Softball 2015: Husson University

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:22 am

Softball Concludes Regular Season with Split Against Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine – After earning a 12-11 extra-innings win over Bowdoin in the opening game, the Eagles dropped shortened nightcap 5-3 to split Tuesday's doubleheader.

The Eagles (23-11) and Polar Bears (27-13) both conclude their regular season with the day's split.

Game One Recap – Husson 12, Bowdoin 11

Despite outhitting the Eagles 22-16, Bowdoin was unable to come away with a win in game one after ten innings of play. Husson put five runs on the board in the opening four innings before Bowdoin would answer in the bottom half of the fourth.

Deb Colpitts got the Husson offense started with an RBI single in the first inning and Nicole Andrade double the Eagles' lead in the second by driving in another run. Casey Lopes tallied a two-run double in the third and Chelsea Brennan homered in the fourth as Husson scored a run in each of the game's first four innings.

Bowdoin's bats came alive in the fourth and fifth innings as Victoria Rusch got the Polar Bears started with an RBI double and Natalie Edwards singled to right center, scoring Jordan Gowdy. The Polar Bears took their first lead of the game in the fifth as Gowdy drove in a run and Rusch tallied two more RBI off a single. Adriane Krul scored Rusch with another base hit while Marisa O'Toole tallied her first RBI of the game driving in Krul. Trailing 8-5 in the top of the sixth, Husson put runs on the board in the following two innings to knot the game at 8-8. Andrade scored the team's sixth run after tagging up on a caught foul ball. Chelsea Brennan drove in the two tying runs in with a bases clearing single.

Both team's traded runs in the eighth inning, scoring one each, and again in the ninth as Sami Schultz and Haley Spiers drove in runs for Husson and Cielle Collins and Emily Griffin tallied RBI for Bowdoin. Allie Hill's bunt in the tenth was enough to score Andrade and win the game.

Griffin went 6.1 innings for Bowdoin with two strikeouts and five walks. Julia Geaumont came in to pitch the final innings notching as many strikeouts with three hits allowed. Kayla Merrill started in the circle for Husson going four innings with two K's and three earned runs. Colpits came in, allowing five runs with one strikeout, before Alannah Healy closed out the game by fanning two and allowing eight hits.

Game Two Recap – Bowdoin 5, Husson 3

Both pitchers who appeared in the final innings of game one remained in the circle for game two, with opposite results. Geaumont went six innings with three strikeouts to earn the win while Healy tallied one strikeout with five earned runs. The Eagles managed eight hits off Geaumont, as opposed to Bowdoin's seven, but the Polar Bears would come out ahead after a pivotal two-run fifth.

After both teams were retired in order to begin the first two innings, Husson put three runs up in the top of the third. Brennan got the Eagles on the board with an RBI double. Andrade added to the score by driving in Brennan from third, and Lyndsy Merrill tagged an RBI double to give Husson the 3-0 lead. Bowdoin responded in the bottom of the inning as Collins drove in Nicole Nelson and O'Toole tallied two more RBI with a double.

Bowdoin broke the deadlock in the fifth as Siena Mitman cleared the left field fence for her first homerun of the season. O'Toole drove in one more run with a single to put the Polar Bears ahead by two. With darkness descending over Pickard Field, the umpires decided the sixth inning would mark the day's final at-bats. With Husson unable to respond in the top half of the inning, Bowdoin came away with the 5-3 victory.
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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 9:17 am

Schultz's 3-run homerun leads Husson to victory over Terriers to advance in NAC Tournament

CASTLETON, Vt. – No. 3 seed Thomas struck first but second-seeded Husson took back the lead on a Sami Schultz home run to earn a 3-1 victory over the Terriers in the second game of the NAC Tournament.

Husson starter Kayla Merrill allowed just four hits all afternoon in securing her 13th win of the year. She did give up a solo home run but struck out four. Schultz went yard and Casey Lopes finished 3-for-4 to pace the offense.

For Thomas, Sonja Morse was saddled with the loss as she gave up nine hits and three earned runs in 6.0 innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Taylor M Johnson finished with two of the team's four hits.

The Terriers opened the scoring in the top of the first as Alyssa Eugley hit a solo home run over the fence in left field for the 1-0 lead.

Morse kept Husson off the board until the bottom of the third. Lyndsay Merrill singled with one out and Casey Lopes followed with a double down the left field line. Following a foul out, Sami Schultz launched a ball over the left field fence to put the Eagles in front 3-1. Morse then gave up consecutive singles before a strikeout ended the frame.

