Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:57 pm

Huskies’ Softball Back In Little East Conference Tournament!

GORHAM, Maine - For the first time since the 2010, the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team will be extending their season when they head off to Willimantic, Connecticut for the 2015 Little East Conference Tournament.

After inheriting a team that posted just four wins in 2012, third-year coach Sarah Jamo has put the Huskies on the right trajectory to once again compete for an LEC title. Southern Maine heads into the LEC tourney as the fifth-seed with a 7-7 mark in conference action during the regular season and a 21-16 overall record. The Huskies’ 21 wins are the most in a season since 2006 when USM posted a 23-21 record. The Huskies’ 7-7 mark in conference action is also their best record in LEC play since the 2010 season when they posted an identical 7-7 mark.

The 2015 Little East Conference Championship Tournament will be hosted by regular season champion and top-seed, Eastern Connecticut State University (25-6-1, 13-1 Little East). Eastern Connecticut will host the three-day double elimination championship tournament beginning Thursday, April 30 (10:00 a.m.) at the Eastern Softball Stadium. While the first through fifth seeds have been determined, the sixth seed and final LEC playoff spot is still undecided and is predicated upon the completion of a halted game to be played between Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday. Dependent upon the outcome, either UMass Dartmouth or UMass Boston will enter the conference tournament as the sixth-seed.

A youthful Huskies’ squad that features eight freshman and 11 sophomores, USM is led offensively by freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.). Davis has strung together an impressive rookie season and is batting a team-leading .417 while driving in a team-best 37 RBI. Davis has eight doubles, two triples and four home runs on 53 hits in 127 at bats. Three-year captain, senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) is USM’s second-leading hitter with 46 hits in 126 at bats for a .365 batting average. The Huskies’ senior outfielder has six doubles, a team-leading four triples and is second in RBI with 32. Junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) is the Huskies’ third-leading hitter while manning the shortstop position. Caron’s first season with the Huskies has been a success as she is hitting .361 with 44 hits in 122 at bats and 20 RBI.

In the circle, Southern Maine has relied on the arms of freshmen pitchers Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) and Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Marshwood). Millett leads USM in wins (12) and has a solid 1.93 earned run average, pitching 137.2 innings. She has held opponents to a .235 batting average and averages 4.63 strikeouts per game.

Kelly, a two-way player, has picked up nine wins in the circle with a 3.68 earned run average with 93.1 innings pitched. Kelly is averaging 5.10 strikeouts per game. At the plate, Kelly, who also starts at centerfield for the Huskies when not pitching, is hitting a solid .350 with 43 hits in 123 at bats with 19 RBI. She leads the team with 11 doubles and has struck for one triple.

Southern Maine is scheduled to open its 2015 LEC Tournament against second-seed Western Connecticut State (24-12, 11-3 LEC) on Thursday, April 30 (12:00 p.m.).

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:01 pm

Courtney Davis Named LEC Rookie of the Week For Third Time

GORHAM, Maine - For the third time this season, freshman catcher Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week. One of three USM players to earn weekly accolades from the conference office this season, Davis previously was acknowledged by the LEC on March 16 and April 13.

Davis hit .400 over six games collecting eight hits in 20 at bats, while driving in three RBI. Davis’ offensive and defensive output helped USM to a 4-2 record during the week, including a pair of Little East Conference wins. In a LEC doubleheader sweep on the road at UMass Boston, Davis was 4-for-8 at the plate, including a pair of doubles, with two runs batted in and a run scored. In an LEC doubleheader against Western Connecticut, Davis was 4-for-8 with an RBI and two runs scored. With her three RBI during the week, Davis took possession of third place in the USM single-season records for RBI in a season with 37. The Southern Maine record of 41 is held by Davis’ older sister Katie Davis, who played for the Huskies from 2010-2013.

For the season, Davis leads Southern Maine hitting .417 with 53 hits in 127 at bats. The Huskies’ rookie has eight doubles, two triples and four home runs to compliment her team-leading 37 RBI. She is fielding .986 with 177 put out and 32 assists. Davis is fifth in the LEC in batting average, seventh in slugging percentage (.598), fifth in on-base percentage (.446), sixth in runs scored (26), first in RBI, third in hits, tied for eighth in doubles, tied for fourth in home runs, and third in total bases (76).

