BANGOR — Nicole Sargent’s three-run triple was the key blow during an eight-run second inning that sparked the top-seeded Husson University Eagles to a 10-2 North Atlantic Conference softball quarterfinal victory over the No. 8 Lyndon State Hornets Tuesday at O’Keefe Field.
Becca McCarty and Kody Lyon combined on a five-inning three-hitter for Husson (28-9), which will host the semifinals and finals and plays the winner of Wednesday’s Maine Maritime Academy-Thomas winner on Friday.
Courtney Hill hit two singles for the Eagles, while Chelsea Brennan had a single and two RBIs and Heidi Shaw stroked a run-scoring double. Victoria Overlock and Aimee Mortensen contributed a single and an RBI.
Ashley Barski led Lyndon State (11-24) with two singles.
NEC 5, UM-Farmington 3
At Henniker, N.H., LiAnn Linck’s two-run home run highlighted a three-run second inning that led the third-seeded Pilgrims to a North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal victory over the No. 6 Beavers.
Linck also doubled for New England College (20-17), which advances to Friday’s semifinal against No. 2 Castleton State. Olivia Stanley doubled and scored a run to support winning pitcher Gabrielle Timms.
Shannon Mitchell doubled and singled with an RBI to pace the University of Maine-Farmington, which ended the season at 10-21. Amy Jones added an RBI single.
So. Maine earns split
At Gorham, Caitlin Leborgne hit a leadoff double and scored on Kayla Kennedy’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to provide the Huskies with the winning run in 2-1 opening-game victory of their Little East Conference doubleheader.
The Beacons won the second game 11-6.
In the first game, Stefanie Stockwell spread out five hits with six strikeouts and one walk and allowed only one run. Katie Davis doubled and singled for the University of Southern Maine (4-30, 2-8 LEC). Kennedy added a single.
Amanda Perry’s solo homer in the third inning accounted for the only run for UMass Boston (15-15, 3-9 LEC) behind losing pitcher Michelle Zullo, who scattered six hits.
In Game 2, Lisa Polsonetti knocked in four runs with a home run, a double and a single to key the Beacons’ 15-hit attack. Amanda Perry knocked in three runs with a homer and a triple and Sue Killilea posted a triple and two singles with two RBIs.
Davis led USM with a double, two singles, an RBI and three runs scored. Kristen Duross doubled twice and Leborgne hit two singles and Annie Mitchell plated two runs with a double.
Bates 10, UM-Farmington 1
At Hippach Field in Farmington, the Bobcats scored four runs in the fifth inning and five in the sixth to break the game open.
Kevin Davis plated five runs with a home run, a double and a single to propel Bates College of Lewiston (18-15). Mike Ciummei doubled, singled and knocked in two runs and Jeffrey Gunn doubled and singled while Ryan Curit, Alex Parker and Ryan Sonberg (RBI) chipped in with two singles apiece.
Chris Fusco worked five shutout innings for the win.
Brett Wallingford singled twice to lead the University of Maine-Farmington (8-28). Ben Pearson added an RBI single.
Colby 8, Thomas 2
At Waterville, the Mules broke loose for five runs in the seventh to pull away from their crosstown rivals.
Brendan Gallagher slammed a triple, a double and posted two RBIs for 15-14 Colby. Taro Gold singled twice, while Devlin McConnell and Luke Duncklee each provided a single with two RBIs behind relief winner Scott Goldberg, who allowed one hit in 4 2/3 innings.
Thom Cameron doubled and Danny Donovan chipped in with an RBI single for THomas (24-15).
Husson 14, So. Maine 10
At Gorham, Shawn Smith belted his second home run of the game, a three-run blast, in the eighth inning to put the Eagles ahead for good.
Smith also hit a three-run shot to highlight a five-run seventh inning for Husson University of Bangor (19-16). Brandon Gendreau collected a double and two singles with two RBIs and Cody McInnis hit two singles (2 RBIs) for the winners.
Niko Ververis tripled and doubled while Jason Smith singled twice to support relief winner Austin Clark, who allowed three hits and one run in three innings.
Forrest Chadwick sparked the University of Southern Maine (16-16) a three-run homer and a single. Jake Glauser plated two runs with a double and a single while Nick Grady doubled and singled. Tucker White and Matt Powers each contributed two singles.