WATERVILLE, Maine - Jen Jones' RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning snapped a 6-6 tie to lead the Husson University Eagles (23-9) to their second straight comeback victory of the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Championship, this time over the Thomas College Terriers (23-9), 7-6, on Saturday afternoon at the Colby College Baseball and Softball Complex. Husson advances to their second consecutive NAC Championship final round and the program's tenth overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Husson got on the scoreboard first when Olivia Smith smashed a single to center field, allowing Bri Brochu to cross the plate with the game's first run. Thomas responded quickly in their next turn at bat with a Katyln Coulter solo shot to center field before taking a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on a Sydney LeBourveau sac fly.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third, the Eagles scored two runs off two hits to take the lead once again. With one out, Arika Brochu went bridge to left center before B. Brochu came home on an RBI single to center field by Smith. Thomas once again retook the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring four times for a 6-3 advantage, thanks to RBI singles by Katie Taylor and Lauren Guppy, a sac fly by Kayla Bess and an Eagle wild pitch.
A three-run jack to right center in the bottom of the fifth by Smith, tied the game at six before Jones ripped a two-out bases loaded single to right field in the bottom of the sixth, scoring A. Brochu with the go-ahead run.
Jones retired the Terriers in the top of the seventh to secure the 7-6 victory.
INSIDE THE CIRCLE:
A. Brochu started the game for the Eagles, pitching four innings to earn a no decision. She allowed eight hits, six runs (three unearned runs) with two punchouts. Jones pitched three perfect innings to earn her 11th victory of the season with her 400th career strikeout, becoming the second Eagle in program history to achieve this milestone.
Coulter pitched the first four innings for the Terriers, allowing six hits and three earned runs before being lifted for Kelsey Currier. Currier threw the final two innings, yielding seven hits and four earned runs with two strikeouts.
OFF THE BAT - HUSSON:
- Smith was a perfect 3-3 with a home run, a run scored, five RBI and an intentional walk.
- Jones went 3-4 with an RBI.
- A. Brochu finished with a perfect 3-3 day as well with a home run, three runs scored and an RBI.
- Chloe Gorey recorded a 2-3 day with a run scored.
OFF THE BAT - THOMAS:
- Guppy was 2-3 with a run scored, a stolen base and a walk.
- K. Bess went 1-3 with a stolen base and an RBI.
- Coulter had a 1-3 day with a home run, a run scored and an RBI.
- Currier finished with a 2-3 day with a double and a run scored.
With the win, the Eagles enter into Game Six on Sunday at 11 a.m. as the only team with an undefeated 2-0 record in the 2019 NAC Softball Championship and will play Thomas College, who defeated the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Game Five by a score of 5-4. If the Terriers defeat the Eagles in Game Six, the Championship will extend to Game 7 to determine, who earns the 2019 NAC Title and the berth to the NCAA DIII Championship Tournament.