MINNEOLA and CLERMONT, Fla. - The Husson Eagles (1-1) earned a seven-run victory against the Sage Gators (0-3), in game one of their season opening doubleheader. After a huge sixth inning crunch-time rally, the Husson softball team evened the score at threes before falling behind, 4-3, to Washington & Jefferson College (1-0) in the second game of opening day of the HU 2019 season.
GAME ONE - Husson 8, The Sage Colleges 1
Arika Brochu guided the Eagles to victory with an impressive complete game performance in which she only allowed one unearned run. Junior first baseman Morgan Coleman led the way offensively with three doubles, and four total RBI, to become just the fifth Eagle to hit three or more doubles in a single game in program history.
The Eagles wasted no time getting the offense going, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Husson scored their first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Madelyn Fowler, scoring Bri Brochu who doubled earlier in the inning. Coleman then hit her first double of the game, scoring Chloe Gorey, who reached base beating out the throw on a bunt, to help push the Husson lead up to 2-0. Coleman then scored a batter later, after a double by Olivia Smith, making the Eagle lead 3-0.
Sage scored their only run of the contest in the third inning, after back-to-back hits and a Husson throwing error, but the Eagles responded right away, scoring three more runs in the latter half of the inning to maintain a five-run lead. Coleman once again stepped up big offensively with her second double of the game, sending both Gorey and Fowler home. After three innings, Husson held a comfortable, 6-1 lead.
From here, A. Brochu absolutely dominated. She allowed only four hits over the remaining four innings in the game, including five strikeouts. Sage was unable to produce any more offense, as A. Brochu limited the Gators to only one unearned run in the entire game. Following an RBI single by Whitney Bess in the fifth inning, and yet another RBI double for Coleman in the sixth, the Eagles would cruise to an 8-1 victory, starting the season out the right way.
Arika Brochu was dominant on the mound, throwing a complete game and only allowing one, unearned run. The senior only walked two and struck out six batters.
Morgan Coleman led the Eagles offensively with three doubles, and four total RBI. She also scored two runs in a solid effort.
Chloe Gorey had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs in a winning Eagle effort.
Lisa Kentrits had a solid day at the plate, contributing two hits in the effort for the Gators.
Taylor Dicranian also had two hits for Sage, and scored the only Gator run of the game.
Katerina Lagace had a solid performance in relief, throwing four innings and only allowing two runs. She also struck out two.
GAME TWO - W&J 4, Husson 3
The Eagles scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by Olivia Smith, which sent Bri Brochu sprinting home after singling earlier in the inning. However, Washington & Jefferson wasted no time retaliating, scoring two of their own in the home half of the first inning, and claiming a one-run lead, 2-1.
The Husson bats remained quiet for the next four innings. The Presidents added another run in the fourth inning, stretching their lead out, 3-1. The Eagles were finally able to push runs across in the sixth, and tied the game, 3-3. Jen Jones doubled to score both Kylie Kennedy and Olivia Smith.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Washington & Jefferson scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, as Husson would lose in heart-breaking fashion. The Eagles dropped their second game of the season, with the final score, 4-3.
Jen Jones went 6.2 innings, striking out eight batters. She was also productive at the plate for Husson, with three total hits and two RBI.
Bri/ Brochu added to the effort, with one hit and an RBI.
Olivia Smith had an RBI hit for the Eagles, while also scoring a run.
WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON HIGHLIGHTS:
Kristen Fuertes was dominant on the mound, throwing a complete game and only allowing one earned run. She also contributed at the plate, batting 2-4 with one RBI.
Laura Ryder added one hit and two RBI in the winning effort for Washington & Jefferson.
Rachel Johnson provided a hit, a run scored, an RBI and three walks in an eventful performance.
Day two of the Eagles' schedule on March 10th, features another doubleheader, with the first game against Kean at 12:00 p.m., and the second against Marietta at 2:15 p.m. Games will take place at Fortune Road fields.