Thomas threatened in the bottom of the sixth as Brianna Warren ripped a one-out double off the base and down the left field line. However, K. Merrill induced back-to-back pop-ups to get out of the inning. She then took care of the Terriers in the seventh to secure the win.

K. Merrill singled in the bottom of the sixth to extend her hitting streak to 17 games. She is one hit shy of tying the school record for the longest hitting streak.

With the win the Eagles approve to 24-11 on the season and will face New England College in a winner's bracket game at 4:15 pm today. The Terriers fell to 14-22 and will face Castleton in a loser's bracket game.
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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 9:18 am

Eagles advance to their 7th Straight NAC Championship Game with Victory over Pilgrims, 9-0

CASTLETON, Vt. – Husson captured its second win in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament this afternoon with a 9-0 victory over the New England College Pilgrims at Spartan Field to advance to their 7th straight championship game. The Eagles approve to 25-11 overall and the Pilgrams fell to 18-16.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 25-11 on the season and will square off with the winner of game five (Thomas vs. New England College) at 2 pm tomorrow. The Pilgrims, meanwhile, fall to 18-16 with the loss and will now​ face Thomas in an elimination game tomorrow at noon.

Kayla Merrill turned in a fantastic start in game four, throwing four innings of shutout baseball with two strikeouts to notch her 14th win of the season. Her counterpart, Debra Mazzeo, suffered her eighth loss of the year after allowing nine runs (seven earned) in six innings of work.

Sami Schultz went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs to lead a Husson squad that collected 13 hits. Casey Lopes added two hits and two RBIs of her own, while Chelsea Brennan notched her fourth home run of the season. For the Pilgrims, Kiley Williams recorded their lone hit of the ballgame with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first.

After four innings of shutout softball, Husson ended the drought with seven runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-0 lead. With one on and one out, Allison Hill hit an RBI double to left field to plate the first runner of the game. Lyndsay Merrill followed with a single to center before Lopes sent a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield to push another Eagle run across.

Two batters later, Sami Schultz ripped a two-run double down the left field line, and Chelsea Brennan capped off the scoring in the fifth with a three-run shot that stayed just inside the left field foul pole to put Husson ahead by seven.

The Eagles added two more runs in the top of the sixth thanks to RBI singles from Haley Spiers and Lopes, as Alannah Healy tossed three innings of scoreless relief to secure the shutout with a 9-0 decision.

With the win, Husson forces the Pilgrims into an elimination game with Thomas tomorrow morning and the winner of that contest has to defeat the Eagles twice for NAC title.
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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 03, 2015 3:39 am

Eagles' Walk-off with 7th Straight NAC Softball Championship

CASTLETON, Vt. – With two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Haley Spiers came up big for Husson with a walk-off single through the left side of the infield to secure the Eagles' seventh straight North Atlantic Conference Championship with a 1-0 victory over Thomas on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Field.

Husson was perfect in the tournament this season, as it knocked off the Terriers twice and New England College to improve to 26-11 overall and clinch an automatic berth in the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament. Thomas, meanwhile, went 2-2 this weekend and finishes its season at 16-23 overall in the losing effort.

Neither team was able to really get their bats going, as the squads combined to produce just nine hits, with four of them coming in the last half inning of play. Sami Schultz led Husson with two hits on the day while Sonja Morse, Taylor M. Johnson and Korrie Laren recorded one hit apiece for the Terriers.

In the circle, Kayla Merrill improved to 15-4 on the season after tossing a complete game shutout for Husson. Her counterpart, Morse, was just as impressive with 6.2 innings of one-run softball in the losing effort.

After six innings of scoreless softball, the Eagle bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Casey Lopes and Deb Colpitts hit back-to-back singles to put two on for Schultz, and the junior came through with a single through the left side of the infield that seemingly was going to plate the game-winning run. However, Thomas' Brianna Warren nailed the runner at the plate with a line drive throw from left to maintain the scoreless affair.

Morse needed one more out to get Thomas out of the jam, but Husson wouldn't give in, and with runners on second and third and two outs, Spiers lined the ball through the left side of the infield to plate Debbie Wright and hand the second-seeded Eagles the 2015 NAC Championship.
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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed May 06, 2015 5:14 am

Husson softball coach guides team to title one week after childbirth

Husson University senior pitcher Kayla Merrill and her teammates didn’t expect to see interim head coach Terren Hall join them for a doubleheader against Bowdoin College last Tuesday, April 28. That’s because Hall had given birth to her first child, Ethan Allen, just three days earlier. “We were surprised. We …

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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 08, 2015 6:14 am

College softball: Sister Act II - Merrill sisters of Telstar High School keep on playing at Husson University

...The Merrills were an offensive force for Husson (26-11) this season. Kayla, who has been the NAC Player of the Year for two straight years, led the team with a .437 batting average while driving in 18 runs with three homers. She scored 35 runs and had 52 hits. She also went 15-4 in 18 starts and had an ERA of just 1.38. She led or tied for the lead in the NAC in four offensive categories.

