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Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:07 pm

Crosman, Duross and Humphrey Named 2015 USM Softball Captains

GORHAM, Maine – Senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and sophomores Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) and Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) have been named captains of the 2015 University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team. Head coach Sarah Jamo, in her third season with the Huskies, made the announcement as the team prepares for its season-opening game in Florida.

“Kristen is a three-year captain and has exhibited strong leadership ability throughout her career. She has developed into one of the top outfielders in the Little East Conference and is a teammate that other players respect,” said Jamo.

The Huskies’ starting left fielder, Duross earned second team honors as a member of the outfield. Consistent at the plate, Duross hit a solid 348 with 39 hits in 112 at bats with 10 doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs. The Huskies’ second-best hitter behind Crosman, Duross led the Huskies in slugging percentage at 545, triples, home runs and runs batted in (22). In the field, Duross had 67 putouts and four assists.

“Danni brings a wealth of softball knowledge to the team,” commented Jamo on her sophomore infielder. “She leads by example and has demonstrated both the drive and ambition the team needs to succeed throughout a very competitive schedule. She is a smart player who can take charge in the infield.”

Humphrey played in all but one of the Huskies’ 35 games last season, playing both first and third base with a solid .969 fielding percentage, collecting 141 putouts and 14 assists. At the plate, Humphrey hit .237 as a rookie with 22 hits in 93 at bats, knocking in 17 runs.

“Samantha had an outstanding freshman season,” said Jamo. “She plays with confidence and exhibits strong leadership on and off of the field; her play on the field earned her respect from conference coaches as well as opposing pitchers. She has quickly become a leader and earned the respect of her peers.”

After a standout rookie season, Crosman earned second team all-Little East Conference honors. Fulfilling the role of center fielder and designated player, Crosman led the Huskies’ offensively hitting .372 with 42 hits in 113 at bats, which included a season-best 14-game hitting streak and streaks of seven and three games. Crosman led the team with 13 doubles to post a .504 slugging percentage, while her 20 runs batted in were second on the team. Crosman, who earned second team honors as a designated hitter, also played center field for the Huskies. She was named the LEC Rookie of the Week once during the season.

Southern Maine opens its 2015 season in Florida and will face New England College on Wednesday, March 11 (3:00 p.m.) in its first contest of a 40-game slate. The Huskies will play 12 games during their annual Spring Break trip. Southern Maine is scheduled to host its first home game of the season on Thursday, March 26 (3:00 p.m.) against local opponent University of New England in a doubleheader. USM opens its 2015 Little East Conference schedule on the road on Saturday, March 28 (1:00 p.m.) against Eastern Connecticut State University. The Huskies’ first home LEC contest is on Saturday, April 11 (1:00 p.m.) against UMass Dartmouth.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:50 am

Southern Maine Opens 2015 1-1, Defeats Coast Guard 9-0 (6 inn) and Falls to New England College 2-0

CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) belted out her first collegiate home run and drove in three runs and classmate Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) fired a three-hit shutout as the University of Southern Maine Huskies softball team knocked off the United States Coast Guard Academy Bears 9-0 in six inning to earn a split in their first day of competition at the RussMatt Invitational Tournament in Clermont, Fla. The Huskies dropped their opener to the New England College Pilgrims 2-0.

Playing in their first games of the 2015 season, the Huskies are 1-1. New England College improved to 5-2 with its win over USM, while the Bears are 3-2.

USM took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Davis drew a two-out walk and then advanced to third on back-to-back singles from senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and Kelly. Davis plated the Huskies first run, scoring on a passed ball.

After a scoreless second, Davis increased her team’s lead to 3-0 with her first collegiate home run, driving in junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy) who led off the inning with a single. The game remained 3-0 in favor of the Huskies before USM exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth inning. Southern Maine connected on five of its 16 hits in the top half of the fifth, including doubles from Kelly and freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy).

Kelly maintained her shut out over the next two innings retiring six of the next seven batters, including a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the sixth for the win.

In the opening game, the Pilgrims used RBIs from juniors Rebecca Allen (East Pachogue, N.Y./Bellport) and Maranda Johnson (Huntsville, Utah/Weber) to take the 2-0 win. Huskies’ freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) took the loss in the circle despite pitching a solid game in her collegiate debut. Millett held the Pilgrims to just three hits while striking out seven, but was hampered by a pair of costly errors in the field.

Southern Maine returns to action on Thursday and will face Wesleyan (Conn.) and Franciscan at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.



