Thomas upsets top-seeded Husson in NAC playoff opener

Posted April 27, 2012, at 9:30 p.m.

BANGOR — Kelsey Crowe’s run-scoring single snapped a 3-3 tie and McKayla Gastia and Lauren Hachey followed with a two-run double and two-run single, respectively, as fourth seed Thomas College erupted for seven fourth-inning runs to stun top seed Husson University 8-4 in their North Atlantic Conference softball tourney opener Friday.

Husson will play New England College, a 6-3 loser to Castleton State, in a Saturday elimination game.

Husson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Victoria Overlock’s squeeze bunt, Ashley Smith’s RBI single and a bases-loaded walk to Nicole Sargent.

Alyssa Eugley’s RBI double cut the lead to 3-1 in the third.

Sara Pavento picked up the win with a complete-game eight-hitter. She struck out one and walked four.

Becca McCarty absorbed the loss.

Eugley drove in a pair of runs for 14-23-1 Thomas.

NAC Rookie of the Year Overlock and Smith each had two hits for Husson and one of Smith’s was a double.

Colby 1, Trinity 0

At Hartford, Conn., Kelsey Park of Presque Isle tripled home the game’s only run in the top of the seventh as the Mules topped the Bantams.

Megan Michie earned her first college shutout by scattering five singles, striking out five and walking no one.

Erica Pulford reached on an error to lead off the seventh and Park followed by slapping a sinking liner that skipped under the right fielder’s glove.

Baseball

Thomas 6, Husson 0

At Castleton, Vt., Chris Farrar fired a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out seven and not walking anyone, and Thomas College scored four second-inning runs to beat Husson University in their North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division Tournament opener.

Cody Vigue and Taylor Livingston paced the Terriers offensively.

Vigue doubled, singled twice and scored three times and Livingston had a pair of singles and three RBIs.

Shawn Smith tripled and singled for Husson and Nate Adams pitched a complete-game 10-hitter. He allowed five earned runs, struck out two and walked three.

Bowdoin 5, Tufts 3

At Brunswick, junior righthander Oliver Van Zant struck out 13 to become Bowdoin College’s career strikeout leader with 189 as he hurled eight innings of four-hit ball to lead the Polar Bears by Tufts in the opener of a three-game New England Small College Athletic Conference Series.

Bowdoin, 19-14 overall and 6-4 in the NESCAC, can clinch a NESCAC Tournament berth with one win in Saturday’s noon doubleheader with Tufts.

John Lefeber’s single, Tim McGarry’s groundout and Dan Findley’s sacrifice fly capped a four-run fifth inning that erased a 3-1 deficit.

McGarry doubled for Bowdoin and Findley knocked in two runs.

Bangor’s Ian Edwards pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his sixth save.

Dave Ryan pitched a complete-game three-hitter for 20-9 Tufts (4-6 NESCAC), striking out five and walking six.

Colby 7, Plymouth St. 6

At Gorham, Colby scored five runs in the first three innings to record its third win of the season over Plymouth State in nonconference action.

Devlin McConnell doubled and singnled for 16-14 Colby while Robb Arndt, Luke Duncklee and Taro Gold each chipped in with two hits.

Paul Reny singled twice for 13-19 Plymouth State and Ryan McIntosh doubled.

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