Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:47 pm

USM Splits Little East Conference Doubleheader With UMass Dartmouth, 4-3 and 2-4

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H.) struck out five and earned her eighth win of the season while sophomore Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) hit a clutch RBI single to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a split with the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Softball Field.

With the split, Southern Maine stands at 15-9 overall and remains even in the LEC at 3-3. UMass Dartmouth is 4-9 and 1-2 in the Little East. Southern Maine’s 15 wins are the most in a season since 2008 when Southern Maine finished the season 16-21.

Game One:

Sophomore Allison Pillar’s (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) RBI infield single proved to be the difference as the Huskies’ claimed the first game of the LEC doubleheader. With the score tied at three runs each, sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) collected her first hit of the game when she stroked a one-out triple to right field to set up the Huskies’ decisive scoring play. Crosman scored USM’s game-winning run when Pillar sharply hit a ball to the shortstop for a single. The RBI is Pillar’s seventh of the season, while Crosman’s triple is her third extra base hit of the season and her first triple of 2015.

Southern Maine led the Corsairs 3-0 after three innings were played but found itself locked at 3-3 entering the sixth inning. The Huskies scored their first three runs of the game in the bottom of the third on four hits. Freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) and junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) had back-to-back singles to start the inning, before an infield grounder from Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) moved the runners to second and third with one out. Senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) smacked her first triple of the season driving in both of Lux and Caron. Duross scored the Huskies’ final run of the inning. With two-outs Duross crossed home plate on a wild pitch.

UMD took one run back in the top of the fourth on an RBI single to right field from sophomore Abby Tremblay (New Bedford, Mass.), before scoring two runs in the top of the fifth to pull even with the Huskies. UMD junior Rachel Carey (Holbrook, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) cranked out her team-leading third home run of the season, clearing the left field fence for a pair of RBI.

Huskies’ rookie Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) earned her eighth win of the season to improve to 8-4. Millett fanned six batters in the win allowing two earned runs on five hits and a pair of walks. UMass Dartmouth junior Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) took the loss, pitching one inning of relief, allowing one earned run on two hits. UMD starter freshman Hannah Smith (Cromwell, Conn./Vinal Tech) allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks. Smith struck out five over five innings in a non-decision.

Game Two:

UMD sophomore Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.), Orton and Tremblay each had RBI to lead the Corsairs past the Huskies 4-2. The Corsairs jumped on top of USM early plating two runs in the top of the first. Following back-to-back singles from freshman Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) and Carey, Spinuzzi connected on an RBI double to center field to plate Colton. One batter later, Orton had a RBI sacrifice ground out scoring Carey to make it 2-0 early.

UMD doubled its lead to 4-0 in the top of the third as the Corsairs took advantage of two hits and one of four USM errors in the game. Carey led off the inning with a single to through the left side and advanced to second on a walk to Spinuzzi. With both Carey and Spinuzzi advancing on a stolen base attempt, Tremblay hit a two-out RBI single to score Spinuzzi, while Carey scored from second base on a Huskies’ throwing error.

The score remained in favor of UMD through the top of the fifth before USM broke up the shut out with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Lux had an RBI ground out in the inning, while Duross added an RBI single to centerfield.

The Huskies threatened for more runs in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on and one out, but the Corsairs Orton retired the next five batters in order to earn the win. Orton finished the game allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk over seven innings. USM freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) took the loss allowing three earned runs on eight hits and a walk. Kelly struck out nine in the defeat matching her season and career-high.

Southern Maine returns to action on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader at Husson University. UMass Dartmouth hosts Keene State on Sunday (11:00 a.m.) in a Little East Conference doubleheader.



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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:40 am

Husson Sweeps Southern Maine 7-5, 6-3

BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University Eagles combined for 21 hits over two games to earn a non-conference softball doubleheader sweep over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Sunday afternoon at Boucher Field in Bangor, Maine. Husson earned a 7-5 win in the opener and then took a 6-3 win in the second game.

Southern Maine has lost its last three games dropping its record to 15-11 overall. With the sweep, the Eagles have won nine out of their last 10 games to improve to 12-8.

Game One:

In the first game, Husson used a five-run fifth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and then held off a seventh-inning USM rally to hold on for the 7-5 win. Husson junior Sami Schultz (Hermon, Maine) drove in four runs to lead the Eagles, finishing the game 2-for-3 with a home run.

Husson senior Kayla Merrill (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) picked up her sixth win of the season (6-3) allowing five earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out four. Southern Maine freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) took the loss allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and three walks.