Southern Maine is scheduled to open its 2015 LEC Tournament against second-seed Western Connecticut State (24-12, 11-3 LEC) on Thursday, April 30 (12:00 p.m.). The Huskies (21-16, 7-7 LEC) are the fifth seed.

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 10:33 am

2015 Little East Conference Tournament

No. 5 Southern Maine Rallies To Defeat No. 2 Western Connecticut 8-7

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) was 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBI to lead the fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over the second-seeded Western Connecticut State University Colonials in the first day of the 2015 Little East Conference Softball Championship Thursday afternoon at Eastern Connecticut State University’s Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

With the win, Southern Maine advances in the winner’s bracket of the six-team double-elimination tournament and will face third-seeded Keene State College Owls Friday (12:00 p.m.). Keene State advances with a 4-0 win over fourth-seed Plymouth State. Southern Maine is 23-16 on the season. With the loss, Western Connecticut saw its six-game win-streak halted to drop to 24-13. Western Connecticut bounced back in an elimination game later in the day with a 9-0 (5 inning) win over UMass Dartmouth to stay alive in the tournament and up its record to 25-13.

Trailing 7-4 heading into the top of the seventh, Southern Maine scored three of its four runs with two-outs to jump ahead of the Colonials en route to the win. Husky freshman Chantal Bisson (Lisbon, Maine) drove in the USM’s first run of the game when she belted a one-out double to right field to score pinch-runner senior Lily Cooper (Lamoine, Maine/Ellsworth). Cooper entered the game to run for sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) who reached base safely after being hit by a pitch. Cooper advanced to second on a walk issued to sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) before touching home plate on Bisson’s second hit and second RBI of the game.

After a strikeout to get the second out of the inning with the Huskies trailing 7-5, Kelly stepped up to the plate and drove in her third and fourth RBIs of the game when she singled through the left side to score both Bisson and Crosman. Kelly took second on the next play as freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) drew a walk. With the game on the line senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) singled through the right side plating Kelly. Kelly who ran hard on contact scored the eventual game-winner as the Huskies took the 8-7 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Kelly, who entered the game in relief of USM starter freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) in the bottom of the fifth, gave up a lead off single to WCSU senior Julia Bocek (Southington, Conn.) before being lifted in favor of Millett. With a runner on and no outs, Millett yielded a single to Michaela Roche (Briston, Conn.) to make it runners on first and second with no outs, before initiating a pivotal double play. Facing junior Lydia Walter (East Haddam, Conn.), Millett snared a comeback line drive and doubled off a Colonial pinch runner that had strayed too far off of first base. Still facing the game-tying run on second and the go-ahead run at the plate, Millett continued her strong work striking out WCSU senior Christine Bighinatti (Rocky Hill, Conn.) for the win.

Western Connecticut scored first in the game taking the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Bocek hit a solo homerun over right field and the Colonials stayed in front of USM until the top of the fourth. Bisson drove in USM’s first run of the game with an RBI single to score Humphrey. Humphrey led off the inning with a walk, and advanced to second on a wild pitch and then took third on a single through the right side from Crosman.

WCSU came right back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from Bighinatti to reclaim the 2-1 lead. Southern Maine tacked on another run in the fifth as Kelly led off the inning with a solo home run over the left field fence. Kelly’s home run, made the score 2-2, and marked the first of her intercollegiate career.

After trading runs with the Huskies, Western Connecticut seemed to have taken control in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs to lead 5-2. Giving up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, Southern Maine seemed to have escaped the Colonial threat recording its first out on a sacrifice bunt before Davis made a heads-up force play at home to make it two outs and no runs. However, the Colonials’ next batter, Roche, cleared the bases with a three-run double down the left field line for a 5-2 WCSU lead before being gunned down at third by Davis to end the inning.

Southern Maine did not pack it in however and came back for two runs in the top of the sixth to trim its deficit to 5-4. Kelly and Duross combined for some two-out magic for the Huskies, each collecting RBI singles.

In the bottom of the sixth, WCSU extended its lead to 7-4. The Colonials scored its first run on a fielder’s choice that failed to convert to an out on an RBI grounder from senior Erin Biskup (Poughkeepskie, N.Y./Spachenkill), before senior Nina Wojkiewicz (Griswold, Conn.) struck for an RBI double to make it a three-run lead for her team. However, the three-run lead was not enough as the Huskies’ bats were clutch in a big spot. Southern Maine finished the game 8-for-15 (.533) at the plate with two outs and 7-for-15 (.429) with runners in scoring position.