New England College (5-2) 100 001 0 2-3-2

Southern Maine (0-1) 000 000 0 0-5-3

Battery: SM, Erika Millett and Courtney Davis NEC, Debra Mazzeo and Gina Drappi

WP: D. Mazzeo LP: Erika Millett (0-1)

2B: SM, Davis, Lux 3B: None HR: None

RBI: NEC, Rebecca Allen, Maranda Johnson

Repeat Hitters: SM, Taylor Lux, Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, Davis



Southern Maine 102 060 9-16-1

Coast Guard 000 000 0-3-1

Battery: SM, Amber Kelly and Davis CG, Emily Dow and Casey Cruzpino

WP: Kelly (1-0) LP: Dow

2B: CG, Kingston SM, Kelly, Lux 3B: None HR: SM, Davis

RBI: SM, Davis 3, Duross, Kelly, Hendrickson-Belloguet, Lux and Humphrey

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:16 am

Southern Maine Sweeps Wesleyan and Franciscan 2-1 and 13-0 (5 inn)

CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman hurler Erika Millet (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) and sophomore Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) each turned in strong pitching peformances to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a pair of wins in their second day of competition in Clermont, Fla.

In an outstanding performance, Millet fired three-hitter to earn her first collegiate victory leading the Huskies to a 2-1 win over the Wesleyan University (Conn.) Cardinals in the first game of the day. Benner, making her first start of the season, earned her first win of the year holding the Franciscan College Barons to just two hits and no runs in a 13-0 five-inning game.

With the two wins, Southern Maine improves its record to 3-1. Wesleyan fell to 1-2 with the loss to the Huskies, while Franciscan remained winless at 0-5.

In the opener, USM took a 1-0 lead after a scoreless first inning. Junior Jen Lynch (Portland, Maine/Deering) drove in her first run of the season with a double, scoring sophomore Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet who had reached on an error.

The Cardinals evened the score up in the bottom of the third. Back to back singles from Isabel Linzer and Mollie Grunat set the table for the Cardinals, who scored their game-tying run on an RBI ground out from Amanda Roosa.

Both teams turned in a scoreless fourth inning and the Huskies scored the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth. Singles from Lynch and junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) sandwiched a pop out, making it first and third with one down for USM. Cardinal hurler Julie McDonald got the second out of the inning on a fly out to freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.), before USM senior Kristen Duross came through in the clutch with a two-out RBI single to score Lynch, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

Millet worked her way around a lead off walk in the bottom of the inning to preserve her team’s lead, while McDonald kept her team within a run despite giving up a lead off single and a double in the top of the sixth.

With the Huskies’ unable to add an insurance run, Millet continued her strong effort in the circle retiring the Cardinals in order in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings for the win.

In the second game, USM pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of four Franciscan errors to earn the 13-0 five-inning win. Benner allowed just two hits and gave up three walks over five innings of work while striking out three to earn the victory. Davis led the Huskies offensively with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate, including three RBI and her second home run of the season. Duross and Ally Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each had two RBI for USM.

Southern Maine returns to action on Friday in a pair of games. The Huskies will face Gordon College at 9:00 a.m. and then take on Becker College at 11:00 a.m.



Southern Maine (2-1) 010 010 0 2-7-1

Wesleyan (1-2) 001 000 0 1-3-2

Battery: SM, Erika Millet and Courtney Davis W, Julie McDonald and Mollie Grunat

WP: SM, Millet (1-1) LP: W, McDonald

2B: SM, Mary Caron, Amanda Hendrickson, Jen Lynch

RBI: SM, Kristen Duross, Lynch W, Amanda Roosa

Repeat Hitters: SM, Caron, Lynch





Franciscan (0-5) 000 00 0-2-4

Southern Maine (3-1) (10)20 1x 13-12-1

Battery: SM, Desiree Benner and Sam DiBiase, Becca Howell (4) F, Jordan Cunningham and Hailey Wesselman

WP: SM, Benner (1-0) LP: F, Cunningham

2B: SM, Chantal Bisson, Caron, Duross, Amber Kelly, Hendrickson

HR: SM, Davis

RBI: SM, Davis 3, Duross 2, Ally Pillar 2, Kelly, Lynch

Repeat Hitters: SM, Davis



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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:32 am

Huskies Split: Defeat Gordon 8-0 (5 Inn) and Fall to Becker 2-1

CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) picked up her second consecutive win, firing a one-hit shut out to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 8-0 win over the Gordon College Fighting Scots as the Huskies split a pair of games in Clermont, Fla. Southern Maine dropped its second game of the day in a 2-1 battle against the Becker College Hawks.

