LEESBURG, Fla. – Husson softball started off the morning strong as they took down Juniata College from Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the Eagles struggled to finish out the day with a second win, falling to the College of Saint Benedict from Minnesota.
Game 1: Husson 5, Juniata 2
Kylie Kennedy started off the morning with a bang for Husson (7-4); not only capturing the first RBI of the day, but the first run as well as she hit smashed the ball for a homerun in the second inning.
In the bottom of the fourth Juniata (4-5) retaliated with two runs of their own, starting with a SAC fly by Alyssa Shedlock to help Rachel Bernier score. The next batter up was Allie Baney who copied Shedlock, knocking a SAC fly to opposite side of the field which scored Brooke Ridenour.
Finally, Husson overtook Juniata in the top of the sixth after McIntyre singled out to left with the bases loaded which sent Kes Lavoie home, who was pinch running for Kennedy. On deck, Briana Brochu got lucky reaching first on an error then continued on to second to score up Brianna Bires and Nicole Andrade to close out the scoring for the rest of the game, as the Eagles captured the 5-2 victory.
Sacrifice hits seemed to be the theme of the game, as both teams tallied up six altogether with four for Husson. The Husson Eagles also saw two players steal second including Chloe Gorey and Andrade. Both Olivia Maynard and Andrade went 2-for-3 in the game. Alannah Healy pitched a solid game, allowing only two walks, seven hits, and throwing one strikeout.
In the other dugout, Juniata had one player batting 2-for-3 with one RBI, Baney. Kerigan Ammerman posted a double for her team while Chrisi Lerchen helped get closer to scoring with a stolen base.
Game 2: Saint Benedict 6, Husson 2
Starting pitcher, Jen Jones, for Husson (7-5) gave it her all, but the Husson defense just could not hold off Saint Benedict from scoring. Pitching all seven innings, Jones gave up ten hits and two walks while tossing three K's.
As for the Blazers (8-2), two pitchers were featured in the circle, with Alex Smith replacing Kadee Vesledahl in the bottom of the fourth, after she allowed the Eagles to score two runs and gave up four walks. Smith took charge and struck out seven players in four innings.
The Eagles were the first to make it home in the first inning, after stranding three the Blazers on base before closing out the top of the first. With bases loaded, Kylie Kennedy arrived on first based on the rule of fielder's choice, which sent Briana Brochu home.
Saint Benedict answered by adding on three runs of their own in the third and fourth innings.
By the bottom of the fourth, Husson was ready to get back in the game. The inning commenced with Kennedy walking to first, Olivia Maynard hitting a single, a sacrifice bunt by Nicole Andrade, then finally Morgan Coleman stepped up knocking out a single to send Kasey Poligni home, who had stepped in as a pinch runner for Kennedy. Unfortunately, this momentum by the Eagles was not enough to catch up with the Blazers, who went on to score three more runs in the sixth and seventh innings for the 6-2 win.
Hailey Monroe led the Blazers batting 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Kate Deming also contributed two hits and an RBI. Three teammates posted doubles for Saint Benedict, which consisted of Emilie Antony, Sara Wennerstrand, and Monroe.
Husson showed two players with sacrifice hits, Chloe Gorey and Coleman to help push the Eagles closer to scoring. Throughout the game, Olivia Smith, Maynard, and Coleman were the only Eagles to have successful hits. B. Brochu had the worst of luck, getting left on base three times during the game.
The Eagles will finish out spring break in Florida with their final doubleheader of the week against Elizabethtown at 9:00am and Smith at 11:30am.