June 20, 2018
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Husson eyes third straight NAC softball title

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Two-time North Atlantic Conference champion Husson University had its 36-game NAC softball winning streak snapped in a 10-inning 11-10 loss to Maine Maritime Academy on April 21.

They lost another game to Thomas College 6-3 after winning the first game of the doubleheader 8-2.

The Eagles, 21-15 overall, will try to make it three championships in a row on Friday at 10 a.m. when they host the University of Maine-Farmington, 10-17, to open the four-team double-elimination tournament at O’Keefe Field.

Second seed Thomas College of Waterville, 18-12, will face No. 3 Maine Maritime Academy, 17-6, in the noon game.

The losers will play at 2 p.m. and the winners will square off at 4.

The teams remaining with one loss will play at noon on Saturday and the winner will have to beat the undefeated team twice with the first championship-round game being at 2:00.

The title game, if necessary, will be played Sunday at 1:00.

Husson will enter the tourney with a six-game winning streak.

Husson swept UMF earlier this season but it was a pair of one-run games 6-5, 11-10.

Thomas and MMA split a doubleheader.

Husson has been paced by speedster Courtney Hill, who is hitting .370 with 34 stolen bases in 36 attempts. Hill has a team-high 44 hits. Aimee Mortensen (.381-0-19), Kelly Naegelin (.337-2-22) and Lona Sargent (.308-1-19) have been the other catalysts with the pitching staff being anchored by Kody Lyon (8-9, 4.17), Nagelin (4-5, 2.67) and Becca McCarty (3-0, 2.31).

The University of Maine-Farmington has been paced by Shannon Mitchell (.330-4-16), McKell Barnes (.328-2-17), Lily Barry (.318-1-10) and Amy Jones (.310-4-15). Emma Vaillancourt (5-10, 3.19) and Kaitlyn Bartlett (4-4, 5.36) have been their pitching mainstays.

Maine Maritime Academy has been led by Sabrina Keach (.414-1-22), Leah Jackson (.405-8-21), Mallery Stanley (.375-0-23) and Brittany Hunt (.351-0-14) with Casey McCloskey (.10-3, 2.03) and Erica Taylor (4-1, 2.54) heading up the mound corps.

Thomas has been guided by Mallorie Blakney (.425-0-10), Lindsay Fry (.385-1-13), Kelsey Crowe (.371-1-24) and Samantha Moore (.361-2-24) along with pitchers Sara Pavento (13-9, 4.78) and Jordan Kennedy (5-2, 2.04).

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