Wednesday’s college roundup, softball: Husson pitchers ‘perfect,’ complete sweep of MMA

Posted April 17, 2013, at 9:17 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine – Husson softball pitchers Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) and Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) were the story of the day, as they pitched a combined perfect game two against the Mariners of Maine Maritime Academy. Husson (21-8-1, 12-0 NAC) took the first game 7-2, and beat MMA (11-14, 7-7 NAC) by a score of 9-0 in five innings in the second game on Wednesday afternoon.

Game 1: Husson 7, Maine Maritime 2

The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the first when Sami Schultz (Hermon, ME) reached first on a fielder’s choice, advancing Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford, ME) to second; seeing Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) out at third, and sending K. Merrill home for a run.

MMA briefly took the lead in the top of the third, as Andi Flannery (East Machias, ME) and Sabrina Keach (Chesterville, ME) each notched a run. The lead was short-lived, as Husson’s C. Hill scored off a Schultz single in the bottom of the third to tie things up.

Heidi Shaw (Manchester, ME), Lyndsey Merrill (Bethel, ME), Mortensen, and C. Hill all scored in the fourth inning to put Husson back on top, and K. Merrill added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game to its final score, 7-2.

Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) pitched seven innings for the win, throwing 65 strikes in 89 pitches, including 9 strikeouts. Abby Yeo (Bucksport, ME) pitched six innings for the loss.

Game 2: Husson 9, Maine Maritime 0

In the second game of the day, Amanda Ryan pitched a perfect three innings, and Kayla Merrill came in in the fourth to complete Ryan’s work and give Husson a perfect game on the mound.

Victoria Overlock (Belfast, ME) got the scoring started in the bottom of the second when she scored on a Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) home run to left field. Next, Melissa Souza (East Bridgewater, MA) hit a single, Shaw singled and advanced Souza to third, and K. Merrill reached first on a fielding error to send Souza across home plate, making it 2-0 in favor of Husson.

In the bottom of the third, Mortensen, C. Hill, Mallory Conary (Warren, ME), Overlock, L. Merrill, and Sargent all scored for the Eagles to bring the score to 9-0. The game ended after five innings.

Overlock and Sargent each scored two runs for the Eagles, and Sargent had three RBI’s. Ryan picked up the win for Husson, while Erica Taylor (Mesquite, TX) got the loss.

Thomas sweeps Lyndon

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Thomas upped its overall record to 8-12, and its North Atlantic Conference mark to 7-9 with a doubleheader sweep of Lyndon. The Terriers won the opener 7-2 and took the nightcap 8-1.

In Game 1, six Lyndon errors led to six unearned runs and a tough loss for the hornets. Lauren Hachey and Samantha Moore had two hits each for Thomas and Alyssa Eugley added a triple.

Faith Robinson went the distance to get the win allowing one earned run while striking out two.

Jena Finnegan had two hits in the loss and Lyndon pitcher Katie Davis allowed one earned run while fanning six.

In Game 2, five more Lyndon errors spelled doom for the hosts and propelled the Terriers on to the sweep.

Moore collected three hits – all doubles – and Janelle Coimei knocked in three. Robinson went all seven innings to get the win, allowing one earned runs and striking out four.

Alise Vandal had two hits, including a double, for Lyndon and Meghan Gadapee was tagged with the loss. She allowed four earned runs while fanning three.

USM, Bates split

GORHAM, Maine – Senior Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and sophomore Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) each hit home runs in support of strong pitching effort from senior Jesse Hutchins (Sebago, Maine/Lake Region) to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a non-conference softball doubleheader split with the Bates College Bobcats. Southern Maine defeated Bates 5-4 in the opener and then fell 5-2 in eight innings in the second game.

With the split Southern Maine improves to 6-24 on the season. The 5-4 win in the opener marks the first win for the Huskies over Bates in the previous six games in the series. Earning the win in the nightcap, Bates improves to 7-11.

Hutchins earned the win for USM in the opener scattering six hits and two walks over seven innings while allowing one earned run. She struck out eight batters. Bates’ senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) took the loss allowing four earned runs on five hits and a walk. Gattuso had five strikeouts.

Stockwell led off the Huskies’ bottom of the first with her team-high third home run of the season with a solo shot to left field to spot USM a 1-0 lead. Stockwell drove in one of the Huskies’ two runs in the bottom of the second and score their second, stroking a two-out triple to score freshmanNicole Nutter (Westbrook, Maine). Nutter kept the Huskies alive in the inning drawing one of her three walks of the doubleheader. Stockwell came around to score on a Bates’ fielding error.

With Hutchins not allowing a Bates’ hitter to advance past second through the top of the fifth inning, USM took its 3-0 lead into the home half, tacking on a pair of insurance runs. The Huskies’ continued to produce runs with two outs as senior Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass.) connected for a two-out single to left center and then came around to score easily on Duross’ first collegiate home run. Duross’s home run easily cleared the Huskies’ centerfield fence and bounced off the scoreboard for a 5-0 lead.

Bates rallied in the sixth for three runs led by RBI singles from sophomore Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) and freshman Alex Eliopoulos (Akron, Ohio). Bates scored three runs, two unearned, on three hits while capitalizing on a Huskies’ fielding error.