Kelly earned the win in the circle pitching 1.2 innings of relief to improve to 10-7 on the year. Kelly allowed two earned runs on three hits and a pair of walks. Millett earned her first save of the season. Millett combined to fire 5.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Junior Alle Sabith (Meriden, Conn./Maloney) took the loss for WCSU allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks in 1.0 innings pitched. Junior Emily Cintorino (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central), the Colonial starter, took the no decision allowing six earned runs on 11 hits and four walks. Cintorino struck out six.

2015 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament
MANSFIELD, Conn. (Eastern Connecticut) – Double Elimination

Day 1: Thursday, April 30
GM 1 - No. 1 Eastern Connecticut 9, No. 6 UMass Dartmouth 0 (6 inn.)
GM 2 - No. 5 Southern Maine 8, No. 2 Western Connecticut 7
GM 3 - No. 3 Keene State 4, No. 4 Plymouth State 0
GM 4 – No. 2 Western Connecticut 9, No. 6 UMass Dartmouth 0 (5 inn.)

Day 2: Friday, May 1
GM 5 – No. 1 Eastern Connecticut vs. No. 4 Plymouth State, 10 a.m.
GM 6 – No. 5 Southern Maine vs. No. 3 Keene State, 12 p.m.
If four teams remain after Game 6
GM 7 – No. 2 Western Connecticut vs. Loser Game 6, 2 p.m.
GM 8 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4 p.m.
If five teams remain after Game 6
GM 7 – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 2 p.m.
GM 8 – Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 4 p.m.


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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 8:56 am

Southern Maine Eliminated From LEC Tourney; Awaits Possible ECAC Bid

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Playing in the Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament for the first time since the 2010 season, the fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies played hard but were eliminated in a pair of closely played games in the second day of the tourney Friday afternoon at Eastern Connecticut State University’s Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Southern Maine fell to third-seeded Keene State College Owls 5-3 in the winners bracket before dropping a 7-3 decision to second-seeded Western Connecticut State Colonials in an elimination game.

With the pair of losses, Southern Maine stands at 23-18 and will await a possible ECAC Division III New England Region Tournament berth. Keene State improved to 16-17 win the win over the Huskies, while Western Connecticut upped its record to 26-13.

GAME ONE: No. 3 KSC 5, No. 5 Southern Maine 3

Keene State scored all five of its runs in the top of the fifth inning capitalizing on the Huskies’ lone error of the game. Four of the Owls runs were unearned in the decisive fifth inning and all five came with two outs.

In a pitcher’s dual, Southern Maine struck first in the game taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) launched her first home run of the season over the center field fence to give her team the lead. Prior to Humphrey’s HR, both team’s pitchers kept their opponents off of the scoreboard. USM starter freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) had five strikeouts through the first four innings, allowing just two hits. KSC starter junior Mariah Crisp (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) allowed seven hits through four innings, but just one run, while tallying eight strikeouts.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fifth, KSC materialized its scoring threat following one-out walk and a double down the left field line from sophomore Aliza Guerrero (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe). Southern Maine got its second out of the inning on a strong defensive play from freshman SS Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) who gunned down the runner at home on a fielder’s choice ground out, but KSC junior Stephanie Long (Salem, N.H.) was able to plate the Owls’ first run of the game with an RBI single up the middle on the next play and senior Sara Bracken (Windham, N.H./Salem) drew the Owls’ second walk of the inning to load the bases.

With two down and the bases full, the Huskies’ seemed to be out of the inning without any further damage on a ground ball, but a muffed throw allowed the second Owls’ run of the inning. Ahead 2-0, junior Morgan Fallon (Reading, Mass.) made it 3-0 with an RBI single up the middle before sophomore Jen Galavotti (Marian, Mass.) singled through the left side for two RBIs and a 5-0 Owl lead. USM was able to end the inning as Fallon was thrown out at third attempting to extend her hit.

Down 5-1, Southern Maine struck for two runs in the bottom half of the inning as sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Noble) stroked a two-out single up the middle to cut the deficit to 5-3. Crosman drove in freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) and senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy). Kelly led off the inning reaching safely after being hit by a pitch, while Duross took advantage of a KSC infield error.

