The Husson University softball team won their third straight North Atlantic Conference Championship with a 6-0 win over the University of Maine at Farmington. Husson's Dottie Cameron led the Eagles to victory, contributing five of Husson's six runs, and was named the tournament MVP. The University of Maine at Farmington ends their season with an 12-19 record. With the Championship, the Eagles improve to 24-15 and receive the automatic qualifier to compete in the NCAA tournament.
Husson reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning when Kara Poirier hit an RBI single down the right field line that plated Sara Risser. Dottie Cameron led off the third inning for Husson with a homerun to left center field to lift the Eagles to a 2-0 lead over the Beavers. Maine Farmington's Amy Jones got the Beavers' first hit of the game in the top of the third with a single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt by Bri Webster plated Sara Risser to push the Husson lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Kaitlyn Bartlett singled down the right field line in the fourth inning and Samantha Morency singled to left field in the fifth to round out the hits for Maine Farmington.
The tournament MVP, Cameron, made a diving shoestring catch in left field in the top of the sixth inning, hit a two RBI triple to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning and then scored on a passed ball to give the Eagles what would become their final lead at 6-0.
On the mound, Kody Lyon pitched a masterful three hit shutout for the Eagles, while recording one walk and five strikeouts. Emma Vaillancoiurt received the loss for Maine Farmington for her six innings of work that consisted of five strikeouts, six runs, and ten hits.
Jones, Bartlett, and Morency recorded hits for the Beavers. Husson's Sarah Risser hit 2-3 with a double and three runs scored along with Poirier with a 2-3 effort and one run and RBI.
Head Coach Amanda Davey had this to say about her team: "Our entire pitching staff has gotten us through tough games all season. During the championship, our 1-9 lineup produced and there really were no holes in the lineup. I'm very happy with our offensive performance. With the upcoming NCAA tournament, we know what to expect and the level of competition will be very high. Upcoming games against Bates on Tuesday will help us prepare and we will remain focused for the next two weeks until the NCAA tournament begins."
2011 NAC Softball All-Tournament Team
Dottie Cameron – Husson University (Sr., OF, Farmington, ME)
Sarah Risser (Jr., C, Brewer, ME)
Kody Lyon (So., P, Dalton, NH)
U. Maine Farmington
Amy Jones (FR., IF, Augusta, ME)
Mykell Barnes (Sr., C/IF, Durham, ME)
Emma Vaillancourt (Fr., P, Saco, ME)
Samantha Moore (Jr., INF/OF, South Berwick, ME)
Kelsey Crowe (So., P/1B, Gorham, ME)