Cambridge, Mass. - Husson exits the NCAA Division III National Softball Championship after a rallying sixth inning, with a 7-1 loss to Eastern Nazarene College. The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Champion Eagles conclude their season at 24-11.
After a scoreless first inning, Eastern Nazarene opened up a big lead with six runs in the bottom of the second. Three singles got the inning started for the Lions. Then, Elisabeth Schaffer hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Kiley Ozaki for the first run of the game. Olivia Warren and Rebecca Hayner helped reload the bases and push another run across the plate.
After a pitching change for the Eagles switching Arika Brochu and Jen Jones in the circle, with one out in the second inning, Jones struck out Lauren Clements for the second out to help move along the inning. The Lions advanced into the third with a 6-0 advantage.
The Eagles had a chance in the top of the third inning when A. Brochu reached first base after being hit by a pitch. She advanced to second when Bri Brochu walked, but the two runners were left stranded on a flyout to left for the third out of the inning.
Santos reached on a single in the fourth. She scored when Rebecca Ashman doubled to center field, making it a 7-0 lead for the Lions.
The Eagles got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. B. Brochu and Olivia Smith singled with two outs, then Morgan Coleman reached first on a fielding error by the Lions, advancing Smith to second and scoring B. Brochu.
Both sides were three-up, three-down in the final stanzas, leading to a 7-1 final score.
This concludes an incredibly successful season for Husson, while Eastern Nazarene moved on to Game 5 of double-elimination regional round.
CAMBRIDGE REGIONAL ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Jen Jones - Husson
Kiley Ozaki - Eastern Nazarene
Elisabeth Schaffer - Eastern Nazarene
Sarah Von Ahn - MIT
Devon Goetz - MIT
Ravenne Nasser - MIT
Morgan Zane - Rowan
Carly Anderson - Rowan
Christina Guerino - Rowan
Jesse DeDomenico - Rowan (Most Outstanding Player)