The softball team swept the University of Southern Maine in a doubleheader on Wednesday, winning 16-4 and 4-0. The team increased its winning streak to four games and brought its overall record to 17-8.

"We've played well recently," said Head Coach Ryan Sullivan. After "an eight-day break, it was nice to play on Wednesday and get two wins."

Pitchers Tricia Thibodeau '13 and Melissa DellaTorre '14 had strong performances to help the team cap the sweep. In the first game, Thibodeau pitched five innings and allowed six hits while striking out three. In the second game, DellaTorre pitched seven strong innings, recording nine strikeouts and giving up just three hits.

Bowdoin's hitting put on a show against Southern Maine. Captain Amy Hackett '12 hit a grand slam in game one and recorded five RBI, and captain Caroline Dewar '12 went 3-3 in game two.

"We've gotten production throughout the lineup," said Sullivan. "Our defense has been very consistent. Our pitching has been good. All three are different and capable of getting us a victory."

The team will have to fight through a tough schedule this weekend. Bowdoin plays three games against Trinity before facing Brandeis on Sunday.

"These conference games will really set the stage for the season, and we are excited to play them," said Sullivan. "Then on Sunday Brandeis comes to town, they are always among the best in New England, so that will be a big challenge too. So five games at home this weekend, we are ready to go."

-Compiled by Emery Ahoua.