Kissimmee, FL - The Husson University softball team flexed their offensive muscles in the first of two games on Tuesday, giving a glimpse of the team's potential the rest of the way as the Eagles defeated Emmanuel 12-3 in 4.5 innings at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, FL.
For the Ealges, first year second baseman Ashley Smith (Ellsworth, ME) supplied some production out of the #9 spot, going 3-3 at the plate with 3 RBI and a run scored to lead the Husson offensive charge. Leadoff hitter and right fielder Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) went 3-4 as the 1-3 hitters - along with Brianna Webster (Belfast, ME) and Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) - each scored two runs apiece . First year third baseman Victoria Overlock (Belfast, ME) was 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI as well. Kody Lyon (Dalton, NH) appeared in her first game of the season, earning the win while pitching 5 complete, and allowing two earned on four hits with as many strikeouts.
The Saints received a quality performance from sophomore shortstop Julia Levins (Uxbridge, MA) who went 2-2 with two runs scored out of the lead-off spot. Catcher Kristen Landers (Worcester, MA) had the only Emmanuel RBI, going 1-2 in the shortened game.
Emmanuel jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first, as Levins started things off with a walk to open the game. She moved around to third on a ground out and a sac-bunt, setting the table for Landers to pick up a two-out RBI single, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead after the top of the first.
Husson would respond quickly as Hill opened the game with a slap-bunt single. She then stole second, and later stole third, scoring on an errant throw to tie the game. Webster - who was at the plate while Hill ran around the bases - drew a walk, Lona Sargent reached on an error, and after a line-out, her sister Nicole Sargent (Dalton, NH) singled to right field, bringing in Webster. Overlock kept the rally going wth an RBI single to right field which plated Lona and moved Nicole to third, while a throw home sent the first year thirdbaseman to second base. A wild pitch on the next at bat plated Nicole and moved Overlock to third.
With the score now 4-1 and the game slipping, Emmanuel made an early pitching change. Unfortunately for the saints, it made little difference as Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford, ME) walked and quickly stole second. Overlock scored on another wild pitch as Mortensen moved to third, setting the table for Smith who singled to left for the RBI. When all was said and done, Husson scored six runs in the bottom of the inning and now led 6-1.
After making quick work of Emmanuel in the top of the 2nd, the Eagles got another run in the bottom of the third as Lona reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and moved to third on a passed ball. She would score on a wild pitch that walked Nicole and the Ealge lead was increased to 7-1.
Emmanuel kept at it in the top of the third as Levins opened the inning with a double down the left field line. After a pop-out Catherine Bergeron (Sandwich, MA) sacrificed Levins over to third. After a Landers walk, a Husson wild pitch plated Levins an the score was 7-2.
The Eagles got things started again in the bottom of the third as Smith smacked a one out triple to left, and came home on an RBI slap single from Hill. Webster singled, moving Hill to second and the Eagles pulled off the double steal, setting the plate for Lona who singled, knocking home Hill to make it 9-2. With runners at first and third, Lona took off for second base and Webster scored on a Saints error, and after the third inning it was 10-2 in favor of the Eagles.
Chelsey Guselli (Methuen, MA) started off the top of the fourth when she was hit by a pitch. A wild play ensued as Kathryn Copp (Fremont, NH) attempted to sacrifice bunt to get Guselli over, but the Eagles threw the ball around, eventually allowing Guselli to score but making the out at first base.
In the bottom of the 4th, Overlock started the inning with a double to right field, and advanced to third on an error. After a ground out, Shaw slap-bunted herself on and stole second. With a pair of runners on, Smith singled through the left side for two RBI on the hit, giving Husson a 12-3 lead. After Emmanuel was given another at bat in the top of the fifth, to no avail, the score went final and Husson took home their first win of the season.
The Eagles turn around to take on the Cardinals of Catholic University at 1:00 pm while Emmanuel will play Mount Union College in their second game of the day.