Eagles Sweep Doubleheader Against Beavers; Merrill and Healy Combine to No-Hit UMF

Eagles Sweep Doubleheader Against Beavers; Merrill and Healy Combine to No-Hit UMF

Bangor, ME – The Husson University softball team swept a pair of non-conference games from the University of Maine at Farmington. Husson won the first game 8-0 in six innings behind the pitching of Kayla Merrill and Alannah Healy who combined to no-hit the Beavers and the second game 11-3 in five innings. The Eagles improved to 7-7 overall and the Beavers dropped to 1-3 overall.

Game 1: Husson 8, UMaine-Farmington 0

The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the first when Deb Colpitts singled to left field, advancing Casey Lopes to second and Allie Hill to third, and sending K. Merrill home for a run.

In the bottom of the fourth, Erika Parker led off with a single down the left field line and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Haley Spiers. On the very next pitch by Abby Burdin, Sami Schultz drove it over the left field fence for a two-run homerun. Hill also added two-run homerun of her own later in the inning to bring the score to 5-0

The Eagles would add three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to clinch the victory.  

K. Merrill pitched the first five innings of no-hit ball for the win, including nine strikeouts, tying her season high and Healy pitched a perfect sixth inning to finish off the no-hitter. Burdin pitched 5.2 innings for the loss. Hill would finish the game with 2 hits and 3 runs batted in.

Game 2: Husson 11, UMaine-Farmington 3

In the second game of the day, The Beavers jumped out early and plated two first inning runs.

Shelby Bryant led off the game with a walk, stole second one pitch later and scored on a RBI single by Meryl Bond. Katie Clark drove in the second run of inning on a RBI groundout scoring Bond. The Eagles would get one of the those early runs back in the bottom of the inning when Lyndsay Merrill singled to left field driving in her sister K. Merrill.

Kennadi Grover followed with a RBI single up the middle in the top of third inning scoring Kiana Thompson extending the Beavers' lead to 3-1. The lead was short-lived, as Husson's K. Merrill and Nicole Andrade scored off a Hill two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the third to tie things up.

The Eagles would take the lead a few batters later when Shannon Graves singled to centerfield scoring L. Merrill. Husson would extend their lead to 8-3 when Gabrielle Bryant hit a fly ball to the centerfielder, which was dropped and rolled all the way to fence by the time a UMF player picked up the ball.  Graves, Shaniah Haskell, Lopes and Bryant all scored.

Husson would add three more runs in the bottom of the fourth behind a RBI single by Chelsea Brennan, then Bryant was hit by a pitch and Andrade walked.

Deb Colpits picked up the win for Husson after coming in for relief of stating pitcher Healy, while Emily Vitone got the loss in her collegiate debut.

Husson will open up NAC play with a doubleheader when they host Johnson State on Saturday, starting at 12:00 PM. UMaine-Farmington returns to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader at the University of New England.