With the split Southern Maine stands at 4-2 on the season and is off to its best start since the 2004 season when the Huskies were 5-1 through six games in Florida. Becker improved to 4-5 with its win over the Huskies, while Gordon dropped to 1-5 with the loss.

After allowing a lead off single to start the game, Millett spun a gem holding Gordon to just one hit and did not yield a walk in five innings as her team generated eight runs on eight hits to earn the five-inning victory.

Sophomores Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) and Emily York each had two RBI to lead USM offensively. Senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) each added an RBI.

The Huskies jumped on top of Gordon in the bottom of the first inning plating four runs on three hits and a passed ball. Duross drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single, before junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s), who reached base safely with a single, crossed home plate on a passed ball. Ahead 2-0, Hendrickson-Belloguet cranked out her team-leading fifth double of the season to drive in a pair of runs for a 4-0 lead.

With a comfortable 4-0 lead in place, Millett was dominant retiring the Fighting Scots in order in the top of the third, fourth and fifth inning. Crosman made it 5-0 for USM in the bottom of the third with an RBI single, before the Huskies erupted for three runs in the bottom of the fifth, aided by a two-run single from York, for the 8-0 final.

In the second game, Becker College collected two runs in the bottom of the first and held off the Huskies over the next six innings to take the 2-1 win. Freshman Bailey Brait (Marshfield, Mass./Woodward School) drove in both of the Hawks’ runs with a single to right field. The Hawks earned their base runners with a lead off single and a costly Huskies’ fielding error.

USM took one run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI single from junior Jen Lynch (Portland, Maine/Deering), but was unable to plate the tying run in its final two at bats. The Huskies’ threatened for runs in the bottom of the seventh after a lead off single from Kelly and a Hawks’ fielding error gave USM runners on first and third with two outs, but Hawks’ freshman Samantha Lee (Prospect, Conn./Woodland) was able to get the final out to preserve the win.

Lee earned the win holding USM to five hits. Lee did not allow a walk and struck out three. Kelly took the loss allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.

After a day off, Southern Maine resumes action on Sunday and will face MCLA and SUNY-Geneseo at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. respectively.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:28 am

Millett and Davis Earn Weekly Honors From the Little East

GORHAM, Maine – Freshmen Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) and Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team have each earned recognition from the Little East Conference as part of its weekly honors program. Millett was named the LEC’s Pitcher of the Week, while Davis was tabbed with the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Playing in its annual spring break slate of games in Clermont, Fla., Millett and Davis have played a key role in the Huskies’ 5-3 start – the program’s best start since the 2005 season when the Huskies were an identical 5-3 through eight games.

Appearing in six games with four starting assignments, Millett has posted a 2-2 record for the Huskies allowing six earned runs during 33.2 innings pitched. In games she has started, Millett has allowed just three earned runs. Millett has a 1.25 earned run average and is limiting opponents to a 202 batting average.

The 5-9 right-handed rookie has 17 strikeouts this season and is averaging 3.53 strikeouts per game while yielding just five walks. Millett earned her first collegiate win in a 2-1 triumph over Wesleyan (Conn.). Millet fired seven solid innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run. Millett picked up her second win of the season and first career shut out with a five-inning 8-0 victory against Gordon. Millett struck out four in the win and allowed just one hit. Millett also tossed 5.2 innings of relief for the Huskies in their marathon 13-inning win over SUNY-Geneseo, 15-12.

The Huskies’ starting catcher, Davis is hitting a solid .393 through eight games and leads Southern Maine in runs batted in with nine thus far. Collecting 11 hits in 28 at bats, Davis has one double and a pair of home runs early in her rookie campaign for a .643 slugging percentage. Davis has four multiple hit games this season, including a 3-for-3 effort in USM’s 9-0 win over Coast Guard that including three Davis RBIs. In USM’s 15-12 win over SUNY-Geneseo, Davis also drove in three runs.

Behind the plate, Davis has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 24 putouts and four assists. She has caught two runners stealing.

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:09 am

USM Huskies’ Softball Schedule Updates

GORHAM, Maine -- Due to unplayable field conditions, the University of Southern Maine Athletic Department announced schedule updates to its 2015 softball schedule.

The Huskies’ Little East Conference doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut State University, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 1. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be played at Salem State.

The non-conferend doubleheader at Husson University originally schedule for Wednesday, April 1 has been moved to Sunday, April 12 at 1 p.m.

