BANGOR, Maine – Despite playing their home opener on a more unfamiliar surface at Boucher Field, the Husson University softball team still pulled out two wins as junior pitcher Jen Jones struck out 13 batters in the first game and threw two more punch outs for the save in the second game to secure a Green and Gold sweep.
GAME 1: HUSSON 7, SUNY CANTON 1
Following a quick 1-2-3 inning for both teams, the Roos put the first run of the game on the scoreboard off a hard hit by Jaedyn Ossont for a triple. Jordan Knapp singled towards third to get on base as the Eagles looked back at Ossont to keep her on the bag. Two strikeouts later and Jones was just one out away from keeping two runners in scoring position from tagging home, but a wild pitch sent Ossont sprinting towards the plate to score the first run of the inning before Jones could tack on her fourth strikeout of the day.
Quickly leveling the playing the field, an error, passed ball, and single from Coleman helped score Jones before Kayla Chavarri closed out the inning with her second punch out of the game.
Beating out the throw to first, Arika Brochu used a lead-off bunt to get on the bag and continued to second after a sacrifice bunt from Bri Brochu. A wild pitch and groundout by Whitney Bess helped score A. Brochu to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
A huge fourth inning lifted Husson above SUNY Canton as they tacked on five more runs off of four hits to cruise through the final innings with a 7-1 victory.
HUSSON OFF THE BAT:
- Bess tallied two RBI on 1-3 hitting with a hard-shot triple.
- B. Brochu and Kylie Kennedy helped out with an RBI apiece.
SUNY CANTON OFF THE BAT:
- Alicia Evans went 1-2 with the only walk of the game.
- Knapp recorded the lone stolen base of the game.
GAME 2: HUSSON 8, SUNY CANTON 5
Stepping into a no-out, bases loaded seventh inning with the tying run at the plate, Jen Jones took on the first batter with the utmost composure, striking her out swinging. A sacrifice fly from Sophia Harris sent Alicia Evans flying home after tagging up to bring the score to 8-5. Shutting down the Roos, Jones grabbed her 15th strikeout of the day to help secure the win.
Opening scoring early, the Eagles tacked on a run in the first two innings as strong defense helped Arika Brochu face just nine batters in three innings before the Roos erupted in the fourth. With bases loaded, Mackenzie Currie smacked a double down the left field line hard enough to send home all three baserunners home to take a 3-2 advantage going into the bottom of the fourth. Husson was quick to respond with big bats as Bri Brochu led off ripping a triple to right center and was just a few steps away from an in the park homer. With empty bases, Olivia Smith, Tamara Aunchman, and Jones stepped up firing back-to-back-to-back doubles to score two runs and reclaim a 4-3 advantage.
Despite SUNY Canton scoring runs in the sixth and seventh innings, Husson maintained a strong lead scoring four additional runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 8-5 win.
Kayla Chavarri pitched all 12 innings for the Roos between the two games, grabbing five strikeouts while giving up seven walks.
HUSSON OFF THE BATS:
- Morgan Coleman and Jones both went 2-3 with one run scored apiece.
- Kylie Cunningham and Bess both walked twice to get on first.
- Four Eagles hit doubles and two smashed triples.
SUNY CANTON OFF THE BATS:
- Currie batted 1-3 with three RBI.
- Chavarri scored two runs for the Roos.
The Eagles head to Saint Joseph's College of Maine on Wednesday, April 10th for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 5:00 p.m.