Bangor, Maine - The Husson University softball team was upset by a score of 8-4 in the first match-up of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament, through a steady rain on Friday morning at O'Keefe Field. The Terriers will advance to play the winner between Castleton State and New England College in a game immediately following.
Thomas pitcher Sara Pavento (Glenburn, Maine) was touched up in the first, but settled down on her way to a complete game win. Husson was able to mount a total of four runs on eight hits and four walks with a single strikeout.
For the Eagles, Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, Maine) was tagged with the loss, pitching six and two-thirds, sandwiched around a third of an inning added by reliever Kody Lyon (Dalton, N.H.) in the fourth. McCarty allowed five earned on three hits and six walks while striking out three.
The Terriers recorded six hits in the game on their way to the eight runs. Eight different runners crossed the plate for the visiting team, while six different Thomas batters recorded their hits, showcasing a complete team effort to get the win. Alyssa Eugley (Sidney, Maine) and McKayla Gastia (Milford, Maine) each drove in a pair, while scoring runs on matching 1-3 days. Second baseman Lauren Hachey (Oakland, Maine) also turned in a two-RBI performance while going 1-2 at the dish.
Husson was led by their two fantastic first year infielders; recently named 2012 NAC Rookie of the Year Victoria Overlock (Belfast, Maine) was 2-4 with a couple of runs scored and an RBI, while second baseman Ashley Smith (Ellsworth, Maine) went 2-3 and drove in a pair.
In the bottom of the first, Husson jumped out to an early lead when Courtney Hill (Calais, Maine) led off with an infield single and advanced to second on an error. Hill stole third while Brianna Webster (Belfast, Maine) walked and found the Terriers off guard, instantly stealing second. That set the table for Overlock who laid down a bunt for a squeeze play and wound up safe on the play. With runners on the corners, DP Chelsea Brennan (Woonsocket, R.I.) drew a walk to load the bases. Smith stepped into the box and beat out an infield single to plate the team's second run of the inning. First baseman Nicole Sargent (Sullivan, Maine) was patient at the plate to get an RBI walk. The Terriers made outs by way of the fielder's choice to end the inning, and it was 3-0 in favor of the Eagles after one.
Thomas got one back in the third when Alei Collier (Sidney, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Eugley came up with a two-out double off the wall down the left field line that plated Collier and it was 3-1 Husson after two and a half.
The Eagles got two runners on in the bottom of the third, but were not able to drive them in and went scoreless in the inning. That proved costly as the Terriers opened up for seven runs in the top of the fourth. Ali Kriegel (Winslow, Maine) hit a one-out infield single, and avanced to second on a Sara Moynihan (Enfield, Ct.) walk. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, allowing Kristi Hilton (Monmouth, Maine) to lay down a suicide squeeze bunt, and Kriegel was safe on the play at the plate. Samantha Moore (Etna, Maine) walked to load the bases, and after an infield fly, Lyon came into the circle. A walk to Eugley plated Moynihan which leveled the score at three. Kelsey Crowe (Gorham, Maine) singled through the left side, allowing the runners to move up and giving Thomas their first lead of the day. With the bases still loaded, Gastia belted a double down the left field line bringing in two more runs. Hachey kept the rally going with a single to right center that scored two as well, and after the big inning, the Terriers led 8-3.
It was a pitcher's duel the rest of the way, and Husson was able to get one more across in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to mount the comeback, and Thomas celebrated their upset victory by a score of 8-4.
The Terriers will play the winner between Castleton State and New England College who square off a at 1:00 pm. Husson awaits the loser of that game in the first game on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 10:00 pm. The winners' game is scheduled for an approximate noon time start.