Kelly, who entered the game in relief of USM starter Millett to start the sixth inning, retired the Owls in order to keep the game at 5-3 in favor of KSC. However, Crisp, who allowed seven hits through the first four innings, only allowed three more over the next three innings to secure the win. Millett took the loss allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Crisp allowed one earned run on 10 hits and three walks while striking out nine in the win.



Game Two: No. 2 Western Connecticut 7, No. 5 USM 3

Western Connecticut junior Michaela Roche (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Colonials to a 7-3 win over the Huskies in an elimination game. Roche was 2-for-4 at the plate as the Colonials combined for a 10-hit attack. Freshman Jenna Gaudioso (East Haven, Conn.) also stroked a home run to drive in two runs.

Western Connecticut struck first, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from senior Christine Bighinatti (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and the first of Roche’s two homeruns – a two-run blast over the right-center field wall. After a scoreless bottom of the first, USM clawed its way back into the game in the bottom of the second plating a pair of runs to trail 3-2. The Huskies’ Duross led off the inning with a sharply hit infield single, before junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) blasted a two-run home run of her own to right field. The home run was Caron’s third of the season and pulled USM to within a run of the Colonials.

The Colonials’ bats were up to the task however, as they answered right back with two runs in the top of the third on another two-run blast from Roche. The Colonials tacked on their sixth and seventh runs of the game in the top of the fourth as Gaudioso homered to left field driving in N. Woojkiewicz.

Southern Maine made it 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth plating a run on singles from freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) and Caron and an RBI single from Humphrey, but it was as close as they would get as Western Connecticut junior Emily Cintorino (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) did not allow a hit nor a runner to advance to second base in the final innings for the win.

Cintorino finished the game allowing two earned runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings. She struck out five. Millett was tagged with the loss allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. Kelly relieved Millett in the fourth and pitched the final 3.2 innings. She allowed two hits and a walk without a run.



2015 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament

MANSFIELD, Conn. (Eastern Connecticut) – Double Elimination



Day 1: Thursday, April 30

GM 1 - No. 1 Eastern Connecticut 9, No. 6 UMass Dartmouth 0 (6 inn.)

GM 2 - No. 5 Southern Maine 8, No. 2 Western Connecticut 7

GM 3 - No. 3 Keene State 4, No. 4 Plymouth State 0

GM 4 – No. 2 Western Connecticut 9, No. 6 UMass Dartmouth 0 (5 inn.)


Day 2: Friday, May 1

GM 5 – No. 1 Eastern Connecticut 12 vs. No. 4 Plymouth State, 10 (5 inn.)

GM 6 – No. 5 Southern Maine 3, No. 3 Keene State, 5

GM 7 - No. 2 Western Connecticut 7, No. 5 Southern Maine 3

GM 8 – No. 1 Eastern Connecticut 3, No. 3 Keene State 0



Day 3: Saturday, May 2

GM 9 – No. 3 Keene State vs. No. 2 Western Connecticut, 10 a.m.

GM 10 – No. 1 Eastern Connecticut vs. Winner Game 9, 12:00 p.m.

GM 11 – IF NECESSARY, 2 p.m.







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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 05, 2015 7:39 am

Southern Maine Named Second Seed for 2015 ECAC Division III New England Softball Championship

GORHAM, Maine - Coming off of its first Little East Conference tournament appearance since 2010, the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team is set to achieve another milestone earning its first post-season appearance since 2007 with its bid to the upcoming 2015 ECAC Division III New England Softball Championship.

With its 23-18 record, Southern Maine earned the second seed for the tournament and will have a first round bye. The Brandeis University Judges earned the tournament’s seed and will serve as the championship host Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10. The tournament is a six-team field with a single-elimination format in the first round and a double elimination tournament on Saturday and Sunday for teams that advance to weekend play. Both Brandeis and Southern Maine will enjoy the first round bye while awaiting their opponents. Southern Maine will face the winner of the no. 3 Albertus Magnus (24-13) vs. No. 6 Newbury (20-13) game, while Brandeis will face either no. 4 Suffolk (24-14) and no. 5 Becker College (20-14). Both first round game will be played on Wednesday.

Southern Maine is enjoying its best season in terms of wins since 2006 when the Huskies totaled 23 wins as part of a 23-21 overall record. Earning the fifth seed for the 2015 LEC tourney, Southern Maine upset second-seeded Western Connecticut in the opening round of the championship before dropping a pair of closely contested games in the second day. As a team, Southern Maine is hitting a solid .314 with 198 RBI.

