CLERMONT, Fla. - The Husson University (4-4) softball team earn a split on day six of their Florida trip, falling to Amherst College (5-0), 8-5, in game one before shutting out The Catholic University of America (2-6), 5-0, in game two at the Hancock Recreational Complex.
GAME ONE: AMHERST 8, HUSSON 5
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After a deadlocked pair of innings, Husson was first to strike in the top of the third. Bri Brochu singled to left field before advancing to second after Chloe Gorey grounded out to the pitcher right after. With a runner on second, Olivia Smith singled to left field to bring B. Brochu around, going up 1-0 after three.
However, the Eagles score incited a dominant answer as the Mammoths scored five in the bottom of the third to go up by four. With two on, Ronnie Falasco doubled to left center to bring around Sage Innerarity and Nicole Trezza for the opening two runs. A two-out rally ensued, beginning with Sammy Salustri, who single to right field advancing Audrey Hansen to second and scored Falasco. Kyra Naftel backed up Salustri with another single that brought Hansen around. Alyson Plaman capped off the Mammoths run with an RBI shot to right field to put the team up 5-1 heading into the fourth.
Husson's Jen Jones walked to start off the top of the fourth. After a wild pitch and a passed ball, pinch runner Kasey Poligni found herself on third base with Kylie Kennedy on deck. After a fly out to left field by Tamara Aunchman, Kennedy grounded out to the second base to score Poligni.
With one on and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Falasco laced a shot to left that was mishandled by Husson which allowed Scout Boynton to score from first base. Following the error, Hansen hit a sacrifice fly to right field that brought home Falasco. The final score of the inning came on a double steal from the Mammoths as Andrea Sanders stole home to put the Mammoths up 8-2 heading into the last two innings.
A double in the fifth by Smith and a two run homer in the sixth off the bat of Aunchman were not enough to bring the Eagles back into the game as the Mammoths notched the victory on the season.
ON THE MOUND:
Talia Bloxham secured her third victory of the season after allowing seven hits and five runs, while striking out four in seven innings of work.
Arika Brochu took her first loss of the season after throwing four innings, allowing ten hits and eight runs (five earned). Jones pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits.
OFF THE BAT - HUSSON:
- B. Brochu went 2-3 with two runs scored.
- Smith finished the game 2-4 with two RBI and a double.
- Aunchman went 1-3 with a run scored, two RBI and a home run
OFF THE BAT - AMHERST:
- Andrea Sanders went 3-4 on the afternoon.
- Falasco had a 1-3 day with two runs scored, three RBI and a double.
GAME TWO: HUSSON 5, CATHOLIC 0
HOW IT HAPPENED:.
Husson got on the board first with back to back solo shots by Smith and Aunchman in the first inning. The Eagles then tacked on one more run in the third when Smith scored on a wild pitch to take a 3-0 advantage.
The Eagles extended their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring two more runs off a two RBI single by Brooklynn Scott to take a 5-0.
With two outs in the seventh, Catholic's Giselle Diaz singled through the left side, but Sabrina Scott got stuck in a rundown rounding third for the final out of the game.
ON THE MOUND:
Jones pitched a completed game shutout to earn her first victory of seasons, allowing just four hits with a punchout.
Claire Sturek got the start for the Cardinals, throwing five innings, yeilding four runs off six hits with two strikeouts before Allie Lajeunesse came in to relieve her. Lajeunesse tossed one inning, allowing three hits and a run.
OFF THE BAT - HUSSON:
- Smith finished the game 1-3 with a RBI, a home run, and two runs scored.
- Aunchman went 1-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a home run.
- B. Scott had a 1-2 day with a RBI.
OFF THE BAT - CATHOLIC:
- Taylor Forgen, Bella Ronca, S. Scott and Diaz each had a hit for the Cardinals.
The Eagles return to action on March 14th when they take on the university of Pittsburgh at Greesnburg (3:45 p.m.) and Delaware Valley (6:00 p.m.) in Kissimmee, Fla.