CASTLETON, VT – Junior shortstop Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford, ME) and first year designated player/pitcher Kelly Naegelin (Cohasset, MA) combined for nine RBI's in game one and senior left fielder Dorothy Cameron (So. Plainfield, NJ) drove in the eventual-game winning run with a sacrifice fly in game two as Husson University swept Castleton, by scores of 11-0 and 1-0, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) doubleheader action on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles improve to 7-10 overall on the season and 2-0 in the NAC. The Spartans fall to 8-10 (2-2).
In game one, Kody Lyon (Dalton, NH) earned the victory tossing four scoreless innings allowing just two hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Emily Sweeney (Weare, NH) was dealt the loss going all five innings giving up 11 runs (all earned) on 11 hits with two walks and two punchouts. Naeglin pitched a scoreless fifth inning with one hit while striking out the side.
Husson opened up the scoring in the top of the first as Brianna Webster (Belfast, ME) singled up the middle with one out. After Webster reached second base on a wild pitch from Sweeney, Mortenson walked and Naegelin followed with a three-run homer to left center field for a 3-0 advantage.
The Eagles tacked on four more runs in the next frame with Mortensen adding a two-run double and Naegelin collecting a RBI with a single to left field. In the fourth, Husson piled on four more runs as Mortensen laced a two-run single to right field, Naegelin lined a double to right center plating one run and junior catcher Sarah Risser (Brewer, ME) punched a RBI single to center to cap the scoring at 11-0.
Megan Blongy (Rutland, VT) had Castleton's only multi-hit game in the first half of the twinbill with two bunt singles going 2-for-3 at the plate from the leadoff spot.
In game two, Lyon notched her second win of the afternoon in a relief effort completing the last two innings allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Taylor Lively (Greenfield, MA) went the distance for the Spartans in the loss yielding just three hits, one run (unearned) and five punchouts. Naeglin started for the Eagles going two innings, one hit, one walk and two strikeouts while Rebecca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) went four innings on two hits, one walk and two punchouts.
Tied 0-0 in the fifth inning with a man on first base, Husson almost got on the scoreboard as sophomore second baseman Kara Poirier (Berlin, NH) reached first base on a fielding error by Castleton third baseman Shannon Jipner (Bristol, VT). With the ball in right field, pinch runner Kristen Sousa (Detroit, ME) hustled around the bases and looked to score but was gunned down at home 9-1-5-2 to keep it even.
In the eighth, the Eagles played small ball to perfection advancing Risser from second base on a sac bunt from Poirier and Cameron followed with a sac fly. In the bottom half of the inning with one out, Caylee Fleury (Barre, VT) singled to left field to put runners at the corners.
After Blongy was intentionally walked, Tori Fearon (Colchester, CT) struck out swinging and Mercedes Maltbie (Warrensburg, NY) followed with a strikeout looking to end the game
The Eagles return to the diamond tomorrow, continuing their Vermont road swing, heading to Green Mountain for a double header with the first game slated to start at 1:00 pm. Castleton returns to action tomorrow at home in NAC play against Maine Maritime at 12 pm.