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Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:59 am
by Tom Nolette
Softball Takes Doubleheader With MMA

Bangor, ME - Husson took two home wins at Boucher Field, of all places, Thursday afternoon to move to 8-4 on the 2014 campaign. The wins don't count toward their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) record, but help the Eagles further their record over .500.

Game 1:

In game one Husson scored first, tallying three runs in the bottom of the third. Lyndsey Merrill doubled to left scoring both Allison Hill and Kayla Merrill followed buy a Chelsea Brennan single up the middle to score Lyndsey Merrill.

The Eagles picked up another in the bottom of the fourth as well, as Hill singled and advanced to second scoring Haley Spiers.

Maine Maritime pitcher Abby Yeo helped her cause in a big way in the top of the sixth. The Mariners loaded the bases and with two outs, Yeo blasted a grand slam over the left centerfield fence to knot the game at 4-4. Lauren McKenna was hit by a pitch in the next at bat and scored the go-ahead run on an Ashlee Knight double.

Both Husson and MMA were scoreless through the bottom of the sixth and the top of the seventh but Husson, down to their final out, walked off on the bat of Sami Shultz who ripped one down the left field line past the fielder. Jess Poulin scored easily and Casey Lopes hustled from second to score the game-winning run.

For Husson, Amanda Ryan picked up the win to move to 3-3 in 2014. Ryan went seven innings giving up all five earned runs on seven hits with three walks while fanning ten Mariners.

Yeo for MMA received the loss to fall to 1-2 after going six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits with three walks and five K's.

Game 2:

Game two was a completely different story than game one, as the Eagles eight-run ruled the Mariners en route to the sweep.

The Eagles plated five runs in the second inning and scored the remaining three runs their needed in the bottom of the fourth for the mercy-rule win. Sami Shultz, Haley Spiers and Lyndsey Merrill all had hits in the third while Jess Poulin, Casey Lopes, Shultz, Spiers and Mallory Conary all scored to go up 5-0.

In the fourth Lopes delivered a big double to left center scoring Chelsea Brennan and Lyndsey Merrill. Jess Poulin provided the final pop with a single to left plating Brennan to achieve the eight-run deficit.

Kayla Merill picked up the win in the circle in game two for Husson improving to 5-1 on the year, and Erica Taylor fell to 1-2 with the loss. Merrill went all five for the Eagles allowing just two hits while striking out eight.

Husson will host Castleton at home this Sunday for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:09 am
by Tom Nolette
Husson release:

Bangor, ME - The Husson University softball team kicked off its 2014 North Atlantic Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep of rival Castleton State College on Sunday afternoon.

The Castleton Spartans managed to score runs in the top of the first inning in both games, but the Husson offense would come back with plenty of firepower in each to runaway with the victories. The Eagles took game one 9-3 after scoring seven runs in their final two at-bats, and they won game two 11-3 in a run-rule shortened five innings.

Husson, the five-time defending NAC champion, improves to 10-4 overall with the victories, and they also move to 2-0 in the NAC this year. Castleton falls to 1-7 overall, and 0-2 in the NAC.

Game 1: Husson 9, Catleton 3

In game one, the Spartans jumped out early when Brittany Brayman drove home Tori Fearon with a first inning single.

Husson would take a lead in the second inning, coming up with a two-run frame that was started by a Jess Poulin (Albion, ME) leadoff double. Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) would bring Poulin home with a single up the middle, and Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) subsequently drove in Sami Schultz (Hermon, ME) who had reached via hit-by-pitch.

Castleton would answer right back, tallying two runs of their own in the top of the third inning. Fearon ripped a one-out double off the center field fence, and came home to score on another Brayman RBI single. Brayman would also come in to score after advancing to second on an error, and scoring on a Chelsea Grady single.

Castleton would hold the 3-2 advantage until Husson came up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles would bat around the order in the inning, scoring five runs on three hits, two walks, and a Spartan error. Kayla Merrill would provide the big hit in the rally, a two-run single that plated Poulin and Schultz.

Husson tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, and starting pitcher Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) struck out the side in the seventh to seal the complete-game victory. Ryan gave up 10 hits in her seven innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) while striking out eight and walking three.