Trailing 1-0 after three innings, Southern Maine took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth on three hits and a pair of walks. Junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) led off the inning with a single and then moved to second on a walk issued to freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.). Threatening for a big inning, Husson turned a double play on the next batter erasing Caron and batter senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy). With two down and a runner on second, Husky rookie Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) hit an RBI double to center field to drive in the Huskies’ first run of the game. Another walk, this time to sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood), gave the Huskies runners on second and first with two down, before sophomore Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) doubled down the left field line to plate Kelly.

The score remained 2-1 in favor of the Huskies through the four and a half innings before the Eagles rallied for a huge five-run inning in the bottom of the fifth. Husson scored all five of its runs with two outs. Senior Chelsea Brennan (Woonsocket, R.I.) singled in the Eagles first run to even the score at 2-2, before Shultz cleared the bases for a four-run home run over the left field fence to put the Eagles ahead 6-2.

A quiet top of the sixth kept the score 6-2 in favor of Husson before the Eagles added another run on a sacrifice fly RBI from junior Lyndsay Merrill (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) in the bottom half of the inning to make it 7-2. Trailing by five facing its final at bat, USM rallied for three runs on an RBI triple from Duross, an RBI single from Kelly and an RBI double from Crosman – all with two outs – but it wasn’t enough as Merrill got the final out of the inning to secure the win.

Game Two:

Husson again used a big-run inning late in the game to take the second game 6-3. Merrill and sophomore Casey Lopes (New Bedford, Mass./Greater New Bedford Vocational Tech) each had two RBI for the Eagles, who finished with 11 hits. Husson sophomore Alannah Healy (Brockton, Mass.) earned the win in the circle allowing three unearned runs on four hits and a walk. Southern Maine’s Kelly took the loss allowing four earned runs on five hits in relief. Sophomore Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) pitched the first 4.2 innings allowing one earned run on six hits.

Lopes gave Husson a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI double. Merrill started the inning with a lead off single and advanced to second on a single from junior Allie Hill (Calais, Maine). Both runners advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt, before the Huskies made it two outs picking off Hill at second base, Davis to Caron. With a runner on third, Lopes double scored Merrill before USM ended the threat with a fly out.

USM took a 2-1 lead in the third connecting on a pair of hits and taking advantage of a pair of Husson errors. Davis scored the Huskies’ first run on a fielding error after reaching safely with a single, while Kelly drove in the Huskies’ second run with an RBI single.

Trailing 3-1 through five and half innings, the Eagles surged ahead of USM in the bottom of the sixth with five runs on four hits and one USM error. Sophomore Nicole Andrade (New Bedford, Mass./Bishop Stang) had an RBI double to start the Eagles’ rally and Merrill singles through the right side to drive in two more runs. Lopes plated the Eagles’ final run of the inning with an RBI fielder’s choice grounder. Ahead 6-3, Healy retired the Huskies in order in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.

Southern Maine returns to action on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in Little East Conference doubleheader at Plymouth State University. Husson hosts UMaine Farmington on Wednesday (3:00 p.m.) in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.



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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:56 am

Southern Maine’s Courtney Davis Named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week

Davis Earns the Award For Second Time This Season

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) 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 12. It is the second time this season that Davis is earning the accolade, previously taking the honor on March 16. It is also the second consecutive week that a Huskies’ rookie has earned weekly recognition from the conference office as freshman outfielder/pitcher Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) was selected as the LEC rookie of the week on April 6.

Davis was outstanding for the Huskies’ offensively and defensively in a 4-4 week, including a spilt on the road at UMass Dartmouth in Little East Conference action. At the plate, Davis continued to lead the Huskies hitting a remarkable .500 over eight games collecting 12 hits in 24 at bats, including a triple and a pair of home runs. Davis had a .833 slugging percentage and drove in 17 runs for the Huskies while scoring nine. In a 10-1 win at Bates, Davis was 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and three runs scored. Davis knocked in six runs in the second game of the doubleheader sweep of the Bobcats tying the USM single-game record for RBI in a game. In the field, Davis caught all eight of the Huskies’ contests. She had six assists and allowed just one passed ball in 47 innings of work. She caught three runners attempting stolen bases.

Through 26 games this season, Davis leads the Huskies in batting hitting .433 with 39 hits in 90 at bats. The rookie catcher has driven in a team-leading 30 RBI and has scored 21 runs. She has four doubles, two triples and four home runs.

