HENNIKER, N.H. – Husson University softball team would take two games over the New England College Pilgrims Sunday afternoon winning game one 7-1 and taking game two 14-3 in five innings. With the win the Eagles improve to 17-9 overall and 6-2 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play. The losses drop the Pilgrims to 15-12 on the season and 4-3 in the NAC.
In game one the Eagles would start the scoring in the top half of the first as Kayla Merrill would open the game with a single to center field, Casey Lopes would reach on a walk and Deb Colpitts would slam a two-out three run homerun over the right center field fence.
The Eagles would add a single run in the third as Allie Hill would open the inning with a solo home run to left center field and get two runs in the fourth highlighted by a double off the bat of Nicole Andrade and a two-run single by Kayla Merrill.
The Pilgrims would get on the board in the fourth inning as Rebecca Allen would open with a double to left field and eventually come around to score.
Husson would tack on a final score in the fifth inning and hold NEC off the scoreboard the final three innings eventually capturing the 7-1 victory.
Husson's Kayla Merrill finished game one 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in. In addition to her work at the plate Kayla Merrill picked up the complete game victory on the mound allowing one earned run and striking out three to earn her 200th career strikeout.
NEC's Brittany Disante finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate, while Colleen Holt and Kiley Williams each singled twice for the Pilgrims.
In game two the Eagles would strike in the first inning again as Lyndsay Merrill would hit a two-out single, advance to second as Casey Lopes would be hit by a pitch and score on a single up the middle by Deb Colpitts.
NEC would grab their first lead of the day in the home half of the first inning as Kiley Williams would reach on an infield error, score on a single by Maranda Johnson. Johnson would then come around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rebecca Allen.
The lead would not last at the Eagles would put up 12 runs in the third inning, highlighted by Sami Schultz who had a two run homerun and drove in two runs with a single all in the same inning. Husson would add on one more run in the fifth inning as Kayla Merrill would hit a solo homerun over the left field fence.
NEC would muster a run in the home half of the fifth inning but it would not be enough as the game would end 14-3 after five innings.
Husson's Schultz finished with two hits and drove in four runs in game two, while Kayla Merrill finished with two hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in.
NEC's Maranda Johnson drove in NEC's lone run and Kiley Williams singled and scored.
NEC returns to action on Thursday, April 23 when they host conference foe Castleton State College. Husson will hit the diamond again on Tuesday, April 21 when they host non conference opponent Maine Presque Isle