Poulin went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead the Eagles in game one, while Kayla Merrill went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Eight of the nine Husson starters wound up with at least one hit in the win.

Fearon and Brayman each knocked three hits to lead the Spartans in game one. Fearon went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Brayman went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

Husson head coach Kristie Hawkins was impressed with her club's resiliency in game one, saying afterward, "I was proud that we came from behind, we were a little flat to start but we came out in the middle innings and really got things going and that was important for us to keep that up from there."

Game 2: Husson 11, Castleton 3

In game two, Castleton would again get on the board quickly with a run in the top of the first inning. In the same fashion as game one, Brayman knocked Fearon in with an RBI single to give the Spartans an early lead.

Husson would waste no time in answering, exploding for six runs on seven hits in the bottom half of the frame.

The 1-2-3 hitters Kayla Merrill, Allie Hill (Calais, ME), and Lyndsay Merrill (Bethel, ME) all came up with base hits to start things off, and Casey Lopes (New Bedford, MA) laced a one-out double to keep the pressure on.

Sami Schultz would then come up to the plate with two on and two out, and blast a three-run homer to left-center field that clanged off a light tower beyond the fence. Mallory Conary kept the onslaught going with an RBI single to chase home Spiers, who had reached on a double after Schultz's round-tripper, before Castleton was finally able to get out of the inning after going down 6-1.

Husson added two more in the second inning, as Lindsey Merrill launched a two-run homer of her own that drove in Hill to make it 8-1.

The Eagles tacked on some insurance in the fourth, scoring three runs on five hits. Another highlight came when Nicole Andrade (New Bedford, MA) came in to pinch-hit for Spiers and roped an RBI double that missed clearing the fence by mere inches and made it 11-1.

Alannah Healy (Brockton, MA) came in to pitch the top of the fifth for Husson, and while Fearon was able to connect for a two-run homer the Spartans could not close the gap enough to extend the game.

Kayla Merrill picked up her sixth pitching win of the year for the Eagles in game two, throwing four innings while giving up one run (unearned) on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

Schultz was 2-for-2 with the three-run homer and a single, scoring two runs and knocking in three. Lyndsay Merrill went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, while Hill and Kayla Merrill each contributed two hits.

Fearon led the Spartans again in game two, going 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Brayman and Kristi Lawless each picked up two hits.

Hawkins reflected on the sweep after game two, saying, "That offensive power display we put on in game two was pretty exciting, but it was nicer to put two conference wins under our belt and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we're OK and we're still as good as we think we can be."

Husson will have eight games coming up next week, starting with an out-of-conference doubleheader at the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday. They will then travel to Maine Maritime for a NAC twin-bill on Wednesday, before taking on Lyndon State and Johnson State for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Castleton has no breaks in their schedule either, with eight games across four doubleheaders on their docket for the coming week. They will travel to Maine Maritime on Monday, go to Plymouth State on Thursday, and host U-Maine Farmington and Thomas on Satuday and Sunday.

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:07 am
by Tom Nolette
April 9, 2014

Castine, ME - Husson won a pair of North Atlantic Conference softball games against Maine Maritime Wednesday. The Eagles won the first game 8-0 and took the nightcap 21-8. The Eagles improved to 4-0 NAC, 12-4 overall, while the Mariners fell to 0-4, 2-8.

Game 1: Husson 8, Maine Maritime 0

Lyndsay Merrill gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead with a solo shot to left center field. Husson made it 2-0 in the third when an error plated Mallory Conary before adding four on the board in the fifth inning.

Chelsea Brennan's single in the fifth brought in Merrill and Conary and Casey Lopes double scored both Brennan and Allie Hill. Merrill belted her second home run that scored Hayley Spiers to make it 8-0.

Hayley Rae paced the MMA offense with two hits.

Amanda Ryan improved to 5-3 with nine strike outs and scattered six hits in the complete game shutout and Abby Yeo fell to 1-4 for the Mariners.

Game 2: Husson 21, Maine Maritime 8

The teams combined for seven home runs in the second game in a contest that was fairly close for the first five frames.