Southern Maine is slated to host Plymouth State University on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference doubleheader. The games were originally schedule to be played at PSU but were moved to Gorham due to field conditions. The Huskies’ are 15-11 overall and 3-3 in the Little East.


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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:32 am

Plymouth State Sweeps Southern Maine 2-1, 4-1

GORHAM, Maine – Freshmen Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) knocked a game deciding two-run home run in the opener and Jessica Pietersen (Norton, Mass.) fired a two-hitter in the second game as the Plymouth State University Panthers to a sweep of the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the USM Softball Field. Plymouth State defeated USM 2-1 in the first game and took the second game 4-1. Originally schedule to be played in Plymouth, N.H., the games were moved to USM due to unplayable field conditions; Plymouth State played as the home team in both games.

With the pair of wins, Plymouth State spoiled the Huskies’ home opener and improves to 6-13 overall and 3-2 in the Little East. Southern Maine drops its fifth straight game and falls to 15-13 overall and 3-5 in LEC action.

GAME ONE

PSU’s Davis broke open a scoreless pitchers’ duel with her third home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning. Plymouth State led off the inning with a single up the middle from Katie Kennard. Huskies’ freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) came back to get the next tow outs on a pair of outfield fly balls, before Davis launched a shot over the left field fence to put the Panthers ahead 2-0.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fifth, the Huskies’ seemed poised for a big inning but the Panthers’ heads up defense limited USM to just one run. Sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) reached safely with a lead off single to left field and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from classmate Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle). Crosman then took third on a wild pitch and came around to score on an RBI single from sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate). A fielder’s choice left Huskies’ with two outs and a runner on first, before freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) singled through the left side to make it runners on one and two with two down. Junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) followed up Lux’s single with one of her own, but the Panthers ended the Huskies’ rally with a smart relay from the outfield to cut down an aggressive Husky runner, leaving the score 2-1 in favor of PSU.

The Huskies’ had a base runner in both the top of the sixth and seventh but were unable to convert. Freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) had a two-out single in the sixth, while Humphrey had a one-out double in the seventh. Humphrey’s double was for naught as the Panthers converted a double play to erase the threat.

Millett took the loss for USM allowing two earned runs on four hits in six innings. PSU senior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett) earned the win allowing one earned run on eight hits and a walk in seven innings.

GAME TWO

Pietersen led the Panthers to the sweep in the second game limiting the Husky bats to just two hits in seven innings of work. Pietersen had two walks and two strikeouts in the victory. Millett, who pitched back-to-back games, took the loss allowing three earned runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. Millett was relieved by sophomore Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley). Benner pitched two innings of scoreless relief totaling one walk and one strikeout.

Kennard drove in a pair of PSU’s runs, while freshman Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass./Kents Hill) and sophomore Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) each had an RBI. Murray was 2-for-3 at the plate adding a run scored. Huskies’ freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) and Lux accounted for both of the USM hits, while Crosman had a sacrifice fly in the top of the second to drive in USM’s lone run.

Southern Maine hosts St. Joseph’s College (Maine) on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader. Plymouth State travels to Lyndon State for a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday (3:30 p.m.).



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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:54 am

Southern Maine Splits With St. Joseph’s (Maine) 1-6, 9-1 (6)

GORHAM, Maine - Freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) set a career-high in strikeouts as part of a two-hit 9-1 (6 inning) win to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a split with the St. Joseph’s College (Maine) Monks in a non-conference softball doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Towers Field. St. Joseph’s took the 6-1 win in the opener, before the Huskies battled back for a 9-1 win in the second game.

Picking up the win in the second game, Southern Maine halted a six-game losing streak to improve its overall record to 16-14. The Monks are 22-8 with the split.

Game One:

In the opener, St. Joseph’s used a combined pitching effort from starter junior Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.) and relievers freshman Abigail Murphy (Randolph, Mass./Ursuline Academy) and sophomore Danielle Egan (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) to hold the Huskies to just four hits and one earned run. Boulanger pitched the first three innings, striking out three and walking one while yielding a single hit before being lifted in favor of Murphy in the fourth. Murphy pitched the fourth and fifth innings allowing one earned run on two hits. Egan took the win to improve to 3-2 firing two innings of scoreless relief striking out two while allowing one hit and one walk.

SJC took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first junior Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) had an RBI single to right field scoring freshman Alyssah Dennett (Augusta, Maine/Cony). Dennett reached safely with a one-out ground rule double to left-center.

