LEESBURG, Fla. – Husson softball walked away with a win and a loss on Thursday as they dropped the first game 0-5 to John Carroll, then found their second wind and went on to defeat Drew 8-4 immediately after.
Game 1: Husson 0, John Carroll 5
The Eagles (5-4) had some trouble getting the ball past the blue streak's (5-2) defense and pitching roster. Starting in the circle for John Carroll was Jessica Cook who had four K's, two walks, and let one hit through in five innings. She was then subbed out by Kayla Navratil who gave up a walk in the sixth inning followed by Jennifer Patterson taking care of the seventh.
For Husson, Jen Jones kicked off the game pitching up until the fifth inning after she'd given up three runs; Arika Brochu stepped in to replace her, allowing another two more runs. Jones dished out two strikeouts, 48 strikes, and only one walk in her four innings while A. Brochu posted one strikeout and one walk to close out the game. As a team, the Eagles held the blue streaks scoreless in the second, third, and sixth inning.
On the day, Lindsay McKnight led the blue streaks offensively going 3-for-3 with a double and making it home twice. Angie Zappitelli was also helpful batting 2-for-3 with two RBI's and a double while teammate, Hannah Mizener had the third double of the game for her team and scored a run.
Over in the other dugout, Husson showed two players taking one for the team laying down sacrifice bunts, Nicole Andrade and Casey Lopes. The Eagles displayed an impressive play in the bottom of the third with a sharp throw down to shortstop Sarah Bragg from catcher Lopes, as the two caught Mizener attempting to steal second. A. Brochu was the only Husson player to post a hit the whole game with her bunt and speedy base running skills. Bragg, Jones, and Casey Heath all tallied up a walk after waiting patiently for the right pitch. By the end of the game, both teams had left six players stranded on the bases.
Game 2: Drew 4, Husson 8
Drew (3-5) struck first in the morning matchup against Husson (6-4), as Lauren Mastropierro sent a double out to center field, hitting Phylicia Pellot home from second.
The following innings were fairly quiet until the Eagles finally replied with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Chloe Gorey knocked a single through the middle of the field. Olivia Smith on deck sent Gorey all the way smashing the ball to deep center for a double. In walked Casey Lopes for a single, followed by Kylie Kennedy shooting a hard single to the outfield and scoring both runners before getting out at second to end the inning.
The Eagles saw four more runs score in the fourth and a couple errors on Drew's end, increasing Husson's lead to 7-1. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Kennedy took the RBI on a walk with bases loaded, scoring Nicole Andrade to make it 8-1.
It wasn't until the top of the seventh that the Rangers were able to send a player all the way around the bases to home. Drew softball attempted a comeback, but Husson shut them down with a double play, after allowing three runs, to end the game.
Contributing offensively for the Rangers, Bethany Budner led her team hitting 3-for-4 with one RBI. Four players had two hits apiece, Pellot, Brooke Adams, Heather Ronchi, and Meghan McGuire.
For the Eagles, Briana Brochu was on a roll in the batter's box, going 3-for-4 and scoring one run. Hitting players in for Husson, Kennedy posted three RBI's and Lopes showed two. Three teammates smashed a double each on the game including Smith, Lopes, and Brianna Bires. With immense contribution to the win, Courtney McIntyre pitched a helpful seven innings to make her record 2-0 so far this season. She only allowed three earned runs and one walk while tossing in four K's to finish out the day.