Husson opened with a 2-0 lead on a double by Casey Lopes. The Mariners answered in the bottom of first when Erica Taylor launched a three-run that scored Rae and Andi Flanneryand gave Maine Maritime a 3-2 lead.

The Eagles tacked on four in the fourth on a single by Schultz, a double by Spiers, a fielder's choice and an error. The Mariners made it a one-run game, 6-5, in the fifth when Flannery stroked a RBI single and later scored on an error.

Husson added six more in the sixth on home runs from Merrill and Brennan, a triple by Conary, a double from Spiers and an error. Yeo belted her second round tripper of the season in the bottom of the sixth for MMA.

The Eagles started the seventh with consecutive home runs by Kayla and Lyndsay Merrill, singles from Jess Poulin and Kayla Merrill, a sacrifice hit by Conary, a wild pitch and a two-run jack by Hill.

Maine Maritime added two in the bottom of the frame when Taylor doubled and Yeo singled.

Kayla Merrill struck out 10 in seven innings to improve to 7-1, while Taylor pitched 5.1 innings and fell to 1-4.

Eagles' head coach Kristie Hawkins said, "Today our offense was strong, and it was nice to see it really break through the way it did. The Merrill sisters come out to play in a big way. We are hoping to carry this fire into the rest of the season, and if we do than great things will happen. It was nice to see everyone on board and in sync up to the plate tonight. Everyone contributed and that's all we can ask for."

Husson will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Thursday for a 3:30/5:30 doubleheader and will then host Lyndon State on Saturday and Johnson State on Sunday.

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:54 am
by Tom Nolette
Gorham, ME – Husson softball fell to the University of Southern Maine in two non-conference games on Thursday afternoon. Freshman Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) drove in the game-winning run on a two-out single to deep right center field to propel the Huskies to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Eagles in the second game of the doubleheader at the USM Softball Field. The Huskies defeated Husson 5-3 in the opener to earn the sweep.

Southern Maine improves its record to 9-12 with the wins. The pair of losses halted a seven-game winning streak for the Eagles and drops their record to 12-6. Southern Maine's victories over Husson also marks the first time since the 2010 season that the Huskies have defeated the Eagles and the first time that they have swept the Eagles since 1996. USM is now 21-14 in the all-time series between the two schools.

Game 1: Husson 3, USM 5

In the opener, Southern Maine scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit to earn the win. Senior Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) earned her seventh win of the season allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings. Stockwell struck out eight in the victory. Husson senior Amanda Ryan (Brewer, Maine) gave up three earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in six innings. Ryan fanned six batters.

Southern Maine struck first and led the Eagles 1-0 after the second inning. Junior Rachel Edson (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) drove in the Huskies first run with an RBI ground out.

Husson tied the game in the top of the fourth with an RBI single from junior Jess Poulin (Albion, Maine/Lawrence) and went ahead 3-1 with two runs in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Mallory Conary (Warren, Maine/Medomak Valley) led off the inning with a single for the Eagles, before Stockwell retired the next two batters on a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout. With two down, sophomore Lyndsay Merrill (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence to put her team ahead 3-1. The home run was Merrill's fourth of the season.

After a scoreless fifth, Southern Maine struck for its big inning in the bottom of the sixth. The Huskies combined for four runs on four hits, while taking advantage of a Husson fielding error. Back-to-back one-out singles from Duross and Stockwell gave the Huskies runners on first and third. Pillar drove in USM's first run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Duross for a 3-2 Eagle lead.

Stockwell moved herself into scoring position with her third stolen base of the season and then came around to score the game-tying run on an RBI single from Hendrickson-Belloguet. A Husson fielding error gave the Huskies runner on second and third with two outs. In the next at bat, Humphrey came on to pinch hit and stroked a two-run single to right field to put the Huskies ahead 5-3. In the top of the seventh, Stockwell worked her way around a lead off error to secure the victory.

