Husson softball earns split with New England College

Posted April 20, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.

HENNIKER, N.H. — The Husson University Eagles had their 18-game unbeaten streak snapped (7-6) in the first game, but bounced back with an 11-0, five-inning win in the second game of a North Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader on Friday.

In Game 2, Amanda Ryan and Kayla Merrill combined on a three-hitter, whith Ryan fanning three in four innings. Lona Sargent knocked in two runs with three singles, while Sami Schultz doubled and singled with two RBIs. Merrill also hit two singles for Husson University of Bangor (22-9-1, 13-1 NAC).

Alyssa Hoot doubled and singled to lead New England College (17-15, 13-3 NAC).

In the opener, Rebecca Allen belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Pilgrims to victory.

She also posted an RBI single for the winners, who got two doubles and three RBIs from Elizabeth Harrigan. Olivia Stanley went the distance to get the win.

Victoria Overlock paced Husson with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh and a single. Schultz provided a solo homer and a sacrifice fly and Merrill singled twice to back losing pitcher Becca McCarthy.

MMA, UM-Farmington split

At Farmington, Leah Jackson’s three-run double highlighted a four-run, seventh-inning rally that lifted the Mariners to a 6-3 victory over the Beavers in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

UMaine-Farmington won the second game 11-8.

In the opener, Jackson also doubled for Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (12-15, 8-8 NAC). Jessica Menges had an RBI single to support winning pitcher Abby Yeo, who scattered 10 hits.

Amy Jones led UMF with a double and a single, Lily Barry singled twice with an RBI and Kaitlyn Bartlett singled with an RBI to back winning pitcher Emily Soule, who allowed eight hits.

In Game 2, Jones hit a two-run single and Haley Berry stroked a two-run double during the Beavers’ seven-run fifth inning.

Jones also hit a two-run home run for UMF, while Bartlett hit a solo homer, an RBI double and a single. Shelby Bryant singled twice to back winning pitcher Emma Vaillancourt.

Hayley Rae saprked MMA with two singles and three RBIs, Sabrina Keach doubled and singled (two RBIs) and Jackson hit two singles. Erica Taylor stroked a solo home run. Yeo took the loss in relief.

Trinity 1, Colby 0

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Trinity College pitcher Hannah King (Kennebunk, Maine) and Colby College hurler Megan Michie (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) put on a duel at Crafts Field, with an error hurting the Mules as the Bantams took a 1-0 victory in NESCAC East play on Friday.

Trinity moves to 9-16 overall and 2-5 in the conference, while the Mules drop to 8-12 and 2-5 in the league. The two teams will play again at Crafts Field in a doubleheader at noon Saturday.

King, a first-year pitcher, allowed just one hit, struck out three, and walked one in her complete game. Michie took the tough loss without allowing an earned run, gave up just two hits, struck out four, and walked four.

Kerry McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) led off the fourth inning with a single, moved to second on an outfielder error, took third on a sacrifice bunt by Olivia Berry (Quincy, Mass.), and scored on an RBI groundout to third by Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine).

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Saint Joseph’s 8, Daniel Webster 0

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (22-9, 10-2 GNAC) blanked Daniel Webster College (19-7, 12-2 NECC) 8-0 in a nonconference baseball contest at Larry Mahaney Diamond on Friday afternoon.

The Monks won their eighth-consecutive game with the help of seven strong innings from senior starter Jimmy Kennedy (York, Maine), who fanned five while allowing just four hits and no walks, and home runs from Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, Mass.), Alex Lorenc (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Joe Coyne (Duxbury, Mass.).

It was a lackluster first inning for Daniel Webster, an NCAA Tournament qualifier a year ago, as the Monks belted a pair of home runs and held a 4-0 lead after one turn at the bat. Eagles starting pitcher Syed Ali (Dracut, Mass.) started off by inducing a pair of groundball outs, but plunked Coyne with an errant fastball to set the stage for Pratt, who lifted a 1-0 offering well beyond the left field wall to provide the Royal Blue with a 2-0 lead. Lorenc made it back-to-back jacks with a solo shot and senior second baseman Brandon Chase (Naples, Maine) singled up the middle, stole second and scored on an Alex Markakis (Lynnfield, Mass.) base knock to make it a 4-0 game.

Saint Joseph’s struck with two outs again in the bottom of the second, when senior left fielder Sam Butts (Saco, Maine) worked a four-pitch walk and – after stealing second and moving to third on a Louie Vigars (Stratham, N.H.) groundout – trotted home on a Coyne tater to left-center.

Two scoreless innings followed, as the Saint Joseph’s hitters struggled to solve Daniel Webster freshman reliever Sean Hannon (Billerica, Mass.), who entered the game after Coyne’s long ball in the second. Hannon retired seven-consecutive batters before issuing a free pass to Vigars in the bottom of the fifth. After the base on balls, Coyne stepped in and lined a double to left-center, but Vigars was thrown out at home on a well-executed relay from right fielder Joe Morin (Pelham, N.H.) and second sacker Elliot Kilgore (Milford, N.H.) to catcher Tyler Bonin (Litchfield, N.H.). But the Monks proceeded to tack on another run with two out, as Coyne scampered to third on the throw to home and scored on a Lorenc single up the middle to lift the hosts to a 7-0 cushion.

St. Joe’s added the game’s final run in the sixth, when Chase led off with a double and later scored on a Taylor Reuillard (Biddeford, Maine) single to left-center.

For the Monks, Coyne went 2-3 with three runs, a double, a homer and two RBI, Lorenc was 2-4 with a run, a home run and a pair of RBI and Chase added two hits in four trips with two runs, a double and a stolen base in the triumph. Markakis went 2-4 with an RBI and Pratt slammed the 20th home run of his career and becomes just the eighth player in team history to hit 20 or more jacks.

On the mound, Kennedy was quite efficient, having tossed 82 pitches – including 57 strikes – and succeeded in not reaching a single three-ball count during his career-high seven innings of work. Freshman reliever Riley Cox (Westford, Mass.) allowed two hits and fanned one in one inning and sophomore southpaw Dan Meeken (Marshfield, Mass.) struck out on batter with a hit and a walk allowed in the top of the ninth.

For the Eagles, senior left fielder Darrik Marstaller (Spofford, N.H.) went 2-5 with a double and sophomore third baseman Kyle Brigham (Hudson, N.H.) was 2-4 with the bat while making several nice plays with the glove at the hot corner.

Ali suffered his first loss of the season after yielding six runs off five hits and a walk with one strikeout over 1.2 innings and Hannon gave up two runs off four hits and a free pass with a K in 3.2 frames of relief. Sophomore slinger Kieran Koch (New City, N.Y.) tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief with a walk and a punch-out for the visitors.

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