Alexis Brown drove home Sandell and Angelina Taylor scored on passed ball. The Bulldogs tacked on one more in the sixth and another in the seventh but it was not enough to overcome the big deficit.
Dean was plagued by poor fielding, recording ten errors in the seven inning game. Angelina Taylor pitched, allowing thirteen hits and ten runs (four earned) while striking out eight and walking two.
Karissa Menzinger pitched game two for the Bulldogs and was able to hold Southern Maine CC in check for most of the afternoon. She pitched all seven innings, allowing nine hits, three runs (two earned), striking out one and walking three.
A four run fifth inning was key for the Bulldogs. After falling behind 3-2 after four innings, Dean exploded in the fifth to take a decisive lead. First, Melanie Rios Nevarez singled with the bases loaded, scoring Michelle Sessa. Nevarez then scored on an error by the right fielder off the bat of Menzinger. Brown followed with a sac fly that drove home Taylor, and Courtney Holden drove in Menzinger while reaching base on an erorr.
Dean held the Seawolves scoreless for the next three at bats and emerged with the victory to improve their record to 11-11 on the season.
The Bulldogs next play on Tuesday in a home doubleheader vs. Pine Manor starting at 4:00.