Game 2: Husson 4, USM 5

Husson led the Huskies 4-3 after the first inning. The Eagles jumped on top of USM freshman starter Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) in the opening half of the first inning striking for four runs on three hits and two walks. Freshman Casey Lopes (New Bedford, Mass.) plated the Eagles' first run with an RBI single up the middle before sophomore Breanna Martin (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills Comprehensive) cleared the bases with a three-run double to center field.

Trailing 4-0, USM took back three runs in the home half of the inning. With one on and one down, freshman Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) cranked out a double to left field setting for runners at second and third. Junior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) drove in the first run with an RBI to left field. Freshman Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) singled in a run with an shot to right field to score Crosman, while Duross advanced all the way to home on a fielding error during the play. Clinging to a 4-3 lead with Pillar on third and just one out, Husson junior Kayla Merrill (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) got the Eagles final two outs of the inning on a pop up and a strikeout.

Following the eventful first inning both teams settled in with each pitcher keeping zeroes on the board through the next five innings. Benner faced bases loaded situations in the top of the second, third and fourth innings but was able to work her way out of each jam. After the fourth inning, Benner found her groove and retiring nine out of the next 10 batters while only giving up a single in the top of the sixth to Lopes. In the top of the seventh, Benner retired the Eagles in order setting up the late inning heroics.

Junior Lily Cooper (Lamoine, Maine/Ellsworth) led off the inning earning first base after being hit by a pitch and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Crosman drove in Cooper with an RBI single to center field to knot the score up at 4-4. Duross followed Crosman with a single of her own, while Pillar moved Duross and Crosman to second and third respectively with a infield ground out.

Merrill issued a walk to Husky freshman Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) to load the bases, before Hendrickson-Belloguet drove in the game-winner with her only hit of the game. Husson right fielder sophomore Sarah Babin (Brewer, Maine) made a great attempt at the ball ranging adeptly to deep right-center field, but was unable to hold onto the ball for the out.

Benner earned the win allowing four earned runs on six hits and five walks over seven innings. She struck out six. Merrill suffered just her second loss of the season to stand at 7-2. She gave up 11 hits and two walks for four earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched. She struck out six.

Kristie Hawkins, Husson's head coach, said of the games, "We put together a pretty solid effort today but came up short in the long run. We struggled up at the plate today and that is what really got us down, and it was hard to dig out from that. Good things came from today, though. We had two solid games and we learned what we need to change for the upcoming weeks. We set ourselves up for success this weekend."

Southern Maine hosts Rhode Island College on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference doubleheader. Husson hosts Lyndon State on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:35 am
by Tom Nolette
Husson softball players balancing athletics, academics, work schedules
By Larry Mahoney

BANGOR, Maine — When Mallory Conary isn’t running down fly balls in center field for the Husson University softball team, she’s chasing down change for a cashier who is low on quarters at Shaw’s Supermarket in Bangor, where she is a customer service representative/cashier. When Husson second baseman and soccer goalkeeper Jess Poulin isn’t scurrying to her left or right to corral a ball, she’s bustling around Texas Roadhouse as a waitress or manager...

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Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:36 am
by Tom Nolette
Orono, ME - Husson softball traveled to nearby University of Maine for a non-conference game on Thursday evening. Maine (15-13) used a four-run bottom of the fifth to distance itself from Husson (15-7) as the Black Bears picked up a 6-1 victory at Kessock Field.

Jean Stevens (Albany, OR) blasted a two-run home run in the fifth while EmJ Fogel (Vienna, VA) also drove in a pair to help lead the Maine offense. Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, CT) went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs scored while Jessica Burk (Warrenton, VA) and Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, ME) each added a pair of hits.

Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, WA) moved to 5-2 on the year in the circle as she picked up the win, going 6.0 innings while giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts. Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, ME) pitched the seventh for the Black Bears, allowing just one hit and no runs to stretch her shutout streak to 10.2 consecutive innings.

Maine got on the scoreboard first, scoring single runs in both the second and third innings. With runners on the corners and two outs, Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, IL) reached on a drag bunt which allowed Obert to score the game's first run.

Maine added a run in the bottom of the third when Fogel's sacrifice fly plated Lennon who led off the inning with a walk.