The Monks made it 3-0 in the top of the third, scoring both runs with two outs on timely hitting from Mayhew and senior Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus). Mayhew collected her second RBI of the game with an infield single, while Hendrix doubled to score Mayhew.

SJC took control of the game in the top of the fourth to lead USM 5-0 as freshman Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine/Bonny Eagle) crushed the first home run over her intercollegiate career over the center field fence for two runs. USM took one back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood), but the Monks answered with an RBI single from Hendrix in the top of the fifth to remain ahead by five runs 6-1.

With Egan in the circle, SJC kept the Huskies off the scoreboard for the win. USM sophomore Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley) took the loss allowing five earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks. She struck out two in four innings. Benner was replaced by freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) to start the fifth. Kelly allowed one earned run over three innings yielding four hits and two walks, while striking out two.

Game Two:

Millett earned her ninth win of the season holding the Monks to just two hits over six innings of work. Millett, who allowed two walks, set a career and season high of nine strikeouts besting her previous record of six in the victory.

The Huskies’ offense buoyed Millett pounding out 14 hits, including five for extra bases. Freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) was 3-for-4 with four RBI, while classmate Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) was also 3-for-4 with three runs scored from the lead off spot. Junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) and sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) each drove in a pair of runs. Caron was 3-for-4 with two runs scored including a double and a triple, while Humphrey added a double.

After a scoreless first USM touched SJC starter freshman Alli Pike (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) for their first run of the game in the bottom of the second on a two-out double from Crosman. With one down, Kelly laced a triple to right field to start the Huskies’ rally. A sharply line ball to second base ended Humphrey’s at-bat to make it two-down with a runner on third before Crosman belted her fourth double of the season to center field for a 1-0 USM lead.

The Huskies tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third on Caron’s RBI double and an RBI single from Davis to lead the Monks 3-0. Following a scoreless fourth, St. Joseph’s trimmed the USM advantage to 3-1. The Monks took advantage of a USM throwing error to earn a lead off base runner and an RBI double to the left field gap from freshman Katherine Collette (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley). With a Collette on second an no outs, Millett was able to work her way around the error limiting the damage retiring the next three batters in order on an infield pop up and a pair of strikeouts.

USM blew the game open in the bottom half of the fifth scoring five runs on four hits to lead 7-1. The Huskies’ scored their first two runs on three straight hits. Lux led off the inning with a single to left field and scored on a Caron triple, before Caron touched home plate on an RBI single from Davis. The Huskies’ final two runs of the inning crossed home on Humphrey’s two-run double to the right field gap scoring Kelly and senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy).

Millett took care of the Monks in order in the top of the sixth on a ground out, a strike out and a pop up, before Davis ended the game in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run single to center field to invoke the eight-run rule.

Pike took the loss allowing three earned runs on five hits in three innings to stand at 101 on the season. Sophomore Kylie McFadden (Dover, N.H.) pitched 2.0 innings allowing four earned runs on six hits, before being replace by senior Laura Jordan (Orrington, Maine/Bangor) in the sixth. Jordan did not record an out, giving up a pair of earned runs on three hits.

Southern Maine remains at home and will face Keene State in Little East Conference action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for its next contest. St. Joseph’s College also plays again on Saturday and will host Suffolk University in a GNAC doubleheader (12:00 p.m.).

Notes: With four RBIs in today’s doubleheader freshman C Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) is now tied for fourth in single-season records with former All-New England outfielder Meredith Bradley-Bickford.

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:59 am

Southern Maine’s Courtney Davis Named ECAC DIII New England Rookie of the Week

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team has earned ECAC Division III New England Rookie of the Week honors. Davis, who is a two-time Little East Conference Rookie of the Week selection (March 16, April 13), is earning ECAC accolades for the first time.

Davis was outstanding over an eight-game stretch for the Huskies, helping USM to a 4-4 record, including a split on the road at Little East Conference opponent UMass Dartmouth. At the plate, Davis was the Huskies’ offensive catalyst hitting .500 during collecting 12 hits in 24 at bats, while driving in 14 runs and scoring nine. Davis had a .833 slugging percentage collecting a triple and a pair of home runs. In a highlight of the week, a 10-1 win at Bates, Davis was 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and three runs scored. Davis knocked in a season and career-best six runs in that game, matching the USM single-game record for RBIs.

Defensively, Davis caught all eight of the Huskies’ games. She had six assists from behind the plate and allowed just one passed ball in 47 innings of work. She caught three runners attempting stolen bases.

