Orono, ME - Husson University softball hosted the Brandeis Judges in a non-conference doubleheader at the Mahaney Dome on the campus of the University of Maine on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles went 1-1 on the day, improving to 6-4 overall. Brandeis stands at 10-6 overall.
Game 1: Husson 4, Brandeis 9
Husson gave up an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as an Anya Kamber double sent Amanda Genovese across the plate for the first run of the day. Husson countered in the bottom of the second inning, scoring four runs. A Haley Spiers double started off the scoring for the Eagles, sending Casey Lopes home. Next, Mallory Conary singled to advance Spiers, and a Kayla Merrill triple sent Conary and Spiers home for runs. Allie Hill (Calais, ME) closed out the inning with a single that gave K. Merrill a run.
Brandeis chipped away at Husson's lead in the third inning, scoring two runs to make it 4-3 in favor of the Eagles. A Nikki Cote single that led to a Husson error sent Cori Coleman home to tie the game in the fourth inning, and Brandeis pulled ahead on another run by Coleman in the fifth. Husson would not get on the scoreboard again, as Brandeis sealed the 9-4 win with three more runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh.
Kamber led the Judges in Game 1, going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI, and Genovese scored 3 runs.
Melissa Nolan pitched a complete game for the Judges, giving up six hits and four runs while facing 32 batters. K. Merrill pitched seven innings for the Eagles and gave up 16 hits and 9 runs against 41 batters.
Game 2: Husson 6, Brandeis 2
Husson rallied in Game 2, with Amanda Ryan pitching for the win. Brandeis again took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, as a Coleman single sent Genovese home. Husson responded in the bottom of the second inning with a Spiers single that drove Casey Lopes home for a run.
Lopes turned around in the bottom of the fourth to hit a double that would allow Chelsea Brennan to score. Lyndsey Merrill and Brennan earned RBI's in the bottom of the sixth, sending Conary and K. Merrill across the plate, to give Husson a 4-1 lead.
The Judges got one more run on the scoreboard off a Coleman homerun, but the Eagles closed out the game with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning from Spiers and Hill.
Ryan allowed just seven hits and two runs in pitching her second win of the year, while Nolan, Emma Krulick, and Melissa Soleimani shared pitching duties for the Judges. Krulick picked up the loss and allowed seven hits and three runs in two innings.
Husson head coach Kristie Hawkins said of the Eagles' day, "I was proud of how our players bounced back after a tough first game. We were able to execute with runners in scoring position and put all facets of our game together. Key defensive plays and pitching were important pieces to the win. Brandeis is a quality team and it was important for us to be challenged before we start NAC play this coming week."
The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Southern Maine for a 3:30 doubleheader. Brandeis will next host a two game series with Wellesley, also on Wednesday, April 2.