Bangor, ME - The Husson University softball team swept the first series of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) season, taking two from the visiting Terriers of Thomas College at O'Keefe Field on Saturday. Husson won game one by a score of 4-2, and opened things up in the second game, earning the victory 8-0 in five innings. With the wins, the Eagles improve to 9-5 (2-0 NAC) on the year, while Thomas falls to 3-13 with the losses, and open conference play 0-2.
In game one, he Eagles were led by catcher Heidi Shaw (Manchester, ME) who went 2-4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Third baseman Victoria Overlock (Belfast, ME) chipped in with an RBI of her own while going 2-3 at the dish. Sophomore pitcher Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) went the distance, allowing one earned on five hits and four walks while striking out eight batters.
For the Terriers, lead-off hitter Samantha Moore (Etna, ME) went 2-4 with an RBI, while center fielder Samantha Robison (South Berwick, ME) added an RBI of her own going 1-3 at the dish. Sara Pavento (Glenburn, ME) was tagged with the loss, going six innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and five walks with a strikeout.
The game was scoreless through two and a half before the Eagles broke things open with four runs in the bottom of the third. Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) led off the inning with a single to third, and moved to second on a Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) bunt. Shaw singled up the middle that plated L. Sargent, and advanced to second on the throw. Overlock kept the rally going with an RBI double to center. She gave way to Kylee Gardiner (Waterville, ME) who came in as a pinch runner, and came around to score on a Nicole Sargent (Sullivan, ME) single to right. After an Ashley Smith (Ellsworth, ME) walk, Chelsea Brennan (Woonsocket, RI) drew the second free-pass in a row, and a passed ball plated Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) who had pinch-ran for N. Sargent, and Husson came out of the third up 4-0.
Thomas kept things close in the top of the fifth when they got two across. Ali Kriegel (Winslow, ME) led off the inning with a walk, and moved to second on a passed ball. Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, ME) kept it going with a single up the middle that got Kriegel to third. Robison grounded out to second that plated Kriegel, and Moore ripped a single to right center that scored Thibodeau, and the Terriers were within two. McCarty dealt a strikeout that ended the inning and the Eagle lead was 4-2 after four and a half.
In the top of the seventh inning with their backs against the wall, Thomas got two aboard with just one out in the inning. McCarty showed her ability to come up in the clutch as she struck out the last two batters of the game, and Husson took the game one victory.
For the Eagles in game two, Brianna Webster (Belfast, ME) led the way going 2-3 out of the number seven spot, driving in two runs while scoring a pair. Smith scored two runs in the game, going 2-2 at the dish, while shortstop Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford, ME) was 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Husson hurler Kody Lyon (Dalton, NH) went five innings to earn the complete game shut out victory, allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out five in the game.
For Thomas, first year shortstop Alyssa Eugley (Sidney, ME) and Molly Woodward (Burlington, ME) recorded the two Terrier hits in the game, each going 1-2 against Lyon. Pitcher Kelsey Crowe (Gorham, ME) allowed four earned on nine hits, while striking out four in the loss.
The Eagles started the scoring in the bottom of the first as Hill led off the game reaching base on an error. The speedy right fielder stole second, and came all the way around to score on another Terrier error, and Husson led 1-0 after one.
In the bottom of the second, the Eagles added four more, starting off the inning with a Smith double down the left field line. After a fly-out, Webster doubled to left center that drove in Smith, and Mortensen kept the rally going with a double of her own to right center that plated Webster. L. Sargent reached on an error and advanced to second as Mortensen scored on the play. After a strikeout, Shaw singled up the middle, driving in Mortensen, and Husson had a 5-0 lead after two.
The Eagles continued to swing hot bats in the bottom of the third, when Smith hit a one-out single to left and quickly stole second. After a Husson strikeout, Webster stepped up to the plate and doubled to left center, bringing in Smith. Mortensen reached on an error and Webster scored on the play to stretch the Eagle advantage to 7-0.
Husson plated the eighth run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when N. Sargent hit a two-out double to left center, and gave way to Deb Colpitts (Levant, ME) who came in to pinch-run. After Smith's fourth free pass of the day, Kelsey Livermore (Kennebunk, ME) came through with a pinch-hit RBI single to right field that plated Colpitts, and put the Eagles up 8-0.
Thomas got a runner on the bases in the top of the fifth on Woodward's single, but Lyon dealt a foul-out and struck out the final Thomas batter of the game to give Husson the five-inning victory.
The Eagles are home again for the third consecutive day when they host Bowdoin College for a Sunday double header beginning at noon. Thomas is back in action on Monday, April 2nd when they travel to Brunswick, ME for a double header with Bowdoin beginning at 3:30 pm.