ORONO – For only the sixth day this year the sounds of softball could be heard coming from Kessock Field on Thursday afternoon.
“Today’s the fourth day we’ve been able to be outside, girls are excited about being outside today, and knowing we have a home series and the weather should be fairly good tomorrow it might rain a bit but it’s supposed to be warm [Friday] and Saturday so that’ll be good,” said head coach Mike Coutts.
Four practices and two doubleheaders have been played in Orono this season. It was meant to be more, but Mother Nature forced the series against Hartford to be moved to Connecticut.
“The big one was when we had to turn around and go to Hartford when we were supposed to play here, and all of a sudden you have to change plans, you have to tell your professors you have to do this and you that,” said Coutts.
The road tested Black Bears have played 34 games away from home this season and only have 10 wins to show for it, “we are a team that’s very determined and we’ll push ourselves but at the same time we’ll put a lot of pressure on our ourselves and I think a lot of it stems from that, because we’re a really talented group,” said second baseman Meghan Royle.
With only three total conference wins, they’re currently the only team slated to miss the America East tournament.
They’ll need to sweep Stony Brook and they’ll need UMBC to sweep Hartford to keep their season alive.
“When you get it to a big game and put that pressure on yourself you might not perform to your greatest, so if we treat every game as if its important we will do our best,” said senior Laurine German.
The adversity the team has faced is par for the course with the experience of play at UMaine, according to Coutts, “they all know when we recruit them that it’s tough to play here and you have to be tough and you have to overcome things…”