Through 28 games this season, Davis leads Southern Maine in batting average, RBIs, hits, and home runs. She has 40 hits in 95 at bats for a .421 batting average, including five doubles, a triple and four home runs.

Southern Maine is 15-13 overall and 3-5 in the Little East. The Huskies are slated to host St. Joseph’s College (Maine) in a non-conference doubleheader this afternoon at the USM Softball Field beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:33 am

Southern Maine Sweeps Keene State 3-1, 5-1 in Little East Doubleheader

GORHAM, Maine - Freshmen hurlers Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) and Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) each turned in strong complete game efforts to lift the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a sweep of the Keene State College Owls in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Towers Field. The Huskies defeated KSC 3-1 in the opener and then took the second game 5-1.

With the sweep of the Owls, Southern Maine extends its winning streak to three games and improves to 18-14 overall and 5-5 in the Little East. The Huskies’ 18 wins are the most in a season since USM posted a 19-22 season in 2007. Southern Maine has six regular season contest remaining before the start of the Little East tournament. Keene State drops its fourth straight games to fall to 10-14 overall and 5-5 in conference action.

GAME ONE:

Millett struck out six and scattered five hits and a walk over seven innings to pick up her 10th win of the season as the Huskies’ took down KSC 3-1. Millett, who did not allow an earned run, to improve to 10-7 did not yield an extra base hit in the victory.

Southern Maine took an early lead after the bottom of the first inning as Kelly stroked an RBI double to left field as part of a two-out scoring rally. With two down, USM received three consecutive hits from freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.), senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and Kelly. Davis, who advanced to third on Duross’ single, scored on Kelly’s RBI single, while Duross was cut down at home on a strong relay from left field to catcher from the Owls.

KSC came back to tie the score up at 1-1 in the top of the third on an RBI single to right field from senior Sara Bracken (Windham, N.H./Salem), but the Huskies returned for two runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead 3-1.

Junior Jen Lynch (Portland, Maine/Deering) earned a lead off walk and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy). Junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) took first despite striking out due to a throwing error to set up USM with runners at first and second and one out. Davis’ ground out made it runners on second and third with two down before Duross came through in the clutch with a two-run single scoring Caron and Lynch.

With Millett on the mound the Huskies were able to hold for the 3-1 win as USM kept the Owls off the scoreboard for the final four innings. Millett picked up three of her six strikeouts in the final four innings and was able to work her way around a USM fielding error in the fifth to seal the victory. Keene State sophomore Ashlee McGan (Southhampton, Mass./Hampshire) took the loss despite pitching a solid game for the Owls. McGan, who also struck out six, allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks.


Game Two:

In game two, Kelly ignored four Huskies’ field errors to come out on top with a 5-1 win to improve to 7-6 on the season. Kelly did not allow an extra base hit while scattering six hits over seven innings while striking out five.

Kelly’s strong performance in the circle was helped by two RBIs each from Lux and Caron. Lux was 2-for-3 at the plate, including her fourth double of the season. Sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) accounted for the Huskies’ other RBI.

KSC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as junior Morgan Fallon’s (Reading, Mass./Redgin) fielder’s choice grounder plated junior Stephanie Long (Salem, N.H.). Long who led off with a single up the middle came around to score on a single from Bracken, a wild pitch, a USM and Fallon’s grounder. USM got out of the inning without any more damage despite committing one of its four errors in the game with a Caron to Humphrey to Davis double play.

USM took the lead for good in the bottom of the second scoring a pair of runs on three hits. Sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) started the rally with a one-out single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Humphrey collected her RBI lacing the ball up the middle for a single.

Tied 1-1, Lynch followed Humphrey’s single with a walk and made it runners on one and two with two outs. With runners in scoring position, Lux came through with a big hit smacking a double to the right field gap to make it 3-1 in favor of USM.

USM added three more runs in the top of the fourth to make it 5-1 and seize control. Lux drove in USM’s first run with a sacrifice fly to right field, before Caron had a two-run single up the middle.

KSC had a chance to make a big inning in the top of the sixth as USM committed a pair of errors setting up Owls on first and third with two down, but the Huskies’ Kelly fought back to get the final out on a strike out.

KSC freshman Olivia Indorf (South Portland, Maine) took the loss for the Owls. Indorf allowed five earned runs on five hits and four walks in four innings. McGan came on to pitch the final two innings. McGan kept USM off the scoreboard allowing a pair of hits while striking out one.

Southern Maine hosts UMaine Farmington in a non-conference doubleheader on Monday (3:30 p.m.). Keene State hosts Castleton State in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).


