Bangor, Maine – The Husson University softball team swept the Pilgrims of New England College in the Eagles' last regular season home series at O'Keefe Field on Friday. Husson posted shutout games with the first ending in a score of 6-0, while earning the 8-0 win after 5 innings in game two. With the wins, the Eagles improve to 25-9 (13-1 NAC) on the year, while New England College falls to 19-17 (11-5 NAC) with the losses.
The Eagles had 12 hits in game one, led by first baseman Nicole Sargent, going 2-3 with two runs and an RBI. Shortstop Aimee Mortensen went 2-3 at the plate chipping in 2 RBI and centerfielder Lona Sargent scored a run and notched an RBI with a 2-3 day at the dish while stealing 3 bases in the game. Sophomore pitcher Becca McCarty picked up the win, going six innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out eight.
The Pilgrims had a relatively quiet afternoon at the plate, going just 4-24 with a pair of walks. LiAnn Linck and Alyssa Hoot both went 1-3 while Taylor Belsito and Elizabeth Harrigan reached base safely on walks. Gabrielle Timms was credited with the loss, allowing eleven hits in five innings with three walks and one strikeout, giving up six runs, five of which were earned.
The first run of the game came off the bat of Aimee Mortensen, which scored N. Sargent in the bottom of the second. Heidi Shaw led off the third with a triple to center – her first of two in the game – and would later score on a passed ball. Lona Sargent reached on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the fourth, stole second and third, and would later score on a throwing error. The Eagles opened things up in the bottom of the fifth, scoring 3 consecutive runs. N. Sargent singled and advanced to second on the throw which scored Ashley Smith and moved Brianna Webster to third. Mortensen singled to right field that scored Webster and moved N. Sargent to third. L. Sargent would end the scoring drive with a single to right field that moved Mortensen to third and scored N. Sargent.
In the second game, the Eagles went 9-23, led by senior left fielder Webster who went 2-3 at the plate and scoring two runs. N. Sargent went 2-2 at the dish with a walk and chipped in three RBI. L. Sargent finished the game going 2-3 knocking in an RBI and also scoring a run. Courtney had a solid game on the bases, swiping two from the Pilgrims. Kody Lyon went four complete innings, allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out three in the game.
The Pilgrims were led once again by Linck at the plate, going 2-3 with a stolen base. Emily Hasse and Belisto went 1-2 on the game while Harrigan and Alyssa Hoot reached on free passes. Harrigan also earned the loss, while tossing three innings, giving up seven hits, seven walks, and seven earned runs while striking out one Husson batter.
The Eagles got off to a quick start, scoring one run in the bottom of the first after Victoria Overlock grounded out to shortstop allowing Hill to come home. Mortensen got things started in the second with a single up to middle and advanced to second on a throwing error. The hit scored Webster and advanced N. Sargent to third. Hill reached on a bunt single that scored Kylee Gardiner who was pinch running for N. Sargent. The senior first baseman singled through the left side scoring Smith and Overlock, adding two more to the board later in the bottom of the third. L. Sargent singled to right center which brought Webster in for the RBI to keep the rally going for Husson. In the fourth inning, N. Sargent reached on an infield single that scored Livermore who had singled up the middle earlier in the inning. Husson plated the eighth and final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth when Jessica Poulin laid down a squeeze bunt that brought L. Sargent home.
The Eagles will head to the University of Maine at Farmington for a double header to end the regular season conference play on Saturday beginning at 3:00 pm. New England College concludes the regular season at 19-17 with a NAC record 11-5.