Lyndsay, a sports management major, batted .407 and scored 27 runs with 46 hits. She drove in 20 runs and had one homer.

"This year has definitely been the best for Kayla and I and as far as the team, it's been our best year together as a team," Lyndsay said. "Everyone on the team has the utmost confidence this year going down there. We're ready to win and bring home a regional trophy and then move on to the Super Regionals."

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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 10, 2015 5:23 am

Husson softball advances to NCAA regional championship

NORTON, Massachusetts — The Husson University softball team defeated Johnson & Wales 3-0 in game five of the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament (Norton Regional) on Saturday afternoon at Clark Field on the campus of Wheaton College to claim the program’s first spot in a regional championship game. Husson (28-12) …

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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 10, 2015 6:30 am

Husson Softball Claims Spot in Program's First Regional Championship Game with 3-0 win over Johnson & Wales

NORTON, Mass. – The Husson University softball team defeated Johnson & Wales, 3-0, in game five of the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament (Norton Regional) on Saturday afternoon at Clark Field on the campus of Wheaton College to claim the program's first spot in a regional championship game.

Husson (28-12) will take on host Wheaton College tomorrow morning at 12 p.m. in game six of the regional tournament and must defeat the Lyons twice to claim the regional title. Johnson & Wales sees its season come to a close with an overall record of 22-16 after winning its first NCAA Softball Tournament game earlier this afternoon against Eastern Connecticut State University, 6-3.

Eagles' pitcher Kayla Merrill improved to 17-5 this spring with a complete game two-hit shutout. K. Merrill struck out eight batters in the effort. Jennifer Corona shouldered the loss for the Wildcats on 2 1/3 innings in the circle allowing five hits two runs (one earned) alongside two strikeouts.

K. Merrill took a perfect game into the bottom of the sixth before freshman Noelle Weiss, in as a relief pitcher, knocked a triple down the right field line. The following at-bat she was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to second, securing the shutout for the Eagles.

Husson scored one run in the second, third and fourth innings en route to the 3-0 win. In the second, Sami Schultz singled and moved to third on back-to-back wild pitches before crossing the plate on a single by Haley Spiers.

Lyndsay Merrill (Bethel, Maine) knocked in the games second run on a single in the third before she grabbed another RBI in the bottom of the fourth to end the scoring for the day.

In the final inning, JWU sent the game-tying run to the plate after a two-out single by Emily Gorecki and Diana Amendolara was hit by a pitch, but K. Merrill worked a 2-2 strikeout to end the game.
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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 11, 2015 5:51 am

Husson Softball ends Season as Norton Regional Runner-Up

NORTON, Mass. – Behind a 15-hit barrage, the Wheaton College softball team claimed a 13-2, five-inning victory over Husson University on Sunday afternoon at Clark Field to capture the 2015 NCAA Division III Softball Norton Regional Championship.

Wheaton (33-8) will now play the winner of Kean University/William Patterson University in a best two out of three series in the NCAA Super Regional next weekend (May 15-16). The site of the NCAA Super Regional has not been announced at this time.

Husson's season comes to a close at 28-13 overall. The Eagles made their seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend.

Senior starter Emily Berardi picked up her second win of the regional and 16th on the season yielding two runs and four hits over three innings pitched. Classmate Noelle Christmas closed out the final two frames allowing one hit, and a walk alongside a game-high four strikeouts.

Husson senior Kayla Merrill took the loss (17-6) on five innings pitched, ten hits, eight runs (all earned) and two strikeouts, with the two strikeouts today she tied the school's NCAA record for most strikeouts in one season with 114. K. Merrill will finish her career at Husson with a career batting average of .378 (5th All-Time) on 151 hits (8th All-Time), while also compiling a .441 on base percentage (10th All-Time), slugging .563 (9th All-Time) and a fielding percentage of .955 (26th All-Time). She scored 118 runs (t-5th All-Time), earned 90 RBI (t-6th All-Time), tagged 13 home runs (t-2nd All-Time), and hit 19 doubles (19th All-Time), 8 triples (t-5th All-Time), stole 32 bases (12th All-Time), only getting caught 6 times and recorded 225 total bases (6th All-Time). As a pitcher she posted a career record of 39 wins (2nd All-Time) and 11 loses with 3 saves (1st All-Time), appeared in 68 games (5th All-Time) with 47 game starts (6th All-Time) with 33 completed games (4th All-Time) and 12 shutouts (2nd All-Time) in 332.1 innings (3rd All-Time). She strikeout 244 batters (3rd All-Time) and allowed 96 earned runs for a 2.02 career era, the lowest in program history. K. Merrill held her opponents to a batting avg. of .250 (8th All-Time) and only allowed 0.97 walks per 7 innings which ranks her 2nd all-time.

