BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University softball team (16-8) swept their home doubleheader with Maine-Farmington (2-14) on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles won the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 1-0 and the second with a 8-0 win. It was this year's first games on O'Keefe Field.
Game 1: Husson 1, Maine-Farmington 0
Alannah Healy (6-1) for the Eagles and Anastasia Albright (0-5) for the Beavers each pitched 7.0 scoreless innings, forcing the game into extra innings. Albright had a no-hitter into the 7th inning until Olivia Smith slapped a hit through the right side. It was the only hit she allowed all game. Healy pitched a scoreless 8th inning setting the stage for Nicole Andrade.
NCAA softball has a rule in extra innings where each team gets to place a base runner on second base when their team is up to bat. Husson wasted little time advancing that runner to third and, eventually, home. Sarah Bragg was the base runner for the Eagles. Kylie Kennedy laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt advancing Bragg to third base. Nicole Andrade was the next batter for the home team. She lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field. Sarah Bragg easily scored on the sacrifice giving Husson the 1-0 win.
Healy threw 8.0 scoreless innings, allowed only two hits, and struck out 13. Andrade had the lone RBI, while Olivia Smith had the only Eagle hit.
Albright threw 7.1 innings while allowing one hit, one earned run, and striking out six. Alyssa Dylan and Kailyn Hill had the two Beaver hits in the loss.
Game 2: Husson 8, Maine-Farmington 0
Husson broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the 5th inning with two runs. Casey Heath lined a single to left field with one out to start the rally. Briana Brochu followed with a well hit ball to left field that was dropped by the Maine-Farmington fielder. Chloe Gorey loaded the bases by singling up the middle. With two outs, Tamara Aunchman ripped a single between the shortstop and third baseman giving Husson a 1-0 lead. Jen Jones, a pinch hitter, was hit by the only pitch she saw. Gorey was forced across home plate due to the hit by pitch. The Eagles led 2-0 after the 5th inning.
Nicole Andrade led of the bottom of the 6th inning with a double to the right-center gap. Olivia Maynard followed with an infield single. Casey Heath doubled down the left field line scoring Andrade. Briana Brochu continued her hot day at the plate with a single to left field. Caitlin Bean, who pinch ran for Maynard, scored on the single. Gorey once again put down a perfect bunt. The Farmington catcher threw the ball away allowing Heath to score. Olivia Smith placed a single over the second baseman's heading driving home Briana Brochu. Smith scored on a wild pitch, while Andrade singled through the left side giving her squad the 8-0 win. Husson led 8-0 after the 6th inning, which put the eight run rule into effect.
Arika Brochu (2-3) went 6.0 scoreless innings. She gave up only two hits while striking out five. Casey Heath and Chloe Gorey lead the Eagles' offense with three hits apiece. Briana Brochu, Tamara Aunchman, Nicole Andrade, and Jen Jones all chipped in a RBI of their own during the win.
Kailyn Hill (1-3) threw 5.2 innings while allowing eight runs (six earned) and striking out one. Kailyn Hill and Alison Hamilton had the Farmington hits in the loss.
The Eagles return to O'Keefe Field Friday, April 14th, at 3:00 p.m. against Thomas for a NAC doubleheader.