Softball Drops 2017 Season Opener to Milwaukee School of Engineering, 8-5

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Husson University softball team open up their 2017 campaign with an 8-5 loss to Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) on day one of their spring trip on Saturday afternoon.

Husson (0-1) fell into a 1-0 hole with one out in the top of the first, when Kiersti Davis led off the game with a single and scored on a fielder's choice by Milwaukee School of Engineering's (6-4) Emily Snow.

The Raiders added four more runs in the top of the third on back-to-back triples by Kim White and Gabi Robderman for a 5-0 advantage, forcing Husson head coach Terren Allen to make a call to her bullpen with a runner on third base with two outs. Newly entered Eagle pitcher Jen Jones got Husson out of the jam with a punch-out of Davis sparking the Husson comeback.

Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the third, Husson got on the board with a run off three hits cutting the MSOE lead to four. With two outs in the inning, Briana Brochu doubled and scored on a RBI single by Arika Brochu. A. Brochu moved up to second base on single by Tamara Aunchman before MSOE pitcher Liz Gale retired Casey Lopes on a groundout ending the Eagle threat.

Jones kept the Raiders scoreless in the top half of the fourth, allowing the Eagles to close the margin to two. Olivia Smith led off the inning with single before scoring on Chloe Gorey's RBI triple. A RBI single by Brianna Bires plated Gorey making the score 5-3.

The Eagles tied the game up at five in the bottom half of the fifth on one hit and two Raider miscues. Aunchman led off the inning with single and moved up to second as a result of error by Roderman on a ground ball by Lopes. Lopes and Aunchman both advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Smith before Gorey was issued a walk loading the bases with one out. After Bires struck out swinging, Jones earned a walk that forced in Aunchman with the Eagle fourth run of game and an error by Shannon Curtis on a ground ball by Nicole Andrade allowed Lopes to score the game tying run.

MSOE responded right away in the top of the sixth to regain the lead for good when Snow notched a RBI triple and a single from Amanda Manssen and ground out by Caitlyn Moran drove in a couple of more runs for the 8-5 victory.

For the Eagles, Gorey was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double, a triple, a walk and a RBI in her college debut, while Aunchman and B. Brochu each had two hits. Starting pitcher Alannah Healy allowed six hits, five runs (two earned) with two walks and two punch-outs in 2.2 innings picking up a no decision in her 2017 season debut. Jones (0-1) took the loss after allowing three hits, three runs (one earned) in 4.1 innings of relief with three walks and four strikeouts.

For the Raiders, Roderman, Snow, and Davis finished with two hits each, while White finished with three RBI's on the day. In the circle, Curtis (6-4) hurled the final 4.0 innings for the win. She allowed just one hit and was charged with a pair of unearned runs in the relief appearance. Gale got the start and tossed 3.0 innings.

Husson resumes play in Florida on Sunday with matchups against St. Elizabeth (8:00 a.m.) and Concordia-Moorhead (10:30 a.m.).