Auburndale, FL – The Husson University softball team saw their first regular season action of the 2014 season in Florida at the Rebel Spring Games. The Eagles fell to Illinois Wesleyan, 7-0 in the first game of the day, but bounced back against Albion taking the 6-5 victory in 8 innings.
Game 1: Illinois Wesleyan 7 – Husson 0
Illinois Wesleyan picked up two early inning runs, three runs in the 5th, and two runs in the 6th to shut out the Eagles.
Game 2: Husson 6 – Albion 5
Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) threw 8 strong innings, facing 33 batters, striking out 6, allowing 5 runs, and walking one. The Britons saw a combined effort from Lauren Oppliger (5 innings and 28 innings) and Monica Brugnoni (3 innings, 14 batters, and the loss).
K. Merrill also batted in the first run for the Eagles in the top of the second, on a single up the middle, bringing in Sarah Babin (Brewer, ME) to put Husson up 1-0.
Albion picked up a lone run in the bottom of the 2nd to make it 1-1.
Casey Lopes (New Bedford, MA) grounded out in the top of the third, allowing Lyndsey Merrill (Bethel, ME) to score, making it 2-1 Eagles. Jess Poulin (Albion, ME) singled to center field in the top of the fourth to extend the Husson lead to 4-1, scoring Lopes and Allie Hill (Calais, ME).
Erica Wagner hit a sacrifice fly to bring in a run for Albion, closing the Husson lead to 4-2.
Husson's Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) singled to third base in the top of the 7th to bring in Babin, extending the lead to 5-2.
The Britons scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 5-5, but Sami Schultz (Hermon, ME) singled to left field, scoring Spiers, making it 6-5 in the top of the 8th.
K. Merrill struck out one batter, while getting the other 2 outs on ground outs to solidify the victory for the Eagles.
The Eagles (1-1) will face Wheaton at 1:00 PM tomorrow and Geneva at 5:30 PM.