A youthful squad, Southern Maine features a roster comprised of just two seniors and eight freshmen. Both the Huskies’ offense and pitching leaders are led by underclassmen. Freshman catcher Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) has put together a solid rookie campaign and leads her team in batting average (.423) collecting 58 hits in 137 at bats. Davis’ 37 RBI are presently third in single-season history. Freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) is second on the team in batting average hitting .373 with 50 hits in 134 at bats for 23 RBI, including a team-high 11 doubles.

Senior captain Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), a 2014 All-LEC outfielder, is hitting 368 in her final season for the Huskies, with 50 hits in 136 at bats. Duross, who has served as the Huskies’ captain for the last three seasons, is capping a fine four-year career and has six doubles, four triples and one home run to compliment her 34 RBI in 2015.

In the circle, Kelly and freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional) have turned in a bulk of the work. Millett has pitched 151.1 innings in her freshman season earning 12 wins. She has allowed 51 earned runs for a solid 2.36 earned run average and averages 4.58 strikeouts per game. Kelly, who starts in center field when not pitching, has fired 100.2 innings allowing 51 earned runs for a 3.55 earned run average. Picking up 10 wins as a freshman, Kelly averages 4.87 strikeouts per game.

Quarterfinals – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
No. 1 Brandeis University (17-14) – First Round bye
No. 2 University of Southern Maine (23-18) – First Round bye
No. 3 Albertus Magnus College (24-13) vs. No. 6 Newbury College (20-13) – TBD
No. 4 Suffolk University (24-14) vs. No. 5 Becker College (20-14) -TBD


Semifinals – Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Brandeis University
Game # 1 - No. 1 Brandeis vs. winner of No. 4 Suffolk/No. 5 Becker- 10:00 am
Game # 2 - No. 2 Southern Maine vs. winner of No. 3 Albertus Magnus/No. 6 Newbury College – 12:00 pm
Game # 3 - Loser of game 1 vs. loser of game 2 – 2:00 pm
Game # 4 - Winner of game 1 vs. winner of game 2 – 4:00 pm



Championship – Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Brandeis University
Game # 5 - Loser of game 4 vs. winner of game 3 – 11:00 am
Game # 6 - Winner of game 4 vs. winner of game 5 – 1:00 pm
Game # 7 - Winner of game 6 vs. loser of game 6 (if necessary) – 3:00 pm

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 05, 2015 4:32 pm

Duross and Davis Earn All-Little East Conference Honors

Coach Sarah Jamo Named LEC Coach of the Year; Davis Rookie of the Year

GORHAM, Maine – Senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team each were recognized for their outstanding play during the 2015 season with post-season accolades from the Little East Conference.

Duross is making her second appearance on the all-conference team earning first team honors as a senior after picking up second team accolades in 2014. Davis, selected to the All-LEC first team as a catcher, was also selected as the 2015 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year. Davis is the first USM student-athlete to earn conference rookie of the year honors since Magan Blais took the honor in 2007. In addition to the two Husky student-athletes, Southern Maine head coach Sarah Jamo was named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year. Jamo, in her third year at the charge of the Huskies, is earning LEC honors for the first time in her career.

“We had great contributions from all parts of our lineup this season and I am very happy for the recognition given to Kristen and Courtney,” said Jamo. “They are very deserving of their accolades and have each played a significant role in the development and success of our team.”

The Huskies’ starting left fielder, Duross has served as one of the Huskies’ captains for the last three seasons. In her final season, Duross is hitting a solid .368 with 50 hits in 136 at bats. Second on the team in RBI, Duross has six doubles, a team-leading four triples and a home run. Through 41 games in 2015, Duross has a career batting average of .311 with 142 hits, including 25 doubles, 10 triples and four home runs, adding 81 runs batting in. She has set career highs in hits, triples and RBI in a season as a senior. In USM career records, Duross is 11th in hits and doubles, tied for fifth in triples and tied for seventh in RBI.

“Kristen is a leader for us on and off of the field,” said Jamo. “She has worked tremendously hard to aid in the development of the team during her career and is exceptionally deserving of her award. She is a fantastic teammate and someone that our younger players can model themselves after. As a player, she has been a consistent hitter, and a strong presence in the outfield. She has repeatedly come up big for us throughout the season and has played a pivotal role in our success.”