NOTES: With two RBIs in today’s doubleheader, USM senior Kristen Duross is now 10th in USM career record with 73. Duross has 130 career hits through 147 games.

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:30 am

Southern Maine Sweeps UMass Boston 5-0 (8), 4-1

Huskies Clinch Spot in Little East Conference Tournament

BOSTON – Senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thorton Academy) drove in a pair of runs as part of a five-run eighth-inning to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 5-0 win over the UMass Boston Beacons in the first game of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at the UMB Softball Field. The Huskies, who swept the Beacons with a 4-1 victory in the second game, clinched their first berth into the Little East Conference Tournament Championship since the 2010 season.

With the pair of wins, Southern Maine runs its win-streak to five games and improves its overall record to 20-14 and 7-5 in the Little East. It is the first time since the 2006 season the Huskies have met the 20-win plateau. UMass Boston suffered its 12th defeat after being swept by Southern Maine to fall to 4-24 overall and 1-11 in the LEC.


GAME ONE:

Battling through seven scoreless innings, the Huskies exploded for five runs on five hits, a walk and a Beacons’ error in the top of the eighth to earn the 5-0 extra-inning win over UMass Boston.

With one out, sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) and Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) started the Huskies’ rally with back-to-back singles. A UMB error on a junior Morgan Scavetta (Damariscotta, Maine/Lincoln Academy) grounder left the Huskies with the bases full and one out. Freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) drove in the Huskies’ first run of the game singling to center field. USM made it 2-0 when junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) drew a bases loaded walk.

The Beacons cut down a potential third run for the Huskies’ with a smart fielder’s choice play at home plate on a grounder from freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.), but Duross notched her 25th and 26th RBIs of the season with a laced single up the middle to make it 4-0 USM. The Huskies tacked on one more run in the inning as freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) followed up Duross’ single up the middle with one of her own.

In the bottom half of the inning, Huskies’ freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) continued her strong work in the circle retiring the Beacons in order with a strikeout, infield pop up and a ground out. Millett improved to 11-7 with the win, picking up her second shut out of the season. Millett scattered eight hits and two walks over eight innings while striking out six.

UMB freshman Kaera Wyse (Danvers, Mass./Essex Agricultural Tech) took the loss allowing two earned runs on eight hits and one walk. Wyse had eight strikeouts in the loss.


GAME TWO:

Southern Maine scored three runs in the top of the fourth and added another in the top of the seventh while riding a strong pitching performance from Kelly to take a 4-1 win over UMass Boston in the second game. Kelly improved her overall record to 8-6 allowing one earned run on four hits in seven innings of solid work. Kelly, who did not allow a walk, struck out four.

Humphrey drove in USM’s first run with an RBI double in the top of the fourth to score Kelly. Kelly put herself in scoring position with a one-out double of her own. The Huskies’ then scored two more runs as the Beacons committed a pair of costly fielding errors.

With Kelly in control in the circle, the score remained 3-0 in favor of the Huskies heading into the top of the seventh. Southern Maine scored its final run of the game on an RBI double from Duross. With one out, Caron and Davis connected for consecutive singles before Duross notched her 27th RBI of the season with her sixth double of the season.

The Beacons scored their lone run of the doubleheader in the bottom half of the seventh as sophomore Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) belted her second home run of the season with one out, but Kelly came back to get the final two outs of the inning to secure the win.

UMB pitcher senior Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) took the loss allowing two earned runs on nine hits and one walk.

Southern Maine hosts UMaine Farmington in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) for its next contest. UMass Boston will host UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) in an LEC doubleheader.

NOTES: With two RBIs in today’s doubleheader with UMass Boston, USM freshman Courtney Davis has moved into fourth place in single-season RBIs. She is tied with former All-Region outfielder Meredith Bradley (Bickford) with 34.

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:01 am

Southern Maine Wins Seventh Straight, Defeats UMF 1-0, 9-0 (5)

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Huskies took a pair of shut out victories to earn a non-conference doubleheader sweep over the University of Maine at Farmington Beavers Thursday afternoon at Towers Field. Behind the strong pitching of freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional), the Huskies squeaked out a 1-0 win in the opener, before finding their rhythm offensively in the second game to cruise to a five-inning 9-0 win.

With the pair of wins, Southern Maine runs its win-streak to seven games and improves its overall record to 22-14. UMaine Farmington falls to 4-17 running its winless streak to four games.



