Panama City, FL - The Husson University softball team (3-5) continued their spring break trip down south on Tuesday as they began competition in the Orange Blossom Games. On their first day of competition in Florida, the Eagles dropped a 5-1 game to Messiah (6-4) before beating Claflin (10-4) 9-0.
Game 1 vs. Messiah (Pennsylvania)
Deb Colpitts (Levant, ME), Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME), and Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) all pitched for the Eagles, with Colpitts going 5.1 innings and facing 27 batters. Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) scored the lone run for the Eagles in the third inning. Messiah scored one run in both the second and third innings and three in the seventh to secure the win. First year Claressa Mees pitched the entire game for Messiah, and five different players scored in the win.
Game 2 vs. Claflin (South Carolina)
Husson finished the first day of the Orange Blossom Games with a decisive win over Claflin University. McCarty pitched six innings for the Eagles and faced 25 batters, while Ryan pitched one inning and faced three batters. After a scoreless first inning, Husson opened up the second inning with four runs from McCarty, Victoria Overlock (Belfast, ME), Haley Spiers (Rochester, NY), and Courtney Hill. Husson added one more run in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh inning to close out the game. Lyndsey Merrill (Bethel, ME) had a game-high two hits for Husson. Elanna Worthy pitched the entire game for Claflin, and Airielle Hayes got two hits in three at-bats.
Husson will be back in action on Wednesday to wrap up their trip with games against Messiah and Kellogg at 12 and 2 PM.