Kissimmee, FL - The Husson softball team's bats are beginning to thaw out, but it was not enough in the second game of the Rebel Spring Games Tournament as the Eagles were bettered by the Terriers of Hiram College 3-1.
The Eagles were led by first year player Deb Colpitts (Levant, ME) who went 1-2 while knocking in the lone Husson run. Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) picked up the loss in her first start of the year, going the distance, allowing just one earned on seven hits.
For the Terriers, first year pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron, OH) threw all seven innings to earn the win, striking out six and allowing just three hits and the run. Offensively, Charles came to play as well, going 2-3 at the plate and helping her cause with a pair of runs scored. Lead-off hitter and left fielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg, OH) scored the other tally, going 2-3 on the day as well.
Husson was able to jump out to an early advantage when in the top of the second, Nicole Sargent (Sullivan, ME) reached on an error, and was pinch ran for by first year player Heidi Shaw (Manchester, ME). Shaw advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and came around to score on the Colpitts single.
After matching 1-2-3 innings in the bottom of the 2nd and the top of the 3rd, Hiram answered to tie the game. After Cooney singled to sart things off, she stole second and advanced to third on the throw. With the tying runner at third, the Eagles picked up a strikeout and a pop out, but with two outs in the inning, senior first baseman Alee Singer (Akron, OH) put the ball in play, and reached on an error that would score Cooney.
The Eagles were able to get a runner aboard in the top of the fourth, but nothing would arise, opening the door for Hiram to take the lead in the bottom of the inning. After a call for catcher's interference loaded the bases for the Terriers, another Husson error allowed Charles to score what would be the game-winning run.
Hiram would add insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Charles singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario) single. The two runners were moved over by Cooney's sacrifice bunt, which opened the door for Taylor Petersal (Warren, OH) to come off the bench and add a pinch-hit sac-fly to earn the only Hiram RBI.
The Eagles take on two more on Tuesday, starting off at 11:00 am against Emmanuel (MA), and coming back at 1:00 pm against Catholic. Both games will be played at Oren Brown Park in Kissimmee, FL. Hiram will play Catholic at 9:00 am on Tuesday, before playing Bluffton at 11:00 am.