LEESBURG, Fla. – Two Eagle players, Chloe Gorey and Courtney McIntyre, led Husson to sweep the day with a fifth inning 2-1 victory on Muhlenberg, followed by the Eagles first shutout of the 2017 season, 16-0, against North Central (MN).
Game 1: Husson 2, Muhlenberg 1
Husson's (2-2) Chloe Gorey saved the Eagles in the top of the seventh; smacking a hard double to left to bring in Husson's only two runs of the game, which was just enough to overcome Muhlenberg (1-2).
First on the board in the early morning game were the Mules in the second inning, taking full advantage of an error out in left field. Kristina Qualben had Muhlenburg's first hit with a single right up the middle of the diamond. On deck was Courtney Simon who gave Husson's pitcher, Alannah Healy, her first strikeout of the game. In the hole for the Mules, Allyson Sweeney, came in clutch shooting a single out to left, resulting in an error by Husson which advanced her to second and pushed Qualben home to score Muhlenberg's only run.
Both teams displayed remarkable defense on the field in the following innings, holding each other scoreless until the top of the seventh when Husson's Gorey pulled out a big hit. The inning started off with Morgan Coleman attaining first with a single, then immediately swapped out by Kes Lavoie to pinch run for Coleman. Kylie Kennedy entered the game as pinch hitter for Brianna Bires, and took the walk to first, then switched back out with Bires who took her place on first to pinch run for Kennedy. A sacrifice by Nicole Andrade helped advance Bires and Lavoie into scoring position. Finally, Gorey stepped up to the plate nailing a double to left field to bring in Husson's first and only two runs to take the 2-1 win over Muhlenberg.
Husson's pitcher, Alannah Healy gathered up her first win of the season after pitching all seven innings, to only allow three hits, one unearned run, and a mere two walks. Overall, Olivia Smith went 2-for-3 for the Eagles while Gorey went 2-for-4. The two teammates were the only players to crank out doubles by the end of the game. As a team, the Eagles posted six hits to the Mules three.
Game 2: Husson 16, North Central (MN) 0
The Eagles (3-2) closed out a quick game against the North Central Rams (0-2) from Minnesota, mercy ruling them 16-0 in five innings.
The following innings consisted of the Eagles capitalizing on field errors and wild pitches offensively while defensively, Husson pitcher, Courtney McIntyre, had a hot arm striking out nine batters in five innings while only giving up one walk and three hits.
Going into the fifth inning, the Eagles were up 11-0 when their bats really started to fly. Batters, Paige Veilleux-Adams and McIntyre sent singles down the third base line to reach first. A passed ball by the Rams allowed the teammates to advance a base; scoring Adams who'd previously stolen second just prior to McIntyre's hit. Casey Heath added on another single followed immediately by a double to left by Briana Brochu for an RBI. To close out the inning, Olivia Maynard and Tyler Chastney hit back-to-back triples to bring in three more runs together.
For North Central (MN), Amanda Roth led her team batting 2-for-2 and Alex Rodriguez brought in the only other hit of the game. Roth was also the only Rams player to successfully steal a base and contributed 1.2 innings in the circle tossing two strikeouts. Kylee Bommersbach was the Rams starting pitcher, swapping out after 3.8 innings, only allowing four earned runs off of eight hits.
McIntyre not only pitched an outstanding game, but led her team from the plate, too. She went 3-for-3 scoring three runs and helping out with one RBI. Heath also saw success from the plate hitting 2-for-3 with two runs. Leading in RBI's in the game was Maynard accumulating three then Chastney helped out with two. With stellar base running performance, Andrade, Veilleux-Adams, and Chloe Gorey all stole a base to help Husson take the win. As a team, the Eagles tallied up 14 total hits.
On Tuesday, March 7th, Husson softball will get to sleep in a little later with the first pitch at 11:30am against Mitchell College to kick off the doubleheader in Clermont, Fla. The following game, the Eagles will take on the University of Pitt-Greensburg at 2:00pm.