Husson closed the gap as it was able to score a run in the top of the fourth. Allie Hill (Calais, ME) began the inning with a double to the right center gap before scoring on Chelsea Brennan's (Woonsocket, RI) deep double to center.

Maine would add to its lead with a four-run bottom of the fifth. Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, CA) started the rally with a single up the middle before advancing to third on Lennon's double to left center. Koslosky would later score on Burk's groundout to short. Fogel followed with a single up the middle to plate Lennon before later scoring on Stevens' second home run of the year.

The Black Bears maintained their five run lead, allowing just one base runner in the final two innings to seal the 6-1 victory.

Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) pitched five innings for the Eagles and picked up the loss, standing at 7-5 this season. Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) pitched one inning.

Husson returns to O'Keefe Field for a four game home stand. The Eagles will host Bowdoin College on Friday (3 PM and 5 PM) and New England College on Saturday (1 PM and 3 PM).

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:01 am
by Tom Nolette
Bangor, ME - The Husson University softball team picked up two closely contested victories against out-of-conference foe Bowdoin College on Friday, scraping by with scores of 6-5 and 7-6.

The Eagles increase their overall record to 17-7 with the sweep, and they still have a perfect record in the North Atlantic Conference at 7-0. The Bowdoin Polar Bears fall to 16-10 with the pair of losses, and they hold a 5-3 record in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

While Husson's pitching was solid on the day, it was numerous clutch hits which proved to be the difference in the wins. The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in game one to take a late lead, and they scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh in game two to walk-off with victory. Husson's Christine Connors (Brookline, NH) put an exclamation point on the sweep, lacing a pinch-hit, two-out single that chased home Casey Lopes (New Bedford, MA) for the come-from-behind triumph in game two.

Game 1: Husson 6, Bowdoin 5

Neither team was able to gain a hold of the advantage early on in game one, and the score would be tied 2-2 going to the top of the sixth inning. The Polar Bears put up a three-spot in that frame, capitalizing on a Cielle Collins single and a Husson error.

Husson would come up in the bottom of the inning and answer right back with a four-run rally, highlighted by a Lopes game-tying RBI single and a Jess Poulin (Albion, ME) go-ahead RBI double.

Husson pitcher Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) would finish off the complete game victory, stranding two Bowdoin runners in the top of the seventh inning. Ryan worked hard to earn her eighth win of the year, giving up two earned runs on 11 hits. She struck out four batters, and walked just two.

Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME), Lyndsey Merrill (Bethel, ME) and Lopes all had two hits in the first game, while the Eagles combined to take seven bases on balls compared to just one strikeout as a team.

Emily Griffin, Katie Gately, Siena Mitman, and Cielle Collins all had two hits in the loss for the Polar Bears.

Game 2: Husson 7, Bowdoin 6

Both teams would come out with firepower in game two, resulting in a 4-3 Bowdoin lead after four innings.

Husson would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth, as Lyndsey Merrill drove in Alannah Healy (Brockton, MA) to make it 4-4. Healy had reached by knocking a one-out single in her first collegiate at-bat to start the Eagles' rally.

The Polars bears would re-take the advantage with runs in the sixth and seventh innings, which left the Eagles trailing by two going into their last-ups.

Sarah Babin (Brewer, ME) blooped a one-out single down the right field line to begin the comeback, and Lyndsey Merrill brought her home with a double in the subsequent at-bat to make it 6-5 Bowdoin.

Lopes would come up with two outs and the tying run on second base, and rip a line drive that made it into left field. Lyndsey Merrill was waved around third base, and she would score easily to tie the game at 6-6 with Lopes advancing to second on the throw home.

Husson head coach Kristie Hawkins would then call on Christine Connors, who had one hit in just two at-bats this season, to come in cold and pinch-hit with the game on the line.

Collins looked shaky on the first two pitches she saw, taking half-hearted checked-swings as she tried to bring herself up to game speed. She fouled a 1-1 pitch into the screen which brought her to her last strike, and it looked like the teams were destined for extra frames.

Collins then caught up to a 1-2 pitch that she lined into center field for a base-hit. Lopes would round third base with a full head of steam, and slide in just underneath the tag at home to seal the walk-off win.

