BANGOR, Maine – Hosting Thomas College (10-8, 3-1 NAC) for a doubleheader at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex, the Husson softball team (12-6, 3-1) dedicated their games to Noel Levasseur as the Eagles looked to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The two rivals split the day with Thomas taking game one and Husson finishing with a win in game two.
GAME ONE: Thomas 4, Husson 2
Opening up the game on a daring note, Lauren Guppy beat out the throw on her bunt and never stopped running as she crept a few steps towards second and bolted making it to the bag just milliseconds before Husson's throw reached second. Following a single just over the Morgan Coleman's head at first by Sydney LeBourveau, Guppy snuck home on the play to give the Terriers a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first, before the Eagles left two Terriers stranded on the bases with Jen Jones' first strikeout of the game.
A few quick innings later, Thomas added on to the score giving them a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth when the Eagles' bats started swinging. A Kylie Cunningham single up the middle got the ball rolling as Kylie Kennedy followed up getting on base. With Kasey Poligni pinch running and baserunners on the corners, Poligni took off for second after the pitch was thrown, egging on a throw for Cunningham to steal home and put the first run on the board for the Eagles. An Arika Brochu bunt and Bri Brochu single up the middle helped Poligni get around to home to cut the difference, 4-2, before Thomas shut down their big inning, holding Husson scoreless in the final two to secure the game one win.
HUSSON OFF THE BAT:
- Olivia Smith led the Eagles at the plate, going 2-3.
- B. Brochu recorded the lone RBI for the Eagles, batting 1-2 with a walk.
- Five Eagles helped out on double plays.
- On the rubber, Jones threw six punch outs, giving up three earned runs and three walks.
THOMAS OFF THE BAT:
- Bailey Dunphy drove in two RBI with a double.
- LeBourveau went 2-3 scoring one run.
- Pitching for the Terriers, Kelsey Currier struck out four batters while giving up just one walk and one earned run.
GAME 2: HUSSON 8, THOMAS 1
Nearly scoring in the first inning, Husson left two players stranded on a steal attempt home, but redeemed themselves in the second with back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the inning off the bats of Jen Jones and Morgan Coleman to score the first run of the game.
Tying the game in the top of the fourth at ones, the Terriers responded with their own pair of doubles from Bailey Dunphy and Kasey Champney.
Husson didn't back down in their next ups, tacking on four more runs on five hits to separate themselves from Thomas, 5-1, then continued that offensive momentum in the sixth adding on three more insurance runs to establish an 8-1 victory.
HUSSON OFF THE BATS:
- Leading off strong for the Eagles, Bri Brochu hit 3-4 with one RBI and scoring twice.
- Whitney Bess, Olivia Smith, and Jones all contributed two RBI, scored one run, and tallied at least two hits.
- Earning her sixth win of the season, Arika Brochu pitched a conisent full game with zero walks, three strikeouts, and one earned run.
THOMAS OFF THE BATS:
- Batting 2-3, Katie Taylor was consistent at the plate for the Terriers.
- Champney recorded the lone RBI for Thomas, going 1-3 at the plate.
- Breanna Whitmarsh opened up the game pitching for the Terriers, striking out three without giving up a single walk, but giving up five earned runs. Sydney LeBourveau closed out the final inning, giving up one earned run and two hits.
Husson softball hosts Bowdoin College for a doubleheader at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex on Sunday, April 14th with start time for opening pit