Eagles Downed 10-2 in NCAA Play

Eagles Downed 10-2 in NCAA Play

Providence, RI-Husson University fell10-2 to Worcester State in six in game five at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at Rhode Island College's Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.  With the loss, the Eagles are eliminated from the NCAA tournament and end their season with a 25-18 mark.

Worcester State sophomore pitcher Hannah Everson (Methuen, MA) earned the win (10-3), allowing two runs on eight hits, while striking out three. Junior catcher Ashley Howe (Winchendon, MA) went 3-for-4 with a run scored, three RBI and two doubles.

Husson struck first in the top of the second inning as sophomore center fielder Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) reached on an infield single to shortstop and promptly stole second. With one down, freshman designated player Kelly Naegelin (Cohasset, MA) lined a hard shot to third base for another infield single and Sargent moved up to third. Sophomore second baseman Kara Poirier (Berlin, NH) laid down a squeeze bunt in front of the plate that brought in Sargent to put the Eagles up, 1-0. Everson settled down to get a pair of pop outs to end the threat.

Worcester State stormed right back with seven runs in the third to put the game away. Senior designated player Michaella Mahoney (Shrewsbury, MA) led off with a double on a deep drive to the right center field wall. Everson hit a bloop fly that landed behind third base in front of the oncoming left fielder to put runners on first and second.

Sophomore third baseman Alex Kerr (Franklin, MA) cleared the bases and gave WSU the lead, 2-1, with a two-run double to the gap in right center. After Husson sophomore starter Kody Lyon (Dalton, NH) forced a flyout, the Lancers were able to add to their lead on a strange play. Junior first baseman Jaime Jacobs (Billerica, MA) laid down a sacrifice bunt and was thrown out at first. While running through the bag, Jacobs collided with Husson junior first baseman Amanda Gifford (Lee, ME), which allowed Kerr to score while both players were on the ground.
After two consecutive singles, Howe cleared the bases with a two-run double to left center field and chased Lyon from the game. Freshman Rebecca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) came in, but the Lancers continued to tack on runs. Howe eventually scored on a wild pitch and Mahoney ended the outburst with an RBI single. All in all, WSU plated seven runs on seven hits in the pivotal frame.
Worcester State added to its advantage in the fourth. Freshman center fielder Carolyn Hassett (Charlton, MA) reached on a leadoff single to second base, and after a flyout, Howe crushed a double to left center field to make the score, 8-1.
The Eagles put one back on the board in the fifth when sophomore right fielder Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored on senior left fielder Dottie Cameron's (South Plainfield, NJ) single to left field.
 
Lancers junior Erica Cordio (Leominster, MA) smacked an RBI single and then scored on an error after a Howe single to end the game in the sixth.
 
Cordio went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Mahoney chipped in with a 3-for-3 performance. Cameron went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Eagles. Lyon suffered the loss (11-11).