"It was nice that we could utilize our bench, and they really came up big for us in both games," said Hawkins after the Eagles' celebration ended.

"Good things come from games like this, and we are hoping to carry this fire into the games tomorrow and into the next couple of weeks," she added.

Healy got the pitching win for the Eagles, as she went the last three innings in relief of Kayla Merrill. Healy gave up two earned runs on six hits, striking out one and walking a batter.

Lopes continued to swing a hot stick for Husson, going 3-for-4 in game two after a 2-for-3 showing in game one. She had three doubles combined in the doubleheader, and she knocked in three runs as well.

Adriane Krul, Marisa O'Toole, Nicole Nelson, Julia Geaumont, and Gately all had multiple hits in the second game to lead the Polar Bears.

Husson will look to keep momentum rolling with a twin-bill against NAC opponent New England College at the O'Keefe Field tomorrow (Saturday, April 19). First pitch of the two-game set between the Eagles and the Pilgrims will be at 1 p.m.

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:54 am
by Tom Nolette
Bangor, ME - The Husson University softball team came into Saturday's doubleheader with the New England College Pilgrims fresh off an exciting two-game sweep of tough opponent Bowdoin College on Friday.

The Eagles would ride the wave of momentum to the fullest, and pick up two more North Atlantic Conference victories in a pair of games which could not have played out any differently. Husson needed extra-innings to walk-off with a win in game one 11-10, but it took just five innings for the Eagles to trounce the Pilgrims in game two by a 13-0 score.

Husson sophomore Allie Hill (Calais, ME) would prove to be the hero in game one, knocking a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning that plated Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) with the winning run. Merrill would then dominate NEC from the pitching circle in game two, picking up her ninth win of the season.

Game 1: Husson 11, New England College 10 (8 innings)

NEC would jump out to a quick lead in game one when Rebecca Allen brought home Taylor Belsito with a base-hit in the top of the first inning.

Husson would waste no time in tying the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the first, and taking the lead with a Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) RBI single in the second frame.

The Eagles would then put up a three-spot in the third, highlighted by a Chelsea Brennan (Woonsocket, RI) line-drive home run to left field. The round-tripper, which cleared the fence in a hurry, was Brennan's third of the season.

Husson took a seemingly comfortable 6-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning, when the Pilgrims would explode for eight runs on six singles and two Eagle errors. NEC sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning which saw them storm back to take a 9-6 advantage.

Husson got one run back in the bottom of the fifth on a Jess Poulin (Albion, ME) solo homer, and put together a two-run rally in the sixth as Lyndsey Merrill (Bethel, ME) and Casey Lopes (New Bedford, MA) each notched RBI singles to tie it at 9-9.

Neither team would put up a tally in the seventh inning, so the game headed to extras where each team is automatically granted a runner on second base to start the inning.

Husson reliever Alannah Healy (Brockton, MA) was able to get the first two NEC batters out in the eighth before Stephanie Teixeira lined a single up the middle to bring home the placed runner Alex Swanson to make it 10-9 Pilgrims.

The Eagles would start the bottom of the inning with Mallory Connary (Warren, ME) on second base, and she would advance to third on a Kayla Merrill infield single to make it first and third with no outs. Allie Hill would then come up for Husson, and Merrill would attempt to steal second base on a 1-2 pitch. NEC's catcher Teixeira unsuccessfully threw through to try and cut her down, and Connary would alertly come in to score from third to tie the game at 10-10.

Hill would then run the count full at 3-2 before lining a shot to left field which chased home Kayla Merril for the walk-off win, the Eagles' second in as many days.

Healy picked up her second straight victory in the circle for the Eagles, coming in to pitch 3.1 innings of one-run ball. Hill went 4-for-4 in game one, while Spiers went 3-for-4 from the number eight spot in the order.

Christina Rubiano led the Pilgrim offense in game one with a 3-for-5 showing with an RBI and a run scored.

Game 2: Husson 13, NEC 0 (5 innings)

Game two was on the other end of the spectrum in terms of scoring margin, as the Eagles stayed hot on offense to run away with a run-rule shortened victory.

