BRUNSWICK, Maine – After earning a 12-11 extra-innings win over Bowdoin in the opening game, the Eagles dropped shortened nightcap 5-3 to split Tuesday's doubleheader.
The Eagles (23-11) and Polar Bears (27-13) both conclude their regular season with the day's split.
Game One Recap – Husson 12, Bowdoin 11
Despite outhitting the Eagles 22-16, Bowdoin was unable to come away with a win in game one after ten innings of play. Husson put five runs on the board in the opening four innings before Bowdoin would answer in the bottom half of the fourth.
Deb Colpitts got the Husson offense started with an RBI single in the first inning and Nicole Andrade double the Eagles' lead in the second by driving in another run. Casey Lopes tallied a two-run double in the third and Chelsea Brennan homered in the fourth as Husson scored a run in each of the game's first four innings.
Bowdoin's bats came alive in the fourth and fifth innings as Victoria Rusch got the Polar Bears started with an RBI double and Natalie Edwards singled to right center, scoring Jordan Gowdy. The Polar Bears took their first lead of the game in the fifth as Gowdy drove in a run and Rusch tallied two more RBI off a single. Adriane Krul scored Rusch with another base hit while Marisa O'Toole tallied her first RBI of the game driving in Krul. Trailing 8-5 in the top of the sixth, Husson put runs on the board in the following two innings to knot the game at 8-8. Andrade scored the team's sixth run after tagging up on a caught foul ball. Chelsea Brennan drove in the two tying runs in with a bases clearing single.
Both team's traded runs in the eighth inning, scoring one each, and again in the ninth as Sami Schultz and Haley Spiers drove in runs for Husson and Cielle Collins and Emily Griffin tallied RBI for Bowdoin. Allie Hill's bunt in the tenth was enough to score Andrade and win the game.
Griffin went 6.1 innings for Bowdoin with two strikeouts and five walks. Julia Geaumont came in to pitch the final innings notching as many strikeouts with three hits allowed. Kayla Merrill started in the circle for Husson going four innings with two K's and three earned runs. Colpits came in, allowing five runs with one strikeout, before Alannah Healy closed out the game by fanning two and allowing eight hits.
Game Two Recap – Bowdoin 5, Husson 3
Both pitchers who appeared in the final innings of game one remained in the circle for game two, with opposite results. Geaumont went six innings with three strikeouts to earn the win while Healy tallied one strikeout with five earned runs. The Eagles managed eight hits off Geaumont, as opposed to Bowdoin's seven, but the Polar Bears would come out ahead after a pivotal two-run fifth.
After both teams were retired in order to begin the first two innings, Husson put three runs up in the top of the third. Brennan got the Eagles on the board with an RBI double. Andrade added to the score by driving in Brennan from third, and Lyndsy Merrill tagged an RBI double to give Husson the 3-0 lead. Bowdoin responded in the bottom of the inning as Collins drove in Nicole Nelson and O'Toole tallied two more RBI with a double.
Bowdoin broke the deadlock in the fifth as Siena Mitman cleared the left field fence for her first homerun of the season. O'Toole drove in one more run with a single to put the Polar Bears ahead by two. With darkness descending over Pickard Field, the umpires decided the sixth inning would mark the day's final at-bats. With Husson unable to respond in the top half of the inning, Bowdoin came away with the 5-3 victory.