KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Husson University softball team (1-3) opened up their second day of spring break going into extra innings against Kean University (7-1) before falling 2-1. The Eagles saw yet another one-point game in the afternoon as they battled back-and-forth with Marietta College (2-0) with a tie advancing into the 7th inning before the Pioneers took the Eagles, 12-11.
GAME 1: KEAN UNIVERSITY 2, HUSSON 1
After a quick 1-2-3 inning for the Cougars in the third, Kean capitalized on their first hit of the game taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Maddie Carlson drove in pinch runner Tatiana Yourstone. Yourstone stepped in to run for starting pitcher Jaqueline Riley who walked to get on base.
After the Eagles leveled up everything at 1-1 in the fifth, the game would remain scoreless into the eighth. Tamara Aunchman drove a single right up the middle of the infield to get on base as pinch runner Katie Windsor took over base running. A single from Jen Jones pushed Windsor along to second followed by Arika Brochu taking one for the team with a sacrifice bunt to send get the freshman to third. A Bri Brochu hit to left drove in Windsor for the tied game.
Carlson would drive in the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly that brought home Taryn DiGiacomo in extra innings to break the tie.
Arika Brochu pitched her second game of the week throwing six innings with 27 batters faced and Jones closed out the final two innings as both Eagles gave up a run. Jones threw in three K's while A. Brochu sent two batters back to the dugout.
DiGiacomo made a relief appearance and was credited with the win in the circle after striking out three batters and only allowing one hit in 3.2 innings pitched. Riley added on three outs from the circle.
GAME 2: MARIETTA 12, HUSSON 11
Capitalizing right off the bat, Bri Brochu stole second to get into scoring position just in time as Olivia Smith stepped up to the plate with a single to drive in the first run of the game. The Brochu cousins continued to impress as they both drilled back-to-back doubles for the Eagles in the second inning to extend their advantage to 3-0.
Putting up a huge fourth inning, Marietta found their groove starting with a bunt by Ashley Tschudy to push along Lauren Rockocy across home plate Three singles and a hard-shot double to left field by Ashton Helmke brought in the Pioneers' eighth run of the inning to surge ahead, 8-3, before Chloe Gorey put an end to the inning securing a pop-up for the third out.
Gorey opened up the fifth triggering the start to a slow comeback. Launching the ball just shy of clearing the fence, Tamara Aunchman used aggressive base running to sneak home just before the final out as Husson cut Marietta's lead to 8-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth. The Pioneers tacked on just one run in the fifth, leaving a runner stranded in scoring position.
The Florida heat sparked a fire in the Eagles as four players rocked the ball into the outfield to score six runs and get back on top, 11-9, advancing into the bottom of the sixth. Marietta quickly responded as they evened the playing field, 11-11.
Husson looked to avoid another extra inning game as they stepped into the batter's box swinging hard. Katie Windsor got on base off a hit that dropped in center field, but was left on base as the Pioneers' had one last chance to finish off the 2.5-hour long game before extending it into an eighth inning. The Eagles quickly shut down the first two batters with impressive defense in the field, but a walk and two singles later helped lift Marietta over Husson, 12-11.
Jen Jones was the starting and closing pitcher for Husson, shutting down one batter while givine up four earned runs on 38 batters faced. She was given a rest in the bottom of the fourth by freshman Alyssa Prest making her first debut as an Eagle against Marietta.
Helmke pitched the first five innings for the Pioneers as she struck out three batters while allowing seven earned runs on ten hits and walking just three batters. Jackie Mulvain stepped in to relieve Helmke in the sixth inning and help secure the win.
Not only the pitcher for the Eagles on Sunday, Jones drove home four RBI with one hit and one run scored.
The Brochu cousins, Jones, and Aunchman all tallied a double and at least one RBI.
Windsor went 2-3 with one hit and RBI.
As the DP, Helmke batted 3-3 between three RBI, two walks, and one run scored.
Pallay and Helmke were the only Pioneers to hit doubles as Pallay went 2-2 on the day.
Erin Miller was left stranded on base three times on 2-5 batting.
Husson is right back at it tomorrow when they play Finlandia University at 9:45 a.m. followed by Westfield State University at 12:00 p.m. on day three of their spring trip. Both games will be played on field #3 at the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex.