Bangor, ME – The Husson University softball team swept a pair of non-conference games from Colby College on a cold Wednesday night at Boucher Field. Husson won the first game 6-1 and the second game 3-2. The Eagles improved to 9-7 overall and the Mules dropped to 5-11 overall.
Game 1: Husson 6, Colby 1
Husson got on the board in the top of first inning with 2 outs when Lyndsay Merrill and Casey Lopes hit back to back triples. The Eagles weren't done scoring in the inning as Deb Colpitts singled to right field scoring Lopes and Haley Spiers singled down the left field line scoring Chelsea Brennan extending Husson's lead to 3-0.
The Mules would score their only run of game in the bottom of first when Meaghan Lewia led off the inning with a solo shot to left field.
In the second, Nicole Andrade would lead off the inning with Husson's third triple of the game. On the very next pitch Kayla Merrill would hit a perfect sacrifice bunt, squeezing in Andrade to extend Husson's lead to 4-1.
The Eagles' would extend their lead to 5-1 in the top of fifth when Colpitts hit a ground-rule doubled down the right field line scoring Gabrielle Bryant.
Sami Schultz would lead off the top of sixth with Husson's fourth triple of the game breaking the school's single game record for triples.
Husson would add one run in the top of the seventh when Colpitts hit another ground-rule double to center field scoring L. Merrill.
K. Merrill went the distance for the Eagles, allowing one earned on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over the seven innings picking up the win. K. Merrill moves to 4-3 on the season while Julia Saul falls to 4-7 with the loss. Saul pitched seven innings, allowing six earned on ten hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Colpitts would finish the game going 3-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI. Husson would combine to hit eight extra base hits (4 doubles and 4 triples) in the game.
Game 2: Husson 3, Colby 2
Husson took advantage of Colby's mistakes early, scoring in the first inning on a fly ball that should have easily been caught by the centerfielder to retire Colpitts. Instead, Colpitts reached on the error and Allie Hill and L. Merrill scored.
The Eagles would tack on another run in the top of the fifth after K. Merrill walked, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a wild pitch by Megan Michie.
The Mules would get on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Lewia doubled to center field scoring Erica Pulford. Colby would add one more run in the inning off Colpitts who entered the game in the bottom of the sixth coming in for relief of starting pitcher Alannah Healy, when Emily Schatz grounded out and Lewia scored. Healy would reenter the game after Colpitts gave up a doubled to right center to Tori Sansone but she would get Grace Farnkoff to ground out to second base to end the Mules threat in the sixth.
Colby would get the tying run on in the bottom of the seventh when Kathleen Mason hit a ground-rule doubled down the right field line but Healy would get Pulford to fly out to left field to end the game.
Healy who retired the first eleven batters she faced before Schatz singled up the middle would pitch six and one third of innings, allowing no runs, with a walk and two strikeouts to pick up her 3rd win of the season. Michie who took the lose, would go the distance for the Mules, allowing three unearned runs on two hits, while walking two and eight strikeouts.
With the two wins today, Husson has now won the last seven meetings between the two schools.
Husson will officially open up NAC play after their doubleheader with Johnson State last weekend was postponed by Mother Nature when they travel to Waterville for a doubleheader with Thomas College on Saturday, starting at 12pm and the Mules return to the diamond on Friday when they host NESCAC rival Bates College at 4pm.