The non-conference doubleheader with St. Joseph’s College (Maine) originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for April 16 (3:30 p.m.).

For up to date schedules for all University of Southern Maine teams, check www.southernmainehuskies.com.
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:40 am

Southern Maine Defeats Salem State 2-1 and 8-0

SALEM, Mass. – Freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) was 4-for-6 at the plate with two runs scored and fired a five-hit shutout in the second game of a doubleheader as the University of Southern Maine Huskies earned a pair of wins over the Salem State University Vikings in non-conference softball action Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field. Southern Maine rallied for a 2-1 win over the Vikings in the opener and then cruised to a six-inning 8-0 win in the second game to complete the sweep.

With the two wins, Southern Maine halts a four-game losing streak and improves its overall record to 9-7. With its pair of losses, Salem State sees its four-game win streak come to an end, dropping its overall record to 10-4.

Kelly picked up her fourth win of the season scattering five hits over six innings without allowing a walk to lead USM to the 8-0 win in the second game. Kelly helped her own cause at the plate going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as part of an 11-hit Husky attack.

After a scoreless three and a half innings, the Huskies’ bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) led off with a triple and senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) broke up the shut out with an RBI single to score Davis. A double from Kelly moved Duross to third and sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Noble) got enough on a ground out to plate Duross for a 2-0 USM lead. Sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) drove in USM’s third run of the inning with an RBI single, before senior Lily Cooper (Lamoine, Maine/Ellsworth) drove in the final run of the inning with a triple, scoring Humphrey.

The score remained 4-0 in favor of the Huskies through five and half innings before USM plated four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to shorten the game due to the eight-run rule. Kelly led off the inning with her second double of the game and came around to score on an RBI double from Crosman. A pair of walks and a passed ball made it 6-0 Huskies, before Cooper and Taylor Lux each singled in runs for the 8-0 final.

In the first game, USM rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a run in the bottom of the fourth and a run in the bottom of the seventh for the 2-1 win. Freshman Erika Millett (Whitfield, N.H./White Mountains Regional), who struck out four, earned her fourth win of the season, allowing one earned run on nine hits and five walks over seven innings.

Salem State took the 1-0 lead early on an RBI single from sophomore Katelyn Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass.) in the top of the second inning. Doherty’s RBI came with two outs as Millett earned a fly out and a ground out before the Vikings received back-to-back singles from freshmen Jen Crovo (Melrose, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) and Marissa Peri (Barnstable, Mass.). Doherty’s single marked the third straight hit for the Vikings following the two-out mark, and the Vikings threatened to tack on more runs. After Doherty’s’s single, Doherty and Perri each advanced a base on a passed ball and the Vikings loaded the bases when Millett issued a walk to freshman Marisa Sanchez (Framingham, Mass.). With the bases full, the Huskies got out of the inning with a crucial defensive play as Davis got the fielder’s choice out at home plate.

Salem State remained in front of the Huskies through three and a half innings before USM took advantage of a costly Vikings error to score the equalizer in the bottom of the fourth. USM led off the inning with three consecutive singles from junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s), Davis and Duross. However, a strong defensive play from the Vikings cut down Davis as she attempted to advance on Duross’ hit. With one out, Caron came around to score an unearned run on an error by the Salem State outfield before Viking freshman Rachel Cyr (Amesbury, Mass.) got the final two outs on a fly ball and a strikeout to end the inning.

Both teams battle through scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth. In the top of the seventh, Millett retired the first two batters she faced on a ground out and an infield fly before allowing her final hit of the game, a single. With a runner on, Millett bounced back to get the final out forcing another infield pop up. In the bottom half of the inning, USM took advantage of a lead off error and a pair of singles from sophomore Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Lux to set up the game-winning run. With runners on all three bases and one out, Caron drove in the game-winning run with an RBI fielder’s choice.

Southern Maine will continue to compete on the road, traveling to Rhode Island College for a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Salem State hosts Bridgewater State in a MASCAC doubleheader on Friday (1:00 p.m.).



NOTES: Freshman Courtney Davis leads the Huskies with 15 RBI and is batting a team-leading .404 through 16 games. She is 23-for-57 at the plate with nine runs scored, two doubles, one triple and two home runs.

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:50 am

Southern Maine Sweeps Rhode Island College 14-8, 10-5

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was 7-for-10 at the plate, including a pair of doubles, with four runs scored and three RBI to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a sweep of the Rhode Island College Anchormen in a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Dayna A. Bazar Field. USM defeated RIC 14-8 in the opener and then took a 10-5 decision in the second game.

