WATERVILLE, Maine – Husson softball (22-9) secures a comeback triumph in the bottom of the sixth off a rallying six hits including a two-run homer by Olivia Smith to take game two of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Tournament against the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (15-14) on the Colby College campus.
The Eagles struck first with Bri Brochu scoring on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first to give Husson the early 1-0 edge. They added two more in the second with Arika Brochu and Kylie Cunningham scoring on an error to make it 3-0.
The Owls cut the lead in the third off a two-run single by Sarah Duncklee that brought the score to 3-2. A. Brochu gave Husson some extra cushion with an RBI double in the fourth that pushed the lead to 4-2.
UMPI gained the lead for the first time in the sixth with back-to-back home runs, starting with a three-run homer by Melanee Terry immediately followed by a Marissa Valdivia Reagle solo shot that made it 6-4.
Husson answered with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead for good. The Brochu cousins scored on a Chloe Gorey bunt followed by an error to tie the game. A two-run homer off Smith's bat gave the Eagles an 8-6 lead. Husson scored another run on an error to make the final score 9-6.
Jen Jones (10-5) pitched the complete-game win, allowing six runs on six hits with nine strikeouts for Husson.
Brookelynn Garcia took the loss in relief, giving up five runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings of work. Valdivia Reagle started for UMPI and pitched the first 1.2 innings before being relieved by Garcia, then returned to the circle in the sixth for the final three outs of the innings. She allowed one earned run on four hits total.
HUSSON OFF THE BAT:
- Olivia Smith scored three runners on the day and launched a homer while being left stranded on base three times.
- Jen Jones batted 2-3 with a walk.
- Tamara Aunchman, Morgan Coleman, and Arika Brochu all went 2-4 while Aunchman and A. Brochu hit doubles.
UMPI OFF THE BAT:
- Jordie Legasse and Marissa Reagle both went 2-3 with one run scored.
- Reagle and Melanee Terry both smacked balls out of the park for the Owls.
- Sarah Duncklee was 1-3 at the plate with two RBI.
The Terriers and Eagles will face-off in Game 4 tomorrow at 3 p.m., after UMaine-Farmington and UMaine-Presque Isle compete at 12 p.m. to stay alive in Game 3 of the double-elimination tournament.
Friday, May 3
Game 1: #1 Thomas 4 / #4 UMF 3
Game 2: #2 Husson 9 / #3 UMPI 6
Saturday, May 4
Game 3: UMF vs. UMPI - 12:30 PM
Game 4: Thomas vs. Husson - 3:00 PM
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game Game 4 Loser - 5:30 PM
Sunday, May 5
Game 6: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner - 11:00 AM
Game 7: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (if necessary) - 1:30 PM