Johnson, VT - The Husson University softball team closed out its regular season schedule on Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep at Johnson State.
Game one was re-started from April 13 when a game had to be halted due to weather in what was originally a home game for Husson, but the Eagles came out swinging on the road as they went on to a 23-0 win over the Badgers. Husson would carry the heavy offense into game two as well, coming out with a 17-1 victory.
Husson received a potent mix of pitching and hitting in game one, as Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) threw a one-hitter to pick up her 12th victory of the season. She struck out two batters and walked none in the five innings, while also helping her own cause by going 4-for-4 with six RBI at the plate including a three-run home run, her seventh of the season.
Five other Eagles had multiple hits in the rout, led by Chelsea Brennan (Woonsocket, RI) who was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Casey Lopes (New Bedford, MA) added a 3-for-4 line with two runs and two RBI, while Lyndsay Merrill (Bethel, ME), Jess Poulin (Albion, ME) and Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) all contributed two hits apiece.
Kelsey Taylor had the lone hit for the Badgers in game one.
Game two brought much of the same offensive onslaught from the Eagles, led by homers from both Merrill sisters and Lopes. Husson now has 27 homers in 34 games as a team this season.
Kayla Merrill went 4-for-4 again with five RBI and three runs scored, Lyndsay Merrill went 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs, and Lopes was 2-for-2 with four RBI and two runs for the Eagles.
Alannah Healy (Brockton, MA) picked up the win in game two for Husson, giving up one earned run on just two hits in the five inning game. She struck out one batter and walked three as she collected her fourth win of the year.
Kristy Mcdonnell and Sarah Voorhis each had a hit for Johnson, with Mcdonnell driving in Voorhis for the Badgers' only run of the day.
"Considering the circumstances, it was great to see the girls come out strong and played hard on defense and offense," Husson coach Kristie Hawkins said after the games.
"We came out early and held the lead in both games. People stepped up in big ways and it was the little things today that showed us we are ready for playoffs."
Husson bettered their record to 25-9 for the season, and they now look forward to hosting the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. The Eagles earned the right to host by posting a 12-2 NAC regular season record, and they will be on the hunt for their sixth consecutive conference championship.
Johnson State falls to 6-21 with the losses, and 5-9 in the NAC but they will still qualify in the sixth and final spot in the tournament.
Husson and Johnson will meet again on Friday in game one of the NAC tourney, which is set to kick off at 10 a.m.