The Huskies’ were silent in the bottom of the sixth as Gattuso sat the Huskies’ 7-8-9 batters down in order as Bates trailed 5-3 headed into the seventh. Bates’ senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) led off the inning with a single and then stole second to set herself up in scoring position. After a ground out to move Lewis to third, Gattuso drove Lewis in on an RBI ground out for a 5-4 USM lead with two out. Freedman reached with a single in Bates’ next at bat before Hutchins bounced back to end the game with her eighth strike out.

In the second game both teams received solid pitching efforts with Bates’ Freedman coming out on top for the win. Freedman fired eight strong innings allowing two runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out eight. Stockwell was the hard luck loser allowing four earned runs in eight inning on eight hits and three walks. Stockwell also recorded eight strikeouts.

With the game tied at 1-1 after seven full innings, Bates scored four runs in the top of the eight to earn the win. With a runner place on second per extra inning rules, Lewis successfully sacrified sophomore Brenna Callahan (Milton, Mass.) to third with a bunt before senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) drilled a double down the left field line for a 2-1 Bates lead. Freedman followed with a single down the left field line to score Martino. A single by Gattuso moved had runners at first and second for the Bobcats with one out, before the Huskies got a pop out for the second out of the inning.

With two outs, Bates tacked on two more runs and increased its lead to 5-1 on an RBI singles from freshman Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) before Stockwell ended the inning with a line out.

In the home half of the eight, Nutter drove in senior Cara Radino(Franklin, N.J./Wallkill Regional) to trim the deficit to 5-2 with two outs and the Huskies had runners on first and second but Gattuso got the strike out to end the game.

Baseball

St. Joseph’s 8, Colby 2

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Alex Valenti (Lawrence, Mass.) pitched seven strong innings and Joe Coyne (Duxbury, Mass.) had a two-run homer among his three hits to power St. Joseph’s College to an 8-2 win over Colby College in non-conference play Wednesday at Coombs Field.

Valenti struck out three, walked one, and allowed two earned runs in moving to 4-0 this season. Meanwhile, Coyne added a pair of singles to go with the home run, scored twice, and drove in three runs.

Sam Butts (Saco, Maine) added two doubles, two runs, and two RBI for St. Joseph’s (21-9 overall). Zack Graham (Marlborough, Mass.) also had two doubles and scored twice, while catcher Willie Brown (Fayette, Maine) had a pair of hits, drove in one run, and scored once.

Colby co-captain Jake Kramer (Medfield, Mass.) led his team with two hits and one RBI. Luke Duncklee (Augusta, Maine) also had two hits and scored one run.

St. Joseph’s went ahead 1-0 when Butts had a one-out double, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Coyne.

The Mules had a great opportunity to blow the game open early after the first five batters reached in the bottom of the first inning. Duncklee, Nathan Ellis (Milton, Mass.), and Alec Finigan (Milton, Mass.) all singled to load the bases. Tim Corey (Framingham, Mass.) followed with a walk to bring in the first Colby run. Kramer’s RBI single brought in Ellis for a 2-0 margin, but the Mules hit into a double play to get two quick outs and Valenti got the third out on a grounder to first.

The Monks put up four runs in the third inning for a 5-2 margin. Brown led off with a single and moved to third on a double Graham. Butts followed with a double to bring in both runners. Coyne singled to put runners on first and second. Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, Mass.) smacked a two-run double for the other runs.

Graham led off the fifth inning with a double, moved to second on a groundout by Butts, and then scored when Coyne homered. In the sixth, Brandon Chase (Naples, Maine) led off with a single and eventually scored on a single by Brown.

Corey McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) pitched the final two innings and had three strikeouts for the Monks.

Ian Bezahler (Woodbridge, Conn.) had a solid three-inning relief stint over the final three innings. He gave up just one hit and allowed no runs.

USM 7, Endicott 0

GORHAM, Maine — Freshman southpaw Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) pitched his first collegiate shutout to lift the nationally ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team past the Endicott College Gulls, 7-0, in a non-conference game at USM Baseball Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

The Huskies extended their wining streak to 16 straight and improve to 22-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 at home. The loss breaks a five-game winning streak for the Gulls as they drop to 19-11 overall.

Leavitt’s performance is the second shutout by the Huskies’ pitching staff this season, and the first complete game shutout since Nick Douglass pitched a seven-inning shutout against Plymouth State University on April 22, 2011. Leavitt scattered eight hits while only walking one and striking out three for his third win of the season against no losses.

Despite giving up a hit in every inning but one, Leavitt only allowed one batter past first base. The freshman left-hander threw 11 groundball outs and benefitted from three double plays.

Senior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame) led the Huskies at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Junior Chris Bernard(Scarborough, Maine) also had three hits and an RBI. Junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) added two hits and an RBI and freshmanSam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had two hits and scored a run. Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) extended his current hitting streak to 22 games with a line-drive single to left in the eighth inning.