Hill continued to be a force at the plate, going 3-for-4 including her second home run of the year--a three-run blast that cleared the left field fence. Brennan went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Lyndsey Merrill, Lopes, and Poulin all added two hits.

Kayla Merrill improved to 9-2 in the pitching circle with the win, surrendering just three hits and one walk while striking out four.

Lopes continued her hot-streak at the plate, going a combined 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with a double, two RBI, two runs scored, and two walks. The first-year catcher is now nine for her last 13 at the plate, with four doubles and five RBI. She is also now hitting at an even .400 (34-for-85) for the season.

Husson's coach Kristie Hawkins was impressed with how her team came out after two grinding games yesterday, saying, "Those nail-biters are hard to come back from but it's so good to see that the team can come together and pull out wins. We came out to play, and we came out to play hard. The second game was a huge turn-around."

The Eagles now own the best start in program history with a 19-7 overall record. More importantly, they remain unbeaten in the NAC at 9-0. With just four regular-season NAC games to play, the five-time defending champion Eagles have the inside track to earn home field advantage come playoff time.

NEC falls to 7-13 overall with the losses, and 1-7 in the NAC.

Husson has three doubleheaders left on the regular season schedule, all coming in the middle of next week. The Eagles will travel to UMaine-Farmington for two games on Tuesday, followed by hosting twin-bills against out-of-conference foe Bates College on Wednesday and NAC opponent Thomas College on Thursday.

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:04 am
by Tom Nolette
Husson Athletics
April 22, 2014

Farmington, ME – Husson softball fell to NAC opponent the University of Maine at Farmington in a weekday doubleheader, 5-2 and 2-1.

The Eagles were dealt their first conference losses of the season by the Beavers who had lost the previous 10 battles with Husson.

Game 1: UMF 5 - Husson 2

UMaine-Farmington scored all the runs it would need for the win in game one in the first inning. Shelby Bryant and Emily Soule opened the frame with singles, with Bryant eventually scoring on a throwing error to first base on Katie Clark's sacrifice bunt in front of the plate. Kennadi Grover singled into right field to score Soule, and Lust drove a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Clark to cross. Both Soule and Clark came home as unearned runs.

The Beavers' lead grew to 4-0 in the second when Jillian Withee scored on Soule's sac fly to left field.

Husson broke the Beavers' shutout bid in the top of the sixth, scoring Lyndsey Merrill on a Farmington error on Casey Lopes' (New Bedford, MA) grounder to second base.

UMaine-Farmington got that run back in the bottom of the frame, when Withee laid down a bunt single that scored pinch runner Natasha DeRoche.

The Eagles plated their second run in the seventh, again courtesy a Beaver error – this time a fielding error at short, which allowed Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) to score from second base. That left runners at first and second with no outs, but Farmington starter Soule induced a sharp double play grounder to third, then got Chelsea Brennan (Woonsocket, RI) to pop up to first base to get out of the jam.

Soule scattered six hits and fanned six Husson batters on her way to the win, improving to 6-2 on the season with the complete game win. Husson's Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) also went the distance, allowing nine hits and just two earned runs with four strikeouts in the loss.

Game 2: UMF 2 - Husson 1
In game two, Amy Jones accounted for both UMaine-Farmington runs in the 2-1 victory.

Jones drove in the Beavers' first run in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single to score Devin Fitzgerald, after Fitzgerald drew a walk to lead off the frame.
Husson quickly knotted the game at 1-1 in the fourth. Jess Poulin (Albion, ME) stroked a one-out single into left center, advanced on a single by Sami Schultz (Hermon, ME), and scored on Spiers' single into straightaway center field.

Jones provided the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth, belting a one-out solo home run, her second round-tripper of the season, to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.

Husson threatened in the top of the seventh, starting with a walk issued to Schultz to start off the inning, but the Beavers got out of the jam with a little controversy.