With the sweep, Southern Maine extends its win streak to four games and improves to 11-7 overall and evens its Little East Conference record at 2-2. Rhode Island College falls to 2-10 with the pair of losses and stands at 0-2 in the LEC.

Game One:

Southern Maine pounded out 19 hits and overcame a shaky bottom of the second to defeat the Anchormen in the opener. Husky freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) allowed two earned runs scattering nine hits and three walks over seven innings to earn her fifth win (5-4) of the season. Millett matched her season and career-high fanning six batters in the win.

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the top half of the second, Southern Maine found itself trailing RIC 5-4 following the bottom half of the inning. The Huskies committed three errors in the inning, while the Anchormen connected on four hits to plate five unearned runs against Millett. RIC senior Justina Thoma (Canterbury, Conn./Woodstock), sophomore Lauren Discullio (East Providence, R.I.) and junior Tori Lussier (North Franklin, Conn./Lyman) each had RBI singles in the inning to put the Anchormen ahead of USM.

The Huskies countered scoring two runs in the top of the third and top of the fourth to retake the lead 8-5 over RIC. Freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) had a two-run single to center field in the third to plate the go-ahead run. In the fourth, USM, after yielding an out, connected on three consecutive singles from freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.), Duross and freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble). With the bases loaded, the Huskies took advantage of a costly error on a fielder’s choice ground ball to score a pair of unearned runs. RIC didn’t go quietly, however, pulling to within a run of the Huskies in the home half of the fourth as Thoma collected her second and third RBI of the game on a single to center field to make it 8-7 in favor of the Huskies.

Following a scoreless fifth, Southern Maine seized control with two runs in the sixth on RBIs from sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) and Lux and a four-run top of the seventh for a 14-7 lead. Kelly had a two-run double down the left field line, while Humphrey added a two-run single to center to account for USM’s runs in the seventh. RIC took one run back in the bottom of the seventh with an unearned run, but Millett came back from the defensive miscue to earn the win.

Duross and Kelly each had four hits for the Huskies in the opener, while Lux and Humphrey each drove in three runs. Five of USM’s 19 hits were for extra bases – all doubles.

Game Two:

Tied 2-2 after the first inning, Southern Maine rattled off seven unanswered runs from the second through the fourth inning en route to the 10-5 win. The Huskies’ connected on 11 hits and took advantage of six RIC errors in the game. Duross finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI to pace the Huskies. Kelly, who was 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI, earned the win in the circle for USM. Kelly allowed five earned runs on nine hits and three walks in seven innings of work.

USM scored three runs in the top of the fourth to lead RIC 9-2. The Huskies’ led off the inning with back-to-back hits from Davis and Duross. Davis cranked out a double to start the inning, while Duross smacked a single to center field. Davis came around to score on a wild pitch, before Kelly plated Duross on an RBI single down the left field line. USM scored its final run of the inning on an infield error.

Leading 9-2 after four, USM threatened to invoke the eight-run rule in the top of the fifth. Junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic) led off the inning with a triple and came around to score the Huskies’ 10th run of the game on an RBI double from Duross, but RIC extended the game with a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth to make it a 10-4 game. RIC plated one more run in the bottom of the sixth as freshman Jacqueline Gauthier (Seekonk, Mass.) led off with a triple and then scored on a wild pitch, but Kelly and the Huskies remained comfortably in front for the win.

Southern Maine remains on the road for its next doubleheader and will face non-conference opponent Bates College on Monday (3:30 p.m.). Rhode Island College travels to Tufts University on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) for a non-conference doubleheader.



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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:58 am

Southern Maine’s Amber Kelly Earns Little East Conference Rookie of the Week Honors

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 5. Kelly is the second USM player to earn the conference’s rookie of the week honor and third USM player overall to earn weekly accolades. Kelly joins classmate Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) as one of two rookie of the week honorees for USM, while freshman rookie Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) earned pitcher of the week honors earlier in the season.

Kelly was an impact player at the plate and in the circle for the Huskies in a 4-2 week, which included a Little East Conference sweep of Rhode Island College. Over six games, Kelly hit a solid .476 (10-for-21) with four doubles to drive in three runs. In the circle, Kelly picked up a pair of wins against one loss in three appearances. Kelly earned an 8-0 shutout victory over Salem State, scattering five hits over six innings, while striking out four. In a 10-5 win over RIC, Kelly allowed five earned runs on nine hits and three walks.

