BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University softball team (18-8) swept their home doubleheader with Thomas (Maine) (3-15) on Friday afternoon. The Eagles won the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 4-3 in 8 innings and the second with a 9-0 win in 5 innings. Thomas was the home team due to weather cancellations.
Game 1: Husson 4, Thomas (Maine) 3 (8 innings)
The Eagles scored one run in the top of the 1st inning with an Olivia Smith RBI single. Briana Brochu started the inning with a single. Chloe Gorey laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Brochu to second base. Smith did the rest and drove home Brochu with a single up the middle.
With one out in the top of the 2nd, Jen Jones singled for Husson. Nicole Andrade executed a perfect sacrifice bunt. Andrade advanced to second on the play. Casey Lopes followed the sacrifice with a double in the gap. The Eagles scored on the double and led 2-0 after the 2nd inning.
Thomas loaded the bases in the bottom of the 3rd inning starting with a double from Madison Bent. Katie Taylor reached on a fielder's choice. Kylie Kennedy fielded a ground ball from Taylor and tried to throw behind Bent. Bent and Taylor were both safe on the play. Courtney Veilleux followed the miscue with a hard hit single to left field. Korrie Laren stepped into the box with one out and the bases loaded. She grounded to Kennedy at third base who stepped on the bag. Kennedy tried to turn the double play by throwing the ball to first, but Laren beat the throw. Thomas scored on the fielder's choice and trailed 2-1 after the 3rd.
Sydney LeBourveau started off the bottom of the 6th inning by reaching first base on an error by the Husson second baseman. She would reach second base on a sacrifice bunt from Lexi Colpack. Sarahjane Call sent a single back-up the middle that scored LeBourveau from second. The score was tied 2-2 after 6 innings.
Husson broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the 8th inning. With Casey Lopes being placed on second base, Olivia Maynard was showing bunt when LeBourveau threw a wild pitch. Lopes advanced to third with no outs. Brochu stepped into the box with one when she slapped a single to right. Lopes scored easily. Morgan Coleman pinch hit for the Eagles. She lined a ball off the Terriers' pitcher. Brochu and Coleman were both safe on the play. Tamara Aunchman found some grass in the outfield and scored Brochu from second. Husson led 4-2 after the top of the 8th.
Thomas mounted a comeback in their half of 8th with the help of a few Husson errors. Courtney Veilleux was placed on second to start the inning. LeBourveau reached first in thanks to an error committed by Husson's first baseman. Veilleux reached third on the error. A fielding error by Andrade allowed Veilleux to score, but it was not enough. The Eagles clung to a 4-3 lead to win Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Alannah Healy started the game and went 6.0 innings. She allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out seven. Arika Brochu (3-3) picked up the win for the Eagles by going 2.0 innings, allowing one unearned run, and striking out six. Briana Brochu and Olivia Smith paced the offense with three hits apiece. Tamara Aunchman, Casey Lopes, Smith and Brochu all, respectively, had one RBI in the win.
Sydney LeBourveau (3-5) was tabbed with the loss. She went 8.0 innings, gave up four runs (three earned), and struck out four. Sarahjane Call, Korrie Laren, and Lexi Copack had the three RBI for the Terriers in the Game 1 loss.
Game 2: Husson 10, Thomas 0 (5 innings)
Briana Brochu once again started off the game with a single. She advanced to second on an error by the centerfielder then stole third base. Olivia Smith continued her hot day with an RBI single through the left side. Olivia Maynard and Jen Jones loaded the bases with a walk and a single. Kylie Kennedy singled to deep left center. Smith and Maynard scored giving their squad a 3-0 through the top of the 1st.
The top of the 2nd inning started with Briana Brochu doubling to left field. Chloe Gorey hit a slow roller to shortstop that she beat out. Brochu advanced to third on the hit. Coach Hall called for a double steal that was executed to perfection. Gorey stole second base while B. Brochu easily scored. Smith's torrid streak continued as she singled to right field driving home Gorey. Tamara Aunchman smacked a ball to the left side of the infield. The Thomas third baseman skied the ball over her second baseman's head. Smith scored on the error. Jen Jones joined the hit parade, helped herself, and lined a single of her own. Aunchman crossed home on the base hit. The Eagles led 7-0 after the top of the 2nd inning.
Sarah Bragg, in her first action of the doubleheader, singled to right field. Courtney McIntyre followed up with a double to the right-center field gap. Jones pulled a hot shot that short hopped the second baseman. Bragg scored on the error. Kennedy found a little space up the middle between the two middle infielders. McIntyre came around to cross home plate and give the Eagles a 9-0 lead after the top of the 4th inning.
Jen Jones (3-4) picked up the win by going 5.0 innings. She allowed no runs and struck out 11, including her 50th career strikeout. Jones is also the first pitcher in program history to record back-to-back 10 strikeout games. Kylie Kennedy and Olivia Smith led the way offensively with five combined RBI. Jen Jones and Morgan Coleman each chipped in one RBI in the win.
Haley Littlefield (0-5) picked up the loss by going 5.0 innings, giving up 10 runs (eight earned), and striking out five. Courtney Veilleux, Lexi Copack, and Kayla Bess all had one hit in the loss.
The Eagles return to action Thursday versus Southern Maine for a doubleheader at O'Keefe Field starting at 3 pm.