Bangor, ME - Husson softball combined for 21 hits over two games to earn a non-conference doubleheader sweep over the University of Southern Maine Sunday afternoon at Boucher Field by a score of 7-5 and 6-3. Husson has now won nine out their last 10 games to improve to 12-8 overall, and the Huskies which dropped their record to 15-11 overall have lost their last three games.
Game One: Husson 7, Southern Maine 5
Trailing 1-0 after three innings, Southern Maine took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth on three hits and a pair walks. Mary Caron led off the inning with a single to left centerfield and then moved to second on a walk to Courtney Davis. With the Huskies threatening for a big inning, Husson turned a double play on the next batter erasing Caron and batter Kristen Duross. With two outs and a runner on second, Amber Kelly hit an RBI double to center field to drive in Southern Maine's first run of the game. Another walk, this time to Samantha Crosman giving the Huskies runners on second and first with two outs, before Allison Pillar doubled down the left field line scoring Kelly.
The scored remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth when the Eagles' rallied with two outs to take a 6-2 lead. Chelsea Brennan singled to left field scoring Hill with the tying run. After Haley Spiers walked loading the bases full of Eagles, Sami Schultz smashed a grand-slam homerun over the left field fence putting Husson head 6-2.
The Eagles' would add one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Lyndsay Merrill hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring K. Merrill with Husson's seventh run of the game.
Southern Maine would rally for three runs in the top of seventh with two outs on a RBI triple from Duross, an RBI single from Kelley and RBI double from Crosman, but K. Merrill would get Pillar to pop to L. Merrill to end the game.
K. Merrill went the distance for the Eagles, allowing five earned on eleven hits with three walks and four strikeouts over the seven innings picking up the win. K. Merrill moves to 6-3 on the season while Erika Millett falls to 8-5 with the loss. Millett pitched seven innings, allowing seven earned on ten hits with three walks.
Game Two: Husson 6, Southern Maine 3
Game Two was the same story as game one was as Husson would have to rally late to complete the swept of the Huskies from the University of Southern Maine.
The Eagles would take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of first when K. Merrill scored on a RBI double from Casey Lopes.
Southern Maine would find themselves trailing once again in the top of the third when they connected on a pair of hits and taking advantage of pair Husson miscues when Davis scored the first unearned run of the inning on a fielding error by the right fielder after reaching on base safely with a single and the second on a RBI single by Kelly put Southern Maine head 2-1.
The Huskies would extend their lead to 3-1 on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Pillar, scoring Duross with Husson's third unearned run of the game in the top of the sixth.
Brennan would lead off the bottom of the sixth with a single to start Husson's comeback. She would advance to second on a single by Haley Spiers and scored when Schultz reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman. Nicole Andrade would hit a RBI ground-rule double to left field on the very next pitch sending Spiers home with the tying run. K. Merrill would put Husson in the lead when she hit a 2-run single through the right side, scoring Andrade and Schultz. The Eagles would add one more in the inning off a fielder's choice by Lopes making score 6-3.
Eagles' starting pitcher, Alannah Healy would pitch a perfect seventh to finish off the four hit complete game, allowing three unearned with one walk and one strikeout to pick up her fourth win of the season. Taking the lost was Kelly, her sixth of the season, allowing four earned runs on five hits in relief of starting pitcher Desiree Benner, who pitched the first 4.2 innings allowing one earned run on six hits.
The Eagles' return to the diamond on Wednesday, April 15th when the host the University of Maine of Farmington for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at 3pm. Southern Maine returns to action on Tuesday, April 14th in a Little East Conference doubleheader at Plymouth State University.