LEESBURG, Fla. – The Eagles concluded their annual spring break trip to Florida with a clean sweep on the day, taking down Elizabethtown 2-0 and Smith College 6-1. Husson softball recorded their first winning spring break trip down in Florida in 21 years (9-5), accumulating the most wins since 1995.
Game 1: Husson 2, Elizabethtown 0
Alannah Healy led the Eagles (8-5) to a 2-0 shutout victory, holding the Blue Jays (3-8) to a mere two hits in the first five innings. Elizabethtown attempted a comeback in the sixth inning, but was shut down leaving three players stranded on base. By the end of the game, Healy had three strikeouts, only allowed five hits and didn't give up a single walk to the Blue Jays. Throughout the entire game, Healy only faced 27 batters while throwing an impressive 57 strikes out of 85 pitches.
On the other side, Elizabethtown kept Amber Sergas in the circle all seven innings, as she threw five strikeouts, and only allowed two walks and seven hits.
The Brochu duo made quite the pair offensively against the Blue Jays. Husson scored the first run in the top of the first, after Briana Brochu singled to center. Husson teammate, Arika Brochu, stepped up to the plate and smacked a hard double out to left, send B. Brochu home from second base. In the third inning, A. Brochu once again claimed the RBI, unfortunately grounding out to shortstop, but still helped B. Brochu reach home.
Elizabethtown saw five players capturing one hit apiece while nearly every player on their team had three at bats.
Game 2: Husson 6, Smith 1
Both teams remained scoreless until the top of the fifth when Husson struck again. B. Brochu sent a hard double into center field which gave Caitlin Bean enough time to dash home, putting Husson up 3-0. Bean had entered the game as a pinch runner for Morgan Coleman who'd singled herself onto first and continued on to second after a wild pitch.
The game really picked up in the sixth inning as both teams saw runs score. Coleman for the Eagles, helped add on two more runs with a solid double to center which sent Sarah Bragg and Jen Jones home. Going into the bottom of the sixth, the Pioneers (0-2) attempted to make a comeback as the first batter, Rowan Turner, stepped up to the plate smashing the ball out of the park for a homerun. Unfortunately for Smith, the Husson defense was just too strong to overcome as the inning came to a close.
From the Pioneer's bench, three players contributed two hits each, Brittney Blokker, Ally Snyder, and Rowan Turner. Turner not only contributed offensively for Smith with the only run and RBI, but defensively she pitched the first six innings until Jessica Flohr subbed her out for the final inning. Turner struck out four players while giving up one two walks.
In the circle for Husson, Courtney McIntyre split the game with Jones taking over the last four innings. Overall, McIntyre only allowed four hits and zero walks while Jones gave up six hits and two walks, but also tossed out two K's.
Coleman had an impressive game in the batter's box, hitting 3-for-3 with two RBI's. A. Brochu followed in suit, batting 2-for-3 while also contributed two RBI's plus a run of her own from her homer.
The Eagles will have the remainder of the month of March off to rest up for the regular season to begin, starting on April 1st at home with a doubleheader against Colby at 1pm and 3pm.