Softball Takes Down Mitchell and Pitt-Greensburg in Doubleheader

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

LEESBURG, Fla. – The Eagles had an incredible day all around on Tuesday, accumulating 24 runs while only giving up two, as they defeated Mitchell College and Pitt-Greensburg in the early afternoon.

 

Game 1: Husson 17, Mitchell 1

Jen Jones seized her first win of the season for Husson (4-2) from the circle, allowing the Mariner's (1-4) only two hits and one run in the first inning, to combine with her impressive nine K's. With the help of her teammates backing her up in the field, Jones only saw 17 batters approach the plate. In the last four innings, the Eagles kept their time in the field brief, featuring 1-2-3 out innings with no more than three batters each time.

Sarah Bragg saw the first hit of the day, smacking a double out to left, moving along Chloe Gorey down to third. Arika Brochu got lucky with a drop third, just barely making it to first loading up the bases. Olivia Smith stepped up with a big bat, clearing the bases for three RBI's.

Mariner's Samantha DelConte achieved Mitchell's first hit in the bottom of the first, with a single, then showed impressive base running skills making it home off of Suzanne Vachon's double, who was on deck. Jones quickly put an end to this attack and held off Mitchell from scoring the rest of the game to bring in the 17-1 win.

Both DelConte and Vachon went 1-for-2 with their team's only hits. Starting pitcher for the Mariners was Taylor Duchesneau, tossing one strikeout and only one walk in the first two innings. DelConte relieved her for the final three innings holding Husson hitless and scoreless in the fourth.

The Eagles showed off some big hitters that afternoon as both Tamara Aunchman and Jones, smacked two balls over the fence for home runs. Going for triples were the Olivia duo, Olivia Smith and Olivia Maynard. Bragg also pitched in two of her own doubles.  Smith led Husson with four RBI's, while five athletes saw two RBI's apiece including, Bragg, Briana Brochu, Smith, Maynard, Aunchman, and Nicole Andrade who also registered the only stolen base on the game.

 

Game 2: Husson 7, Pitt-Greensburg 1

The Eagles (5-2) took an early lead in the bottom of the second as the Bobcat's (3-2) infield struggled with errors, allowing two players to reach first after their pitcher gave up a walk to load up the bases. Brianna Bires stepped up to the plate sending a huge triple to deep right center clearing the bases for three RBI's. Chloe Gorey came in trumping her teammates triple by hitting them both home with a home run. This was her second of the season and the third player for Husson to knock one out of the park that day.

Jaimie Schleicher then entered into the game for the Bobcat's to relieve pitcher, Kylie Gansor, and close out the second inning with two strikeouts. Schleicher continued her streak going into the third, striking out another three Husson players while leaving three Eagles stranded on base.

The Eagles added on another two runs in the bottom of the fourth which started with a walk and steal to second by Sarah Bragg. A couple errors later along with a double by Casey Lopes, left the Eagles up 7-0. Pitt-Greensburg finally put their only run up on the board following singles by Derica Crowley and Schleicer who advanced into scoring position and Crowley scored an unearned run off of errors by Husson. Alannah Healy quickly put an end to this attack with a strikeout.

For Husson, Healy pitched the entire game picking up her second win of the season with six strikeouts and allowing only one walk. The only players with RBI's on the afternoon were Bires with three, going 2-for-3, and Gorey bringing in two, going 2-for-4. Both Bragg and Arika Brochu helped put Husson in a better scoring position by stealing a base each.

Crowley was the only athlete to make it home for Pitt-Greensburg that afternoon. Also contributing offensively were Colleen Murphy and Schleicer who both batted 2-for-3.

The Eagles will finally catch a break tomorrow, after three straight days of doubleheaders; Husson softball only has one game at 8am against Haverford in Leesburg, Fla.