WATERVILLE, Maine – North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament MVP Olivia Smith drove in the decisive run to cut Game 6 short in five innings, 8-0, as the Husson University Eagles captured their second-consecutive NAC Title and the program's ninth overall with the win over Thomas College (Maine), after going undefeated in the double elimination tournament.
After a scoreless first inning, Husson got on the board in the bottom of the second when Whitney Bess and Kylie Cunningham scored on an error to make it 2-0. Morgan Coleman made it 3-0 with an RBI single that brought Arika Brochu in to score before the Terriers left three Eagles stranded on the base path to end the inning.
The Eagles put the game out of reach in the fourth when Coleman smacked a grand slam down the left field line to make it 7-0. The Eagles walked off in the fifth with the 8-0 win off the bat of Smith with a single to the right field corner that drove in A. Brochu for the winning run.
ON THE MOUND:
Jen Jones (13-5) pitched a five-inning perfect game in the circle for the Eagles, striking out four, on the way to her first no-hitter of the season. Jones' perfect game was the program's fifth overall and second one since the Eagles joined the NCAA, while being the first solo one in 17 years.
Katlyn Coulter took the loss for Thomas, allowing five runs - one earned - on six hits.
HUSSON OFF THE BAT:
- Coleman drove in five RBI on a 2-3 day with one run scored on her own grand slam.
- Smith tallied the remaining two RBI, batting 1-1 with three walks.
- Bri Brochu, A. Brochu, and Whitney Bess all hit 2-3, scoring at least one run apiece.
Husson advances to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament, and awaits the selection show on Monday, May 6th, to decide their opponent. The selection show begins at 1:00 p.m.
2019 NAC All-Tournament Team
Brianna McGrath, UMaine-Farmington
Alyssa Dillan, UMaine-Farmington
Sarah Duncklee, UMaine-Presque Isle
Melanee Terry, UMaine-Presque Isle
Kayla Bess, Thomas
Katlyn Coulter, Thomas
Lauren Guppy, Thomas
Arika Brochu, Husson
Jen Jones, Husson
Morgan Coleman, Husson
Olivia Smith, Husson (MVP)