The Huskies’ starting catcher, Davis has made a tremendous impact in her rookie season. Leading the Huskies offensively, Davis was 58-for-137 at the plate to hit a team-leading .423 with eight doubles, two triples and a team-leading four home runs. Davis’ 37 RBI lead both the Huskies and the Little East Conference and is presently third in the Huskies’ single-season record books, while her 58 hits are currently fourth in single-season records. Davis had 19 multiple hit games during the season and tied the Huskies’ single-game record for RBIs with six during a 3-for-4 effort in a 16-3 win at Bates (4/6/15). Defensively, Davis played and started in all 41 of the Huskies’ games. She has a .983 fielding percentage with 189 put outs and 36 assists. Davis has thrown out 11 runners during the season and helped the Huskies turn a pair of double plays.

“Courtney has had a tremendous season,” said Jamo. “She has been a leader on the field and has come out ready to play each game. She has been a difference maker in our offense and has a tremendous and has done a great job defensively, working with a young pitching staff. I am looking forward to seeing what she can achieve throughout her career.”

In her third season with the Huskies, Jamo has led USM to its first 20-win season in nearly a decade (23-19-1, 2006), its first appearance in the Little East Conference tournament since the 2010 season and its first appearance in a post-season tournament since 2006.

“I want to thank my coaching peers for the honor,” noted Jamo about her LEC Coach of the Year accolade. “I think this achievement reflect the hard work put in by our student-athletes as well as the tremendous efforts given by my assistant coaches. Coach Bob Grinnell has worked very hard over the past three seasons and has been an asset on the sidelines, while Coach Bonny Brown-Denico has continued to be a great support and resource.”

Southern Maine (23-18) is the second seed in the upcoming 2015 ECAC Division III New England Regional Championship. With its second seed, Southern Maine earns a first round bye and will play the winner of the No. 3 Albertus Magnus vs. No. 6 Newbury first round game, which will be held on Wednesday. Advancing teams will compete in a double-elimination tournament Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Brandeis is the top-seed in the field and also received a first round bye.


2015 Little East Conference Softball Major Award Winners

Co-Player of the Year
Alyssa Hancock, Eastern Connecticut
Nina Wojtkiewicz, Western Connecticut

Pitcher of the Year
Emily Cintorino, Western Connecticut

Rookie of the Year
Courtney Davis, Southern Maine

Coach of the Year
Sarah Jamo, Southern Maine
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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

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2015 ECAC Division III New England Softball Championship

Southern Maine 4, Albertus Magnus 1; Brandeis 8, Southern Maine 0 (5 inn)

WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) pitched a four-hit gem to lead the second-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 4-1 win over the third-seeded Albertus Magnus College Falcons in the second semifinal game of the 2015 ECAC Division III New England Softball Championship hosted at Brandeis University. Southern Maine advanced into the winner’s bracket with its 4-1 win over AMC. In their second game, the Huskies fell to the top-seeded Brandeis University Judges 8-0 in five innings.

With the split Southern Maine stands out 24-19 and will face AMC tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in an elimination game. The winner will advance to play Brandeis at 1:00 p.m. in the championship. Brandeis will need just one win to secure the title, while its opponent will have to secure to victories. Brandeis is 20-14, while AMC stands at 26-14. AMC stayed alive with a 2-1 win over Suffolk in an elimination game.

GAME ONE: Southern Maine 4, Albertus Magnus 1

After allowing a lead off home run, Kelly held the Falcons to just three more hits while fanning nine batters to lead her team to its first post-season tournament victory since its 2004 ECAC appearance and a 1-0 win over Coast Guard (May 8, 2004).

AMC’s Gillian Fortier spotted the Falcon’s a 1-0 lead in the first at bat of the game drilling her team-leading fifth home run of the season. AMC looked to have a big inning as its second hitter reached on an infield error and Carli Matrisian singled to center field, but Kelly settled in to get out of the inning with any further damage getting the third out on a strike out.

Southern Maine went down in order in its first at bats, before manufacturing a run in the bottom of the second to knot the game up at 1-1. With one down and a runner on, sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) singled and advanced to second on an error moving junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/Dominic’s) to third. Caron then came around to score on a fielder’s choice and an error on a grounder from sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood).

Kelly kept AMC off the scoreboard in the top of the third and the Huskies surged ahead 3-1 with a pair of runs. Kelly led off the inning with a double to center field and then took third on a wild pitch. AMC got the next batter out, but senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) capitalized for Huskies with the second homerun of the game connecting on her second home run of the season for the lead.