After Husson sent in Sarah Babin (Brewer, ME) as a pinch runner for Schultz and the Beavers pulled starter Courtney Fowler in favor of Soule in a relief role, Spiers laid down a bunt directly in front of the plate. The ensuing throw from Farmington catcher Meryl Bond hit Spiers in the back, and the home plate umpire ruled her out on interference for leaving the base path. Babin, who had advanced to third, was sent back to first, but was thrown out trying to steal second during the at bat of pinch hitter Lyndsey Merrill. Merrill then hit a hard grounder back to Soule, who completed the throw to first to give the Beavers the win

Fowler picked up the win for her six innings of work, recording two strikeouts while giving up eight hits. Soule earned her first save of the season for her two batters faced.

Husson (19-9, 9-2) is scheduled to host Bates College in a home doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 4:00 p.m, weather permitting.

Re: Husson Softball:

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:16 am
by Tom Nolette
Powerful Offense Leads Husson Softball to Sweep of Bates College

Bangor, ME - The Husson University Softball team took both games of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader against out-of-conference opponent Bates College. The sweep gives Husson a 21-9 record on the year, including 9-2 in North Atlantic Conference play. With the victories, this marks the seventh consecutive year the Husson softball program has posted twenty or more wins in a season.

Game One - Husson 11, Bates 6

Game one was filled with action with each team trading blows back-and-forth. After two and a half scoreless innings, the Eagles struck first when Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) homered to left field to drive home Nicole Andrade (New Bedford, MA) and make it 2-0 Husson. The blast was Merrill's fifth of the season.

Bates (8-17, 2-7 NESCAC) would answer right back, scoring two runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game.

Husson would re-take the advantage in the bottom of the fourth when Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) doubled to bring home Jess Poulin (Albion, ME) from second base to make it 3-2 Husson.

The Eagles would tally three more in fifth, highlight by another two-run round-tripper from Kayla Merrill to gain a seemingly comfortable four-run lead, but the Bobcats wouldn't give in.

Bates made a push in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits and two Husson errors to tie the game at 6-6 going into the bottom of the sixth.

The stalemate didn't hold for very long as Sami Schultz (Hermon, ME) hit a solo home run to leadoff the bottom of the sixth. Allie Hill (Calais, ME) would later add a two-run double, and the Eagles wound up posting five runs in the frame to take an 11-6 lead into the seventh that they would not relinquish.

Husson starter Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) ended up with a no-decision, pitching the first four innings while giving up two earned runs. Alannah Healy (Brockton, MA) went the rest of the way giving up four runs, but ultimately coming out with the win improving to 3-0 on the season. Bobcats starter Kelsey Freedman pitched all six innings giving up 11 earned runs, falling to 5-10 on the season.

Game Two - Husson 5, Bates 3

Bates started off quickly in game two, loading the bases for Maddie Inlow who brought home the game's first run with a sacrifice fly.

The Eagles would answer right back, as Lyndsay Merrill (Bethel, ME) blasted a two-run homer of her own in the bottom of the first to give the Eagles the lead.

Husson would extend the advantage in the bottom of the third, as Kayla Merril scored a run off an infield single from Breanna Martin (Oxford, ME) which put the eagles up 3-1.

The game would quiet down as Kayla Merrill was in control pitching four straight scoreless innings, until the top of the sixth when Bobcats catcher Melissa Paione tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run blast that clanged off the scoreboard in left field.

The Eagles responded quickly in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on four singles. Kayla Merrill notched her sixth RBI of the day to help give herself the lead going into the top of the last inning.

After giving up a single to start the seventh, Merrill recorded three consecutive outs to improve to 10-3 on the season. Breanna Callahan pitched six innings for the Bobcats, giving up five earned runs and falling to 3-7 on the season.

"We came out for two great games today," reflected Husson coach Kristie Hawkins after the sweep.

"People stepped into big roles and just further showed us how deep our bench can be," she added. "It was good to see we can bounce back and pull out two solid wins, this is just what we needed to send us into conference play tomorrow."

Husson softball now faces two important games tomorrow against NAC foe Thomas College. If the Eagles win both contests, they will clinch the #1 seed and home-field advantage for the upcoming NAC playoff tournament. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at O'Keefe Field.