KISSIMMEE, Fla. -The Husson Eagles finished out spring break strong with a five-game win streak against several formidable opponents as they return to Bangor, Maine with an 8-4 non-conference record. In the first matchup of the day on Friday, the Eagles defeated Westminster College (Pa.) (5-5) by a score of 5-2, followed by an 8-6 victory over UMass Dartmouth (6-4) to end their Florida road trip in stride.
GAME 1: HUSSON 5, WESTMINSTER 2
The Eagles scored right off the bat, producing a run in their half of the first inning on an RBI single by Olivia Smith, scoring Bri Brochu to give Husson a 1-0 lead. Two quick innings followed where both pitchers, Jen Jones for Husson and Krystyna Burdelski for Westminster, saw five consecutive strikeouts.
In the top of the fourth, the Titans were able to level the playing field with a run of their own, but the tie didn't last long as the Eagles responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Kasey Poligni scored on an RBI groundout by Kylie Kennedy. This was followed up by a two-run RBI single from Bri Brochu, scoring both Whitney Bess and Brooklynn Scott to give Husson a 4-1 advantage.
Both teams added a run in the sixth inning as B. Brochu tallied her third RBI of the game to leave the score at 5-2 advancing into the seventh. Jones shut down two batters and with some help from the outfield, left two runners stranded on base to conclude the first game of the day.
Jones turned in another excellent pitching performance for the Eagles. She pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs on six hits, while striking out eight. Jones now has two complete game wins on the year for the Eagles.
Burdelski was consistent in the circle the first couple innings, throwing six strikeouts before being subbed out by teammate Victoria Carnes for the final two frames.
- B. Brochu had a solid day at the plate, going 2-4 with three RBI.
- Olivia Smith and Kylie Kennedy each contributed an RBI to the Husson victory.
- Both Alexis Briznas and Madison Brown went 1-3 at the plate, and each had an RBI.
- Haley Bedalota and Jasmine Woodings each scored a run in the effort for Westminster.
GAME 2: HUSSON 8, UMASS DARTMOUTH 6
The Corsairs would score twice more in the fourth inning, to take a 3-1 lead, before a fifth inning offensive rally for Husson gave the Eagles the lead for the first time with six total runs scored in the fifth inning alone, to jump out in front, 7-3. Olivia Smith, Tamara Aunchman and Kylie Cunningham all had RBI hits up the middle, scoring Arika Brochu, Whitney Bess and Aunchman around the bases. A few errors by the Corsairs also allowed Smith, Katie Walker and Jen Jones, to score, giving the Eagles a four-run lead.
Smith then added on to the lead with an RBI double in the sixth inning, which scored Gorey. UMass Dartmouth fought until the end, putting up a run in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to complete the comeback, as the Eagles swept their Friday doubleheader.
Arika Brochu pitched a complete game for the Eagles. She allowed five earned runs on nine hits, and struck out two in a winning effort for the Eagles as she closed out the week with a 4-1 record down in Florida.
Jill Richards pitched five innings throughout the game, giving up just three earned runs and grabbing four K's in the effort. Anna Kerwood and Kate McDonald both saw time in the circle giving up zero runs or walks.
- Smith was 2-4 in the game, with a double and two RBI.
- Both Gorey and Aunchman went 2-4 as well, and each contributed an RBI.
- Bess displayed some impressive base running skills with the only stolen base of the game for the Eagles.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LEADERS:
- Leah Major was 2-3 at the plate, with a double and three total RBI.
- Jill Richards hit 2-2, with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
The Eagles return home from Florida, and have over a week off to reclimate to the colder weather. Husson's home opener is first on the schedule in a doubleheader fashion against Southern Maine Community College on Saturday, March 23rd, with first pitch for game one set for 12 p.m.