GAME ONE:

Millett turned in another strong performance in the circle for the Huskies to earn her fourth straight victory tossing a three-hit shutout against the Beavers. Earning her second consecutive shutout, Millett has not surrendered an earn run in the last 30 innings. The Huskies’ freshman improved to 12-7 win the win.

Despite collecting eight hits off of UMF starter junior Emily Vitone (Wetminster, Mass./Oakmont), the Huskies struggled to score runs as the Beavers turned in some strong defensive plays. After two scoreless innings, the Huskies seemed poised for a big inning in the bottom of the third when they loaded the bases with three consecutive singles to lead off the inning. The UMF defense came up big to hold USM scoreless recording three consecutive force plays at home, including an impressive off balance throw to the plate from Beaver sophomore SS Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine).

With Millett in control, however, the Huskies generated all the runs they needed in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior Jen Lynch (Portland, Maine/Deering) connected with a one-out hit to left center for her fifth double of the season and then advanced to third on a pinch-hit single from sophomore Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle). Lynch touched home plate following a clutch sacrifice fly from freshman Chantal Bisson (Libson, Maine) to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead.

With the lead in place, Millett held the Beavers scoreless over the next three innings.



GAME TWO:

In the second game, freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) produced in the circle and at the plate to help USM to its seventh straight win. Allowing just two hits and a walk over four innings of work, Kelly picked up for more strikeouts to make her season total 57 on the season while improving to 9-6 on the season and earning her second shutout win of the season.

At the plate, Kelly was part of a nine-hit attack for the Huskies, driving in a pair of runs and scoring one with a 1-for-3 effort at the plate. Huskies’ junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) was 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring two. Among her two hits, were Caron’s second home run of the season that cleared the Huskies’ centerfield fence (225) that forced the eight-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fourth.

The Huskies did a bulk of their damage in the bottom of the third. Southern Maine scored seven runs on seven hits and a walk. Huskies’ DH freshman Becca Howell (Limington, Maine/Bonny Eagle) collected the first hit of her career to ignite the Huskies’ rally when she laced a single down the left field line, Bisson followed with a single of her own before senior Lilly Cooper (Lamoine, Maine/Ellsworth) drew a walk setting up bases loaded with no outs.

With runners in scoring position, the Huskies did not waste the opportunity as Caron notched an RBI single to right field, followed by a sacrifice fly to center field from freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.). Ahead 2-0, senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) collected USM’s third hit of the inning with a single up the middle to again load the bases. Kelly helped her own cause with a single down the left field line to drive in a pair of runs to make it 4-0, before sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) plated the Huskies fifth run with an RBI single to left field.

UMF starter sophomore Courtney Fowler (Greensboro, N.C./Maine Central Institute) got the Beavers’ second out on the next batter, but Howell, who lead off the inning, singled up the middle to drive in two runs collected her second career hit and her first two collegiate RBIs.

Cushioned by a large lead, Kelly kept UMF off the scoreboard through the fourth before being lifted in favor of sophomore Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine/Medomak Valley). Benner pitched the final inning yielding just one hit in a scoreless top of the fifth. Fowler took the loss for UMF allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. Vitone returned for the Beavers in the third, pitching 1.1 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit while striking out two.

Southern Maine hosts Little East Conference opponent Western Connecticut State on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) in a doubleheader. The Huskies will be celebrating seniors Kristen Duross and Lily Cooper as part of Senior Day. UMaine Farmington hosts New England College in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Friday (3:00 p.m.).


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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:49 am

Western Connecticut DefeatsSouthern Maine 6-2, 8-4 (10 inn)

GORHAM, Maine - Junior Emily Cintorino (Bristol, Conn./BristonCentral)
earned both wins in the circle and the Western Connecticut
StateUniversity Colonials received big hits in key spots to earn a pair
of wins overthe University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East
Conference softballdoubleheader Saturday afternoon at Towers field. WCSU
defeated USM 6-2 in theopener and then picked up the 8-4, 10-inning win
in the second game for thesweep.

With the pair of wins,Western Connecticut extended its win-streak to
four games and improved to 22-12on the season and 11-3 in the Little
East Conference. Southern Maine had its seven-game win streakhalted
with the pair of losses and stands at 21-16 overall and an even 7-7
inthe Little East Conference.