Southern Maine scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from LEC Rookie of the Year freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.). After an out, freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) smacked a double to center field. With another out, Davis stepped to the dish and collected her team-leading 38th RBI of the season. Davis is now tied for second in the USM single-season record with former Husky All-American Julie Plant.

With the 4-1 lead in hand, Kelly stayed in control allowing just two base runners (one by error) the rest of the way, while striking out the side in the sixth.


Game Two: Brandeis 8, Southern Maine 0 (5 innings)

Brandeis’ Nicole Cote allowed just two hits and struck out eight batters in a dominant performance to help lead the Judges to an 8-0 (5-inning) win over the Huskies. Cote received strong offensive support from Cori Colman was 1-for-2 at the plate with four RBI. Anya Kamber was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Amanda Shore was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Kamber and Coleman each had doubles.

Southern Maine’s sophomore Emily York (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonksee) and freshman Chantal Bisson (Lisbon, Maine) were responsible for both of the Huskies’ hits. Kelly, who earned the complete game win in game won, took the loss in game two. Kelly pitched three innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits. Cote picked up her second win of the day firing a five-inning shutout.

Quarterfinals – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
No. 1 Brandeis University (19-14) – First Round bye
No. 2 University of Southern Maine (23-18) – First Round bye
No. 3 Albertus Magnus College (25-13) vs. No. 6 Newbury College (20-14) – 7-4
No. 4 Suffolk University (25-14) vs. No. 5 Becker College (20-15) –Suffolk 3-2


Semifinals – Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Brandeis University
Game # 1 - No. 1 Brandeis (19-14) vs. winner of No. 4 Suffolk (25-16) – Brandeis – 10-5
Game # 2 - No. 2 Southern Maine (24-18) vs. winner of No. 3 Albertus Magnus (25-14) – USM 4-2
Game # 3 – No. 4 Suffolk (25-15) vs. No. 3 Albertus Magnus (26-14) – Albertus Magnus 2-1
Game # 4 – No. 1 Brandeis vs. No. 2 USM – 4:00 pm

Championship – Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Brandeis University
Game # 5 - No. 2 Southern Maine vs. No. 3 Albertus Magnus – 11:00 am
Game # 6 - Winner of game 4 vs. winner of game 5 – 1:00 pm
Game # 7 - Winner of game 6 vs. loser of game 6 (if necessary) – 3:00 pm

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 11, 2015 5:30 am

2015 ECAC Division III New England Softball Championship

Albertus Magnus Eliminates Southern Maine 5-4

WALTHAM, Mass. – The third-seeded Albertus Magnus College Falcons scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and then held off the second-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate USM from the 2015 ECAC Division III New England Softball Championship Sunday afternoon at Brandeis University.

With the loss, Southern Maine’s season comes to a conclusion at 24-20. Albertus Magnus improved to 27-14 with the win before falling to top-seeded Brandeis University 9-4 in the championship game to end its season at 27-15.

Southern Maine’s 24-20 record marks the program’s first winning record since the 2006 season when USM was 23-21. The Huskies’ 24 wins are the most since the 2004 seasons when they were 33-11-1, while their appearance in the post-season was also their first since the 2004 season.

Trailing 1-0 after the top of the first as AMC’s Alyssa Puccilli had an RBI single to plate the game’s first run, Southern Maine jumped ahead with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Amber Kelly doubled down the right field line to score classmate Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thorton Academy) to bring her team even with AMC, before junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s) drove in the go ahead run with an RBI single up the middle to score Kelly. Sophomore Samantha Crosman’s sacrifice fly to left field scored senior Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) for a 3-1 USM lead.

The score remained 3-1 in favor of the Huskies through three full innings, before AMC trimmed its deficit to just one run in the top of the fourth. PUccilli led off the inning with a single up the middle and then came around to score on a Huskies’ fielding error. Amanda Jessey had a bunt single that was misplayed and led to Puccilli crossing home plate.

Despite the miscue in the fourth, USM stayed in front of the Falcons and led until the top of the sixth when AMC scored three runs (all unearned) on one hit and three USM fielding errors. Kelly got Puccilli out swinging for the first out of the inning, before the first error of the inning allowed the game-tying runner Jessey on first. A sacrifice bunt moved Jessey to second and Daysia Wehder made it a 3-3 game with an RBI single through the left side to score Jessey unearned. Weheder’s single was misplayed in the outfield and allowed her to move to second on the play. AMC scored its final two runs on another outfield error by the Huskies for the 5-3 lead.

