BANGOR — Husson University won its third straight North Atlantic Conference softball championship and a spot in the national tournament with a 6-0 victory over the University of Maine-Farmington behind solid pitching and an MVP effort out of Dottie Cameron.
Kody Lyon pitched a three-hit shutout while getting five strikeouts against just one walk and helping her Eagles improve to 24-15 overall. The win earned Husson an automatic qualifying spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Husson opened the scoring in the second with Kara Poirier’s RBI single down the right field line. In the third, tourney MVP Cameron, and ironically a Farmington native, led off with a home run.
The Eagles made it 3-0 in the fourth as Sara Risser of Brewer scored her second run on a Bri Webster sacrifice bunt. Cameron finished the scoring by hitting a two-run triple to right in the sixth and scoring on a passed ball.
Risser wound up going 2-for-3 with a double, a single and three runs scored. Poirier had two singles total.
Joining Cameron on the NAC All-Tournament team are Risser and Lyon. Amy Jones, Mykell Barnes, and Emma Vaillancourt from UMF were also named to the team along with Thomas College’s Samantha Moore and Kelsey Crowe.
The UMF Beavers finish their season 12-19 overall.
UM-Farmington |000|000|0 — 0 3 0
Husson |011|1×3|x — 6 10 0
Vaillancourt and Barnes; Lyon and Risser
Saint Joseph’s wins GNAC title
At Wenham, Mass., Heather Tripp’s three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning put Saint Joseph’s College ahead for good as the Monks went on to edge Rivier College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship game Sunday.
Tripp’s blast capped a five-run sixth for the No. 2 Monks that gave them their first lead of the game.
Maddie Kluna, who struck out both batters she faced in the top of the seventh to notch her third save of the year, earned GNAC MVP honors and fellow Saint Joseph’s players Rae-Marie Copan and Emily Leverone were also named to the all-tourney team. Kluna tied the school saves record with six in her career.
The win also gives the 25-3 Monks an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
On Saturday, the Monks belted 15 hits, including a team-record four home runs in their Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament semifinal game. Freshman Connie Grovo went 3-for-4 with a home run, two singles, and four RBIs to lead the attack.
Iona sweeps Maine
At New Rochelle, N.Y., Chelsea Sheehan went 4-for-5 with an RBI and pitcher Alyssa Maiese notched two wins in relief to lead the Iona College Gaels to a doubleheader sweep Saturday over the University of Maine with 2-1 and 4-2 victories.
In the first game, Maiese entered the game in the fourth inning and allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings while notching three strikeouts and three walks. She also had two doubles. Melanie Gettins had both RBIs without benefit of a hit. One came on a sacrifice fly.
Terren Hall had a double, a single and a stolen base for the Maine Black Bears.
In the second game, Maiese pitched another four innings of two-hit relief ball with one earned run, five strikeouts and one walk. Sheehan had three singles and an RBI while Gettins added two singles.
Kali Burnham, Hall and Margaret Hilton each had two singles for the Black Bears.
Maine |100|000|0 — 1 4 0
Iona |010|000|1 — 2 5 0
Kelley and MacDowell; Jackson, Maiese (4) and Gettins
Maine |010|000|1 — 2 7 0
Iona |011|011|x — 4 9 1
Spoehr, Sparks (6) and Stevens; Algeo, Maiese (4) and Gettins
Bates, Colby split
At Lewiston Saturday, Colby College earned its first NESCAC divisional win of the season with a 6-4 victory over Bates in the first game of a doubleheader, but Bates came back with a 7-3 victory in game two.
In the first game, Barbara Santos hit a three-run home run in the third inning to tie the game and her Colby White Mules posted three more runs in the fifth.
In the second game, the Bobcats blew open the game with five runs in the third inning.
Colby |003|030|0 — 6 9 0
Bates |300|001|0 — 4 8 3
Becker and Santos; Finn, Gattuso (6) and Maciejewski
Colby |100|020|0 — 3 10 1
Bates |105|001|x — 7 10 0
Polimeno, Yardumian (4) and Santos; Gattuso and Martino
USM sweeps twinbill
At Gorham Saturday, the University of Southern Maine Huskies swept a regular season-ending doubleheader against University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 5-1 and 4-0 behind solid pitching efforts by Sarah Deroche and Samantha Morse, who each notched career-high strikeout totals.
In the first game, Deroche struck out 10 batters while allowing three hits (all singles) and five walks.
In the second game, Morse pitched a two-hitter while striking out 11 and walking four.
UM-Dartmouth |000|000|1 — 1 3 2
USM |000|230|x — 5 8 1
Deroche and Caiazzo; Eldridge and Barry
UM-Dartmouth |000|000|0 — 0 2 1
USM |101|230|x — 5 8 1
Eldridge and Barry; Morse and Davis
Saint Joseph’s 13, Rivier 2
At Wenham, Mass., Saturday, No. 2 seed Saint Joseph’s College belted 15 hits, including a team-record four home runs in their Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament semifinal game. Freshman Connie Grovo went 3-for-4 with a home run, two singles, and four RBIs to lead the attack.