GAME ONE:
Trailing 2-1 after threeinnings, Western Connecticut jumped ahead of the
Huskies with three runs in thetop of the fourth inning. Junior
MichaelaRoche (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) drove in the Colonials
game-tying runwith a double to left field before senior Christine
Bighinatti (Rocky Hill,Conn.) crushed a ball over the left field fence
for a two-run home run to giveWCSU a 4-2 lead.
The Huskies had previouslytaking the lead just an inning early with a
two-out rally while takingadvantage of a Colonials fielding error. With
two down and a runner on second after a dropped fly ball in the
outfield,Huskies’ freshman Courtney Davis(Woburn, Mass.) added to her
LEC leading RBI total with a double to the rightfield gap. One batter
later, Davis camearound to touch home plate as senior KristenDuross
(Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) laced a triple down the left fieldline
for a 2-1 USM lead.

Both teams were held incheck in the fifth inning, but the Colonials
scored one run in the sixth andone more in the seventh to close out the
game 6-2. Junior Lydia Walter (East Haddam,Conn./Hale-Ray) had an RBI
bunt in the top of the sixth, while senior NinaWojkiewicz (Griswold,
Conn.) doubled to left field in the seventh to drive in arun.
Cintorino was solid forthe Colonials to pick up her 10th win of the
season. She did not allow an earned run through seveninnings on four
hits and two walks. Shestruck out five. Huskies’ freshman Erika
Millett (Whitefield, N.H./WhiteMountains Regional) set a career-best
with 11 strikeouts in the loss, allowingsix earned runs on seven hits
without yielding a walk.

GAME TWO:
Led by a bases-clearingtriple from Wojtkiewicz, the Colonials exploded
for five runs in the top of the10th inning to secure the LEC sweep.
Thetriple was Wojkiewicz’s lone hit of the game.
After grabbing a 2-0 leadon an unearned run in the top of the first and
top of the fourth, WCSU founditself trailing the Huskies 3-2 after five
innings. USM took the lead from the Colonials scoringone run in the
bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of thefifth.
Sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick,Maine/Marshwood) drove in the
Huskies’ first run of the game with a sacrificefly deep to center field
to score Davis. Davis led off the inning with a single through the left
side beforeadvancing to second on an single from Duross. Sophomore Danni
Humphrey(Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) moved both runners up a base
with a sacrificebunt, before Crosman collected her 13th RBI of the
season.

In the bottom of thefifth, Davis’ single up the middle pulled the
Huskies’ even with the Colonialsbefore Duross followed with an RBI
single to right field for the 3-2 USM lead.Husky freshman Amber Kelly
(Berwick, Maine/Noble), who pitched a strong game,kept the Colonials off
of the scoreboard through the sixth, but WCSU would nabthe equalizer in
the top of the seventh setting up extra innings.

Aftera leadoff single to junior Maegan Rodriguez (East
Haven, Conn./Sacred Heart)startColonial junior Kristen Silman(Brewster, N.Y.) singled up the middle to drive in the game-tying run. With a runner on and one out, Kelly was
ableto bounce back and get the final two outs to head to the seventh.

With Cintorino in the game since the sixth inning, the
Colonials kept USM off thescoreboard in the seventh with three straight
outs before both teams battledthrough scoreless eighth and ninth
innings. The Huskies’ threatened to win in the bottom of the ninth with
a leadoff single, but the Colonials were able to turn a double-play on a
line out toquickly get two down. The double playproved key as the
Huskies’ next batter, freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel,Maine/Thornton
Academy) stroked a single up the middle.

Inthe 10th Colonials, with a runner placed on second, had a
single, a stolen baseand a fielder’s choice to load the bases before
Wojkiewicz’s big hit. After thethree-run triple, WCSU added two more
runs on a sacrifice bunt and a singlethrough the right side. USM took
one back in the bottom of the inning on asacrifice fly RBI from Duross.
TheHuskies had the bases loaded with one down after back-to-back singles
from Humphreyand Crosman, but Cintorino again benefitted from the double
play to end thethreat.

Cintorinoearned the win improving to 11-4 on the season
pitching five innings ofrelief. She did not allow an earned runon five
hits and two walks. Kelly tookthe loss allowing six earned runs on
seven hits and one walk. She struck out a career-high 11.

Southern Maine is offuntil the start of the 2015 Little East Conference
Tournament. The Huskies are participating in the LECtourney for the
first time since the 2010 season. The LEC tourney begins on Thursday,
April 30and will be hosted by top-seed and regular season champion
Eastern ConnecticutState University. USM’s seeding andopponent are yet
to be determined. Western Connecticut hosts Manhattanville in a
non-conferencedoubleheader on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
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