Southern Maine threatened in the bottom of the sixth with a lead off single from Caron but an infield pop up and an inning-ending double-play kept it 5-3 heading into the final inning of the game. Kelly pitched her way around a two-out single to keep the Falcons off of the scoreboard but the Huskies could generate just one run on an RBI single from freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) for the 5-4 final.

Kelly was the hard-luck loser for USM allowing five runs, all unearned, in the loss. She scattered eight hits over seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. AMC’s Megan Ferraro earned the win allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk in six innings. Samantha Maselli earned her third save of the season allowing one hit in one inning of work.



Notes: USM senior Kristen Duross ended her career with 145 hits, 82 runs, 25 doubles, 10 triple sand five home runs. In 156 games, Duross drove in a career 83 RBIs and had a .311 batting average in 466 career at bats. She is tied for fifth in career games played (156), at-bats (466) and triples, 10th in runs scored and hits, 11th in doubles, 13th in home runs and seventh in RBI.

Quarterfinals – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
No. 1 Brandeis University (19-14) – First Round bye
No. 2 University of Southern Maine (23-18) – First Round bye
No. 3 Albertus Magnus College (25-13) vs. No. 6 Newbury College (20-14) – 7-4
No. 4 Suffolk University (25-14) vs. No. 5 Becker College (20-15) –Suffolk 3-2


Semifinals – Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Brandeis University
Game # 1 - No. 1 Brandeis (19-14) vs. winner of No. 4 Suffolk (25-16) – Brandeis – 10-5
Game # 2 - No. 2 Southern Maine (24-18) vs. winner of No. 3 Albertus Magnus (25-14) – USM 4-2
Game # 3 – No. 4 Suffolk (25-15) vs. No. 3 Albertus Magnus (26-14) – Albertus Magnus 2-1
Game # 4 – No. 1 Brandeis vs. No. 2 USM – Brandeis 8-0 (5)


Championship – Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Brandeis University
Game # 5 – No. 2 USM vs. No. 3 Albertus Magnus – Albertus Magnus 5-4
Game # 6 – No. 1 Brandeis vs. No. 3 Albertus Magnus – Brandeis 9-4
Brandeis Wins 2015 ECAC DIII New England Championship

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Re: Softball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 12, 2015 3:27 am

Courtney Davis Earns Third Team All-Region From NFCA

GORHAM, Maine –Freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team has been named to the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Division III All-New England Region Third Team. Davis is the first University of Southern Maine softball player to earn all-region honors since her older sister Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass.) earned the accolade during her freshman year in 2010.

Davis’ all-region accolades are the latest for the Huskies’ freshman catcher who was also selected first team All-Little East Conference and named the 2015 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year after a standout season.

“Courtney made an immediate impact for us this season and has developed into an on-the-field leader,” said third-year head coach Sarah Jamo, the 2015 Little East Conference Coach of the Year. “She had a tremendous freshman season and I am excited to see her continue to grow and develop over her career. She is a fantastic defensive catcher and is an offensive leader. She plays with determination and with intelligence and I know that she is grateful for this accolade but will want to continue to do well for her team’s success.”

Davis was named the conference’s rookie of the week three times during the season and led the Huskies and the LEC in numerous statistical categories. Davis played and started all 44 games for the Huskies hitting a team-leading 418 with 61 hits, including eight doubles, two triples and four home runs. Davis’ 39 RBIs also led the Huskies and puts her second in single-season records for USM softball behind her sister’s record of 42 (2010). Davis had a .456 on-base percentage and a .582 slugging percentage. Defensively, Davis helped led the Huskies’ infield, making 206 put outs and 37 assists for a .984 fielding percentage. Exhibiting a strong arm in her rookie season, Davis caught twelve runners attempting stolen bases. In the LEC, Davis finished third in hits (61), first in RBI (39), third in total bases (85), sixth in batting average (.418), and first in runners caught stealing (12).

Southern Maine finished its 2015 season with a 24-20 record, marking the program’s first winning season since 2006 when the Huskies were 23-21. The Huskies’ 24 wins are the most since the 2004 season when they were 33-11-1, while their appearance in the 2015 ECAC Division III New England Championship Tournament marked their first post-season since the 2004 season.
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