Bates sweeps Colby
At Lewiston, Griff Tewksbury hit a solo home run, a triple and a single as Bates College won its seventh straight game with a 4-2 victory over Colby College in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.
The Bobcats took the first game 10-8.
In the first game, Noah Lynd hit a two-run home run and an RBI single to spark Bates.
In the second game, Lynd hit an RBI single and picked up the save tossing two scoreless innings for the Bobcats.
Colby |051|110|0 — 8 14 1
Bates |503|020|x — 10 11 0
Sullivan, Chandel (5) and Schroeder; McGregor, Baroni (2), Bonneau (5), Antonellis (6) and Webb
Colby (11-20) |100|000|100 — 2 5 1
Bates (18-14) |102|010|00x — 4 8 2
Rabbitt, Ladd (5), Chandel (6) and Gallagher; Alexander, Lynd (8) and Simon
USM, Keene State split
At Gorham, the University of Southern Maine and Keene State College split a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.
The Huskies took the opener 6-5 before dropping the nightcap 9-4.
In the opener, Forrest Chadwick led Southern Maine with a solo home run and a double.
In the nightcap, Bobby Doyon posted a home run, two doubles and a triple with three RBIs to power Keene State.
Keene State |100|001|120 — 5 9 3
USM |013|002|00x — 6 8 2
Thiesing, Lacourse (6), Wogksch (8) and DiPrato; Ives, Stanton (8) and Berthiaume, Marks (9)
Keene State (27-10) |140|040|000 — 9 10 1
USM (18-15) |001|001|002 — 4 11 0
Pelkey, Katin (6), Vogt (9) and DiPrato; Douglass, Perry (5), Humphrey (8), Veilleux (9) and Marks, Berthiuame (7)
Monks win GNAC title
At Standish, Chris Campbell went 4-for-5 with four singles and two RBIs as top-seeded Saint Joseph’s College defeated third-seeded Suffolk University in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship game Sunday.
On Saturday, the Monks topped second-seeded Johnson & Wales University 4-0 in a GNAC semifinal. Chad Rafferty pitched a six-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts to earn the win.
In the championship game, Saint Joseph’s notched two runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on for the victory. Nate Martin doubled and singled with an RBI while Dan Brown hit an RBI double. Todd Keneborus and Ian Lee each chipped in with an RBI single.
Johnson & Wales (20-19) |000|000|000 — 0 6 2
Saint Joseph’s |003|000|01x — 4 9 1
Tsangrides and Coppola; Rafferty and Lee
Saint Joseph’s (29-11) |000|023|102 — 8 12 2
Suffolk (20-19) |000|330|000 — 6 10 4
Roberge, Gruntkosky (4), Laverriere (9) and Lee; Belanger, Kilgore (6), Torres (8) and Annese
Tufts sweeps Bowdoin
At Medford, Mass., Tufts University earned its second straight No. 1 seed in the NESCAC East Division with a doubleheader sweep over Bowdoin College Saturday.
The Polar Bears dropped the first game 7-5 and the second game 5-0.
Bowdoin |030|200|0 — 5 9 1
Tufts |031|201|x — 7 11 1
Van Zant, Farley (4) and Findley; Ryan, Sbily (4), Bernstein (7) and Collins
Bowdoin (20-10) |000|000|000 — 0 0 0
Tufts (22-6-1) |002|000|03x — 5 9 0
Lefeber, Loughlin (8) and Comizio; Miller, Bernstein (9) and Cutsumpas
Colby sweeps UMPI
At Waterville Sunday, Mark Nelson pitched a shutout in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the University of Maine-Presque Isle as the host White Mules notched 16-1 and 5-0 wins at Coombs Field.
In the first game, Mark Collins went six innings on the mound, allowing one run. Robb Arndt hit a home run and two singles, and Alec Finigan hit a homer and singled after taking over for him. Jake Kramer singled twice and had three RBIs while Richard Newton had a triple, a double, and three RBIs.
In the second game, Kramer had two singles and two RBIs while Colin Cummings had two singles. Mike Mastrocola hit a two-run single and walked for the Mules.
UMPI |100|000|0 — 1 x x
Colby |035|521|x — 16 x x
Perry, Kingsbury (3), Cote (4), Villoria (5) and Csiernik, Cirell (5); Collins, Bezahler (7) and Schroeder
UMPI |000|000|0 — 0 x x
Colby |010|130|x — 5 x x
Batchelder, Brown (5), Thompson (6) and Csiernik, Cirell (5); Nelson and Gallagher