Husson Splits Series with Huskies

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BANGOR, Maine—Husson (18-9, 4-0 NAC) and the University of Southern Maine (11-11, 3-3 LEC) split their doubleheader series Thursday afternoon with the Huskies taking the first game 7-3 and the Eagles winning the second game 1-0.

Game 1:

The Huskies opened up the scoring in the top of the second inning.  Allison Pilar sent a line drive bouncing to the fence deep in right-center to score Brooke Cross.  The Huskies weren't done there, however, and Samantha Crosman reached first on an error that allowed Pilar to run home from third and give USM a 2-0 lead.

Errors in the field proved to be the downfall for Husson.  An opportunity for a double play turned into runners on first and third with no outs in the top of the fourth inning, and the Huskies took advantage.  An infield single from Courtney Davis scored Cross, her second run of the day.  Amber Kelly loaded the bases with a single, and Taylor Lux blooped a shallow single to bring in Crosman and Kelly.

The Eagles weren't going down without a fight, however, and fired back in the bottom of the fourth.  Olivia Smith roped a single to left field that advanced Sarah Bragg to third before Tamara Aunchman launched a three-run shot over the left field wall to put Husson on the board and close the gap.

Southern Maine got one run back in the top of the sixth inning on a hit from Lux.  Lux snuck a grounder just fair down the left field line to score Kelly and extend their lead over Husson to three runs.

Cross continued to add to the lead for the Huskies, ripping a solo homerun deep to center field that bounced on top of the fence and over for an insurance run in the top of the seventh.  Pitcher Madison Greene was able to put any chance of a Husson comeback to rest in the bottom of the seventh and the Huskies took the win 7-3.

Alannah Healy gets the loss for Husson, striking out two and giving up three hits and five unearned runs in three innings of work.  Arika Brochu pitched in relief for the Eagles, striking out one batter and giving up seven hits and two earned runs in four innings.  For the Beavers, Madison Greene earned the complete-game win while holding Husson to just four hits and three runs.

Game 2:

Brianna Bires started the scoring off for the Eagles by driving in Casey Heath on an RBI-single through the infield.  A sacrifice bunt from Chloe Gorey moved both Heath and Bri Brochu into scoring position, but the Huskies escaped the inning without surrendering another run.

The Huskies looked to be making a move in the top of the sixth inning.  Taylor Lux singled and then advanced to third on a dropped pop fly with just one out, but Husson ramped up their defense and Casey Lopes picked Lux off at third to squash Southern Maine's momentum

That was as close to scoring as Southern Maine would get, and the Eagles snuck out with a 1-0 win in a defensive battle.

Jones threw a gem for the Eagles, striking out six while only allowing five hits in the complete-game shutout win.  Amber Kelly gets the loss for the Huskies, surrendering one earned run on four hits while striking two batters.

Husson returns to the field Sat. Apr. 22 to host Johnson State in a conference doubleheader.