Endicott senior Colin Sitarz (West Hartford, Conn./Hall) and sophomore Harry Oringer (Dartmouth, Mass./Coyle Cassidy) led the Gulls at the plate with two hits apiece. Gulls’ sophomore left-hander Zac Poland(Essex Junction, Vt./Rice Memorial), who went three innings giving up four runs — three earned — on five hits, was tagged with the loss and drops to 2-1 on the season.

Southern Maine wasted no time getting on the board as they pushed three runs across in the first on three hits and an Endicott error. Dexter led off with a single, and Chadwick hit a double to advance Dexter to third. Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) then reached first on an error by the Gulls, which allowed Dexter to score and Chadwick to advance to third. Chadwick scored on a successfully executed double steal with White to make it 2-0. After White stole third, he scored on an RBI single off the bat of Bernard to increase the lead to 3-0.

The Huskies added another run in the fourth on an RBI single from Chadwick that scored Verrier, and two more in the fifth. RBI singles from Verrier and Pisani highlighted the two-run fifth inning.

Pisani added an insurance run in the seventh when he drove in junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) with a single to left to increase the Huskies’ lead to 7-0.

Men’s Lacrosse

Husson 13, MMA 6

Bangor, Maine – Senior Mitch Heaps (York, PA) scored 4 goals and sophomore Dustin Brett (Loudon, NH) scored 3 goals with 1 assist to lead the Eagles past NAC rival Maine Maritime Academy, 13-6 Wednesday night at Boucher Field.

The Eagles jumped on the board early when Vinny Visconti (North Andover, MA) found the back of the net on an Alex Ryan (Northfield, NH) pass to make it 1-0.

Mariners’ A.J Larrabee connected with Alex Hermes to tie it at 1-1 with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter.

Husson scored the next 3 goals with Heaps, Ryan, and Brett all scoring to make it 4-1. MMA would score 2 before the end of the quarter on Hermes and Tim Grant shots, entering the 2nd period 4-3 Eagles.

The Eagles would never give up the lead they worked hard to extend, Nolan Brown (Waterford, CT) and Brandon Corbo (Merrimack, NH) exchanged goals and assists on two more scores, making it 6-3. Senior Dillon Shaw (Augusta, ME) set up Heaps to make it 7-3.

Nick Betti would score two consecutive goals for the Mariners closing the Husson lead to 7-5. Brett and Chris DelGiudice (Oakland, ME) added a pair of goals taking a 10-5 lead into the 4th quarter.

Hermes scored on a man-up opportunity as a final hope for MMA, however in the final 10 minutes of the game the Eagles scored 3 more times to squash any comeback dreams. Shaw, Brett, and Heaps all scored to seal the deal, 13-6.

Husson goalkeeper John Hooper III (Wakefield, RI) was sharp in net, making 10 saves to earn the win. James Wilgus made 14 saves in the loss for MMA.

The Eagles played a well disciplined game, only committing 4 penalties and allowing fewer turnovers than the Mariners.

“I’m very proud of a great team effort tonight that translated to the win. We controlled the ball on offense, played good defense, and responded well to several momentum swings,” said Head Coach Sean Murphy, “We have a big challenge ahead of us this weekend and hope to build off this momentum.”

Husson who is now 5-7 overall on the season and 5-2 in the North Atlantic Conference will end the regular season on the road in the next week.

UM-Farmington 6, Thomas 5

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Thomas men’s lacrosse team was unable to pick up a victory as they fell to conference rival University of Maine-Farmington 6-5 in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse contest Wednesday evening. The Terriers now fall to 3-8 (2-4) on the season while the Beavers improve to 4-5 (4-3).

The first three periods of the game saw a combined four goals scored and the game entered the final quarter tied at 2. The final quarter provided some intense action and a combined seven goals that went in runs of two, until the very end when UMF was able to hold off Thomas to secure the one goal win.

Freshman Parket Chute (Exeter, N.H.) scored the only goal in the first quarter at the 11-minute mark on a pass from junior Gunnar Shelton (Eugene, Ore.) that put Thomas up early. UMF scored the only two goals in the second on shots from junior Jake Linkletter (Athens, Maine) and junior TC Peters (Scarborough, Maine) to put the Beaversw up 2-1 at halftime.

Senior Sean Machin (Brunswick, Maine) notched the tying goal and only goal in the third quarter off another feed from Shelton.

The fourth started with a pair of quick goals coming within the first minute by Linkletter and junior Sean Berce (Auburn, Maine). Thomas would respond with two consecutive goals by junior Jordan Marino (Londonderry, N.H.) to tie the score back up at 4.

Farmington would come back at Thomas with two unanswered man-up goals by Peters and senior Brandon Melville (Farmington, Maine) to back ahead by two with 5:46 remaining. Chute would net his second goal on the evening at 3:40 to pull the Terriers to within one, but the Terriers were unable to score again.

Senior goalkeeper Jesse Morkeski (Damariscotta, Maine) recorded 20 saves in the losing effort for Thomas while Beaver goalkeeper Ben Altmaier (Wilton, Maine) had 18 for UMF.

The Terriers held advantages in groundballs 55-43, in face-offs 11-4, and was 28 for 34 on clear attempts.

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