For the season, Kelly is 6-3 in the circle with a 3.95 earned run average. She has 27 strikeouts in 49.2 innings and is averaging just under four strikeouts per game. At the plate, Kelly is second on the team in batting average hitting a solid .409 with 27 hits in 66 at bats. She has a team-leading seven doubles and is fourth with 11 RBI.

Southern Maine is scheduled to host Bowdoin College on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader. Bates hosts Bowdoin on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) in a NESCAC doubleheader.



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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:02 am

Southern Maine Splits With Bowdoin 9-1 (6), 12-4 (5)

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) pitched a strong five-hit, one-run win in the opener to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies split a non-conference doubleheader with the Bowdoin College Polar Bear Wednesday afternoon played at St. Joseph’s College.

Both teams saw win-streaks come to an end with the split. Southern Maine earned its seventh straight win with the 9-1 (6 inn.) victory over Bowdoin in the opener only to see it halted in the second game as Bowdoin downed the Huskies 12-4 (5 innings) in the second game. Southern Maine is 14-8 with the split, while Bowdoin is 15-6.

Millett scattered five hits and a walk over six innings to pick up her seventh win of the season. Millett, who struck out four, received solid run support from freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) and sophomore Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) who each drove in three runs.

Game One:

Both teams seemed to be settling into a pitching duel after a scoreless three and a half innings. Bowdoin sophomore Alana Luzzio (Groton, Conn./Fitch) kept the Huskies’ bats silent through their first three at-bats picking up seven of her eight strikeouts through three innings pitched. Millett was strong on the Huskies side, picking up all four of her strikeouts and benefitting from solid defense to make the score 0-0 headed into the bottom of the fourth.

USM’s bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth. The Huskies scored six runs on five hits and a Bowdoin error to score the first runs of the game. The Huskies first three batters reached safely on a walk to Davis and singles from senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble). With the bases loaded sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) flared a hit just over the shortstop’s head, but Bowdoin senior Adriane Krul (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy) threw Davis out at home to keep the score at 0-0.

With the bases still loaded and one out, sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) drew an RBI walk, before Pillar connected on the first of her two doubles of the game to drive in Crosman and Kelly for two RBIs. USM then made it 4-0 on an outfield error to score Humphrey. USM plated its final two runs of the inning on a two-out single to center field from Davis.

Southern Maine made it 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth on Pillar’s second double of the game. Again with two outs, Humphrey used a solid at-bat to draw a walk, before Pillar roped a double to left center to bring Humphrey across home plate. Bowdoin ended the inning with a smart defensive play as the Polar Bears snagged Pillar out as she attempted to take third on the throw.

Bowdoin broke up the shut out in the top of the sixth. Junior Julia Geaumont (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) started the rally with a one-out double down the right field line and then advance to third on a single up the middle from junior Katie Gately (Rehoboth, Mass./Moses Brown School). Geaumont came around to score on senior Cielle Collins’ (New Castle, N.H./Portsmouth) RBI sacrifice fly to right field, before the Huskies ended the inning with a ground out.

Leading 7-1, USM earned the inning-shortened victory in the bottom of the sixth. Following a lead off walk issued to sophomore Emily York (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee), junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) stroked a one-out double to center field to make it first and third for the Huskies. Davis drove in the Huskies’ eighth run with a sacrifice fly to left field to plate York, while Caron advanced to third on a throwing error. Duross sealed the 9-1 victory in the Huskies’ next at bat with a single up the middle to score Caron.

Luzzio finished the game pitching 5.2 innings in the loss, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and seven walks.

Game Two:

Defensive miscues sunk the Huskies in game two. Southern Maine committed three errors in the top of the first inning to allow Bowdoin to score nine runs, six of which were unearned.

Bowdoin connected on 11 hits in the win led by two hits a piece from Collins, Krul and freshman Claire McCarthy (Mercer Island, Wash./Holy Names Academy), while sophomore Marisa O’Toole (Scarborough, Maine) finished the game 1-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored.

In the circle Geaumont was strong, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. USM’s Kelly was tagged with the loss. Kelly allowed six earned runs on 11 hits and two walks. Kelly struck out five.

Southern Maine’s Duross was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in the loss, while freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) had a pair of hits and an RBI.

Southern Maine returns to action on Thursday (3:00 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader at the University of New England. Bowdoin begins a three-game series with NESCAC opponent Tufts on Friday (4:00 p.m.).

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