The Lyons, who were the visiting team in today's contest, posted three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.

Berardi pushed across the first run of the game with a fielder's choice RBI, while sophomore Caroline Fairbanks delivered a run-producing single through the left side of the infield to make it 2-0. Junior Kelly Welch capped the scoring in the frame with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Junior Madeline Hatch jump started the offense with a one out single to left field prior to sophomore Morgan Walsh's hard-hit double to the left center gap that set up the eventual big inning for the Lyons.

Husson cut into its deficit in the bottom of the first when K. Merrill scored on a wild pitch from third base. K. Merrill led off the frame with a double to left center and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt to first base by first-year Gabrielle Bryant before coming home.

Later in the inning, sophomore Casey Lopes drilled a two-out double to left center, but Berardi settled in and induced a fly out to center field to keep Wheaton's advantage at two runs (3-1).

Wheaton responded with five runs in the second and third innings, respectively, to wrap up the win.

In the second, Walsh highlighted the frame with a two-run double to left center, while Fairbanks and sophomore both collected one RBI each.

In the third, Hatch launched a two-run home run to deep right center, her fourth round-tripper of the season, to extend the gap on the scoreboard to 10-1 and put the mercy rule in effect.

Welch followed with an RBI double later in the frame, while Bouthillette smacked a two-run double down the left field line for a 13-1 advantage.

Lopes got a run back for Husson in the third with a two-out single up the middle that plated junior Lyndsay Merrill.

Berardi proceeded to induce a ground out (1-3) in the next at-bat to end the threat.

Christmas then cruised through the final two innings for the Lyons recording four strikeouts along the way.

Hatch finished the game going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, one home run and two RBI. Junior Emma Hart was 2-for-4 with two runs from the leadoff spot, while Walsh went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI from the third spot to highlight the offense.

Lopes notched a 3-for-3 day at the plate with one RBI for the Eagles in the cleanup spot.

Norton Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Players
Madeline Hatch, Wheaton College (Mass.)
Emily Berardi, Wheaton College (Mass.)

Norton Regional All-Tournament Team
Sam Rosetti, Eastern Connecticut State University
Jennifer Corona, Johnson & Wales University
Kristen Solari, Johnson & Wales University
Casey Lopes, Husson University
Kayla Merrill, Husson University
Lyndsay Merrill, Husson University
Noelle Christmas, Wheaton College (Mass.)
Emma Hart, Wheaton College (Mass.)

Hatch hit .700 (7-for-10) in the tournament to go along with six runs, one double, one home run and two RBI, while Berardi went 2-0 in the circle over ten innings pitched and accumulated 11 strikeouts. Berardi also went 5-for-9 (.556) at the plate with one double, one home run, and six RBI.
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Re: Softball 2015: Husson University

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 19, 2015 5:52 am

Husson names its 13th head softball coach

Terren Hall was named Husson University’s head softball coach Monday after serving this past season as interim coach and leading the team to a berth in the NCAA Division III tourney.

“We are pleased to remove the interim tag from Terren’s title. She accomplished all of the achievements we expect from our softball program at Husson,” Husson Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi said in a news release. “We look forward to continued success under her leadership.”

Hall, a former University of Maine standout, guided the Eagles of Bangor to a 28-13 record and seventh straight North Atlantic Conference title. The Eagles went on to play in the NCAA regional championship round for the first time.

“I am deeply honored to be Husson University’s new head softball coach and continue to build on the success and traditions of the program,” said Hall, the 13th head coach of the program.

“I am very thankful that the search committee has given me this great opportunity to be a part of the Husson athletics family, and I look forward to getting started,” she added.

Hall also will serve as the department’s director of NCAA compliance.

Hall, who is a Bucksport native, replaced Kristie Hawkins, who left Husson in December after one season to accept a job outside collegiate athletics.

At UMaine, Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and physical education with a minor in business administration. The third baseman was a two-time America East All-Conference pick

She set UMaine records for home runs by a freshman (9), RBIs in a season (53), career home runs (35), career doubles (43) and consecutive games played (204).
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