Nor'easters Tip Monks, 3-1

Nor'easters Tip Monks, 3-1

BIDDEFORD, Maine – University of New England (5-6) edged Saint Joseph's College (2-9), 3-1, in a non-conference softball contest on a brisk Tuesday afternoon.

UNE (5-6) put its first run across in the bottom of the 2nd, when Alexis Kapsambelis grounded out to drive in Anna Sessa. The Nor'easters doubled the lead in the third on an RBI-single down the right field line by Meg Harvey, scoring Avery Alberghini from second base.

After Jordan Strum worked a clean top of the 6th in the circle for the hosts, UNE added a run in the last half of the frame with a one-out walk followed by a couple errors.

The Monks used a lead-off double to the wall in left by Melodie Bailey (Lebanon, Maine) and a two-out RBI single up the middle from Maizie Lee (Saco, Maine) to get on the board in the 7th. Another single up the middle put the potential tying run aboard, but Melissa Sprague fanned the ensuing batter to save the result for UNE.

Alberghini and Sarah Lachapelle topped the Nor'easter lineup with two hits apiece. UNE starter Sydnee Bessler surrendered just two hits and struck out nine over five shutout innings to earn her third win of the season.

For the Monks, Lee was 2-for-3 with an RBI and junior starting pitcher Kate Whitney (Jonesboro, Maine) took the loss after allowing two runs off six hits and three walks with four K's over four frames.

The Monks and Nor'easters will meet for another single game this Friday in Biddeford at 3:00 PM.






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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at