Kissimmee, FL - The Husson University softball team won their third consecutive game in the Rebel Spring Games Tournament, beating the Jackets of Waynesburg University 3-2 on Thursday morning. The Eagles improve to 3-2 on the young season, while Waynesburg falls to 3-4 on the year.
The Eagles were fortunate to get another well rounded affair, with each of their seven hits coming from a different batter. Kelsey Livermore (Kennebunk, ME) was 1-1 with an RBI, getting the stat at third before coming out due to injury in the first. Nicole Sargent (Sullivan, ME) provided Husson's other RBI while going 1-3 at the dish. The Eagles runs were scored by Courtney Hill (Calais, ME), Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) and Heidi Shaw (Manchester, ME). In the circle, sophomore Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) evened her overall record at 1-1, going the distance, scattering 10 hits while walking three and striking out one.
For the Jackets, first year first baseman Hayley Payne (Boonsboro, MD) supplied the offesne, going 2-4 at the plate with 2 RBI, while Jasmine Blackwell (Moon Township, PA) went 2-4 as well with a run scored out of her lead-off spot. Madison Presto (Center Township, PA) reached base three times in four at bats going 1-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored. First year pitcher Jenn Lingg (Endicott City, MD) picked up her first loss of the season despite throwing a complete game, allowing two earned off seven hits and a walk while striking out four.
Husson started the scoring early in the bottom of the first when Hill led things off with a single, and moved to second on a sac-bunt. Lona Sargent laid one down as well, moving Hill to third, but she beat out the throw putting runners on the corners for Livermore who came through with the RBI single. Livermore was shaken up on the play and that was the end of her morning. Nicole Sargent came to the plate with runners still at the corners and she did her best Livermore impression, belting an RBI single of her own to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage. Husson would load the bases later in the inning, but weren't able to tack on any more runs.
Waynesburg appeared to be poised to answer in the top of the third, when back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Ryan rolled three consecutive groundballs (5-3, 6-2, 5-3) to get out of the jam and keep the Eagles ahead 2-0.
The Jackets would eventually put one on the board in the top of the 5th inning when, Presto drew a one out walk, and moved to second on a Rachel Moon (Brea, CA) single. After Ryan delt her only strikeout of the game at a critical moment, Payne stepped up with two on and two out and popped a single into the outfield. Presto came all the way around from second to score, and that cut the defecit to 1.
Both teams teams went down in order in the bottom of the 5th and top of the 6th, but the Eagles would add one more for insurance in the bottom of the 6th inning. Heidi Shaw (Manchester, ME) beat out a single with two outs in the inning, bringing Chelsea Brennan (Woonsocket, RI) to bat, she would single to left sending Shaw in motion and she would score from first after a Jacket error to make it 3-2 going into the last inning.
With the game on the line, Blackwell doubled to lead off the 7th inning. Two outs were made behind her, but she would get to third on a Samantha Volponi (Slippery Rock, PA) sing, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in Payne. She would single home Blackwell for the Jackets' second run, but there was still more work to be done to catch Husson. Waynesburg made it interesting, loading the bases after a Jessica Gavin (Youngstown, OH) walk, but Ryan got the ground ball she needed to finish the game and earn the win by a score of 3-2.
Husson will take a break for lunch before coming back to play Thomas More at 1:00 pm. The Jackets will take on Albion at 1:00 pm as well.