Eagles Earn Split in First Doubleheader of the Season

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Husson softball team split their first doubleheader of the 2017 season with a 10-2 win over Saint Elizabeth to start off the morning. The Eagles then fell to Concordia-Moorhead, 7-9, who already had nine games under their belt so far this season to Husson's two games. After the Cobbers rallied in the final two innings scoring their only runs, the Eagles struggled to get players on base in the bottom of the seventh to make a comeback.

Game 1: Husson 10, Saint Elizabeth 2 

Following a scoreless first inning for both teams, Husson (1-1) made the first move as Olivia Smith took one for the team getting hit by a pitch in the top of the second. Morgan Coleman helped push Smith into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline. One batter later, Casey Heath stepped up to the plate sending a triple out to right center, adding on two RBI's as she sent Smith and Kylie Kennedy home for the first runs of the morning. With only one out, Brianna Bires brought in Heath for an RBI with a groundout to second. Nicole Andrade hit a hard single to left, followed by Saint Elizabeth (0-1) giving up an error, allowing Chloe Gorey to reach first while also pushing Andrade to second. To close out Husson's attack, Andrade made it home on an unearned run to put the Husson Eagles on top 4-0.

Husson's Arika Brochu gathered up two strikeouts on Saint Elizabeth in the bottom of the fourth before allowing two back-to-back singles by Megan Lapinski and Victoria Ciallella. Unfortunately for Saint Elizabeth, two players were left stranded on base as the third out was tossed from shortstop Gorey to Brochu on second, holding them scoreless going into the fifth.

To kick off the fifth inning, A. Brochu sent a double right down the left field line. Olivia Maynard came in with a walk, followed by Morgan Coleman grounding out, but advancing both players into scoring position at the same time. Kennedy hit a solid shot out to left center drawing in two runs, but couldn't quite make it to third in time and was thrown out.

A. Brochu was on a roll from the circle in the bottom of the fifth, seeing three Saint Elizabeth players strike out swinging.

Husson had a successful seventh inning, scoring another three runs, which started with A. Brochu reaching first on an error who was swapped out with pinch runner, Caitlin Bean, shortly after.  Paige Veilleux-Adams had her first hit of the day, singling to right field, and then stealing second. Maynard walked to help load up the bases for Husson. With the first out of the inning, Coleman hit a pop fly to left while also helping Bean hit home plate. Kennedy then swung another double to the outfield, gathering up two RBI's as Maynard and Veilleux-Adams made it home.

Saint Elizabeth tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring their first and final runs of the game. Danesha Triplett and Marielis Alicea started off the rally by taking walks to get on base. Heather Passaro then took advantage of an error by Husson to make it to first and load up the bases. Teammates, Rachael Romer and Elizabeth Unger, hit a pair of singles to each gain an RBI. The Saint Elizabeth Eagles efforts ended there; however, leaving two stranded to finish out the game, giving Husson their first victory of the 2017 season, 10-2.

Both Unger and Lapinski went 2-for-4 for Saint Elizabeth, while Unger also brought in one of her team's RBI's and Romer added on the second RBI.

For Husson, Kennedy finished 2-for-3 composed of two doubles with an impressive three RBI's. Heath was the only player of the game to hit a triple which provided her with two RBI's. Andrade, Gorey, and Veilleux-Adams all showed aggressive base running as each teammate captured a stolen base. A. Brochu featured her first win of the season from the circle, throwing seven strikeouts in seven innings and only allowing one earned run.

Game 2: Concordia-Moorhead 9, Husson 7

Husson (1-2) was first to strike in the matchup against Concordia-Moorhead (4-6) with a big triple by Olivia Smith. Casey Lopes came in clutch with a sacrifice fly helping Smith run home to close out the second ending with the Eagles up 1-0.

The Eagles saw a quick 1-2-3 outs in the top of the fourth with superior fielding, while holding the Cobbers scoreless.

Husson's pitcher, Jen Jones was all warmed up by the fifth inning, claiming all three outs in strikeouts.

Scoring really picked up in the bottom of the fifth, as Arika Brochu stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and continued the attack with a double out to left center, scoring Andrade and Bires. Smith approached the plate for the second time, smacking a sacrifice fly to bring in Gorey for the third run of the inning.

Concordia-Moorhead entered into the competition outscoring Husson in the sixth inning 5-3. Madi Veith commenced the scoring action with a hard triple to right center, scoring Sydney Roberts for an RBI. Lexi Olek followed suit with a single right up the middle of the field, sending Veith home. A couple batters later, and Madison Little displayed a crucial at bat for the Cobbers smacking a triple out to center field with the bases loaded, gaining three RBI's.

The Eagles answered scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to put themselves back on top 7-5. Morgan Coleman sacrifice flied Briana Brochu in who was pinch running for Kylie Kennedy who got on base by a single. Chloe Gorey then scored the next two RBI's with the first home run of the 2017 season for the Eagles.

The Cobbers then replied in the top of the seventh, scoring an additional four runs to reclaim the lead. Olivia Stockinger advanced all runners with a groundout to second which helped score Brooke Swarthout. Immediately after, Olivia Lien added on a double for two RBI's. Capturing the final RBI of the game was Madison Little hitting in Taylor Rasmussen with a hard single to left, taking the close 9-7 win.

Winning pitcher, Abigail Haraldson for Concordia-Moorhead, showed four strikeouts to Husson's pitcher, Jen Jones, who struck out eight players.

Little led her team offensively going 4-for-5 with four RBI's and a triple. Her teammate, Veith, also contributed a triple. Also helping out her team, Roberts went 2-for-3 including a double while Rasumussen hit two sacrifice flies for two RBI's.

For the Eagles, Gorey led her team hitting 2-for-3 with a huge homer to snag two RBI's. Other big hitters for Husson were A. Brochu with a double and two RBI's and Smith with a triple, two sacrifices, and one RBI. Andrade was the only player to successfully steal a base that morning.