Softball Picks Up Another Pair of Wins on Spring Break

Photo Credit: Debbie
Photo Credit: Debbie

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Eagles opened up Thursday afternoon with a long extra inning game extending two extra innings until Husson softball (6-4) outscored the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (3-5) by one run in the ninth to snatch the 9-8 win. Husson followed up this victory with a sweep on the day in a much shorter five inning game against Delaware Valley University (2-4) with an 8-0 shutout.  

GAME 1: HUSSON 9, PITT-GREENSBURG 8

Morgan Coleman's bat was responsible for scoring both of the Eagles initial runs.  In the top of the first, she stroked a double down the left field line, knocking in Olivia Smith.  A sacrifice fly to right field gave Coleman her second RBI of the afternoon in the third, with Smith again scoring the run.

Brooklynn Scott beat out a single hit back to pitcher Krista Bayus, with Smith crossing the plate to give Scott an RBI.  The Bobcats put up two runs of their own, pushing around one of their players off a walk with based loaded, and the second on a Kayla Seidl sacrifice fly. At the end of three, the Eagles led the Bobcats 3-2.

Kylie Kennedy continued the Eagles 2019 power surge, leading off in the fourth with a solo home run to center field.  Caitlin Bean got on base with a hard hit to the oufield, but was part of a double play that ended the inning before the Eagles could tack on additional runs as Husson took a 4-2 lead into the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, Bayus reached home followed by a Jen Miller RBI single that tied the game at four.  Jen Jones stepped in to relieve Alyssa Prest in the circle, getting three quick outs with two K's. 

Continuing into the next inning, Meagan Gosselin singled up the middle to break the tie.  Her base hit scored pinch runner Kasey Poligni, putting the Eagles up 5-4.

Jen Jones returned to the pitching circle for the seventh inning.  After picking up two outs, Jones surrendered an RBI double to Jaden DiFilippo, sending the game into extra innings, 5-5. 

The Eagles would jump back in front almost immediately.  With Louisa Colucci starting on second in extras, some speedy base running helped bring her home to jump back on top, 6-5, but only very briefly before Pitt-Greensburg added a run to yet again push the game into one more inning. 

With the game tied at 6-6 at the top of the ninth, the Eagles went on a tear. A Gosselin RBI single and a Lexi Cunningham sacrifice fly gave the Eagles a two-run lead, with Olivia Smith capping the inning off with a solo homerun. 
Jones returned to the field, closing the door on the Bobcats.  RBI from both DiFilippo and Hollis would bring the game within a run, but the Eagles would prevail, picking up the 9-8 victory.

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Prest went four innings, giving up three hits and three earned runs.  She picked up her first collegiate win in the effort with two strikeouts. Jones provided five innings in relief, striking out eight batters for the Green and Gold.
The Bobcats got six innings of work from starter Bayus, who allowed 12 hits and five earned runs.  Brittany Dunn gave up just two earned runs to close out the final three innings.

GAME 2: HUSSON 8, DELAWARE VALLEY 0

The Husson softball squad picked up their third shutout of the season on a five-inning mercy rule game as Jen Jones achieved her second win in the circle. 

Husson's Chloe Gorey reached first on a fielding error in the third inning, which helped score Whitney Bess a 1-0 ballgame after two quiet innings.  Jones continued to help her the cause, ripping a double into left field that scored two runners.  Kylie Cunningham slapped an infield single to shortstop, picking up an RBI of her own for a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the third. 

The Green and Gold doubled their lead in the fourth starting off with Tamara Aunchman sending the ball flying into center for a two bagger, scoring Gorey and Bri Brochu.  Aunchman got around the bases to score and then the eighth and final run of the contest was tallied by Jones on a Cunningham ground-out.  

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Jones was the lone Eagle pitcher in the contest.  She threw all five innings, striking out six while giving up five hits and allowing four walks.

For the Aggies, Caitlyn Pollock made the start, two earned runs to score in one inning before Olivia Monismith took a spot in the circle, providing three innings of work while letting three earned batters cross the plate.