ORONO – Believe it or not, nearly half the season is in the books for the University of Maine softball team, and they haven’t even played an America East team. But the next time they step out on the field, that will change.
Maine’s upcoming series against Boston University this weekend was canceled due to weather, meaning the team’s next game will be the conference opener against Hartford March 31. That leaves Maine with nearly two weeks to improve on its 9-14 record in the Mahaney Dome, something which has resulted in a split reaction on the team.
“I think you want to keep playing because you’ve played,” head coach Mike Coutts said Wednesday. “And I certainly don’t want to have the fact that we haven’t played for two weeks, and the next time we play or even maybe get outdoors is against a conference opponent.”
While keeping off the rust is important, it is equally as important to recognize certain parts of Maine’s lineup has slumped. Third baseman Alyssa Derrick was one of the best hitters in America East last year, but is hitting just .210 at this point in the season for example. That’s why others on the team, including leading hitter Rachel Carlson, will embrace the break.
“I think with the few struggles we had over this trip, this spring break trip, we can just kind of settle down, not stress about our losses we’ve had and just focus on what we’ve got to focus on,” she said.