BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University softball team advanced to the championship round of the North Atlantic Conference tourney Friday behind two strong pitching efforts from Becca McCarty and Amanda Ryan.
McCarty allowed only one hit in six innings to help tourney host Husson beat the University of Maine-Farmington 6-0 in the opener of the double-elimination tourney and Ryan pitched a complete-game five-hitter in a 2-0 winners bracket victory over Castleton State in the final game of the four-game day.
Castleton State beat Lyndon State in the second game 6-0 and then Lyndon State eliminated UMF 3-2 in the third game.
Castleton will take on Lyndon State in a noon elimination game on Saturday and Husson will play the winner in the championship round at 2 p.m. An if-necessary game would be played at 1 p.m. Sunday if Husson loses on Saturday.
In Friday’s first game, Courtney Hill and Breanna Martin both had two RBIs to lead Husson. The Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to go up 3-0, highlighted by Martin’s two run single.
McCarty pitched strong six innings for the Eagles, including striking out the side in the fourth.
Losing pitcher Soule allowed seven hits and three earned runs in four innings. Kaitlyn Bartlett, Lily Barry, and Meryl Bond all registered singles for UMF.
In the second game, Castleton’s Taylor Lively recorded a no-hitter and was one batter short of a perfect game. The only Hornet to reach made it to first on a dropped third strike in the second inning.
Lively struck out 13 and didn’t ‘walk a batter.
In the third game, Lyndon State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to eliminate the Beavers.
Katie Davis’s two-run single gave Lyndon State the winning edge after two batters had reached on errors.
Shelby Bryan scored UMF’s first run in the first inning on an infield groundout by Kaitlyn Bart. Bryan had singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball.
Bart also singled home Bryan in the third inning.
Soule was the losing pitcher as she scattered six hits while striking out three and not walking a batter.
In the fourth game, Ryan struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter as she improved to 9-3.
Husson scored the only run it would need in the fourth Aimee Mortensen singled, advanced to third on Victoria Overlock’s double and scored on an outfield error.
The Eagles added a run in the sixth when Mortensen reached on a one-out single. After the second out, she stole second, advanced on a passed ball and scored on an Overlock single.
Husson is now 29-10-1, Castleton is 17-20 and Lyndon is 11-22.
MEDFORD — Sophomore Allyson Fournier pitched a no-hitter as the Tufts University Jumbos beat the Colby College Mules, 8-0, in six innings in NESCAC East softball action on Friday afternoon at Spicer Field.
Fournier ended the day with 16 strikeouts. The only base runner for the Mules reached on an error in the sixth inning. The no-hitter is the second in a row for Fournier, who pitched one at Endicott on Wednesday. It’s her fourth of the season and seventh of her career.
Fournier struck out the side in four of the six innings while improving her record to 16-1. She now has 175 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched.
MEDFORD, Mass. — The Bowdoin College baseball team saw its school-record winning streak come to an end in an 11-7 loss to Tufts on Friday afternoon.
The Jumbos entered their three-game weekend series against the Polar Bears needing to win each game in order to qualify for the upcoming NESCAC Championship tournament. Bowdoin needs just one win to qualify for the postseason tourney. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon tomorrow.
Junior DH Max Freccia went 3 for 4 with four RBI, including a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning, for Tufts, who had 16 hits in the game and scored runs in each of the first five innings. Bowdoin matched the Jumbos offensively early on, until freshman pitcher Andrew David entered for Tufts in the fourth. He shut down Bowdoin with 5.2 innings of four-hit, no-run relief to earn his fifth victory.
Sophomore 3B Wade Hauser’s two-run home run in the bottom of the first put Tufts up 2-0. Bowdoin retaliated with five runs in the top of the second, including a two-run single by junior CF Kyle LeBlanc.
Tufts surged to a 6-5 lead by scoring twice in both the second and third innings. Freccia knocked in two with a single up the middle in the second, then senior SS Scott Staniewicz had a two-run single in the third.
LeBlanc gave the lead back to Bowdoin in the top of the fourth, 7-6, with a two-run home run. The Jumbos tied it at 7-7 in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff double by Hauser and an RBI single from freshman 1B Mike Barry.
A Bowdoin error on a play that would have ended the inning led to Freccia’s two-run single in the fifth that gave Tufts a 9-7 lead. With David keeping the Polar Bears off the scoreboard, Tufts padded its margin in the seventh when sophomore CF Connor McDavitt and Hauser hit one-out singles and scored on a hit-by-pitch and a fielder’s choice, respectively.
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Tom Baroni allowed no earned runs in eight innings of work and Mekae Hyde had a home run among his two hits to lead Bates College to a 7-2 victory over Colby College in NESCAC East Division baseball Friday at Coombs Field.
Bates moves to 13-14 overall and 3-7 in the conference, while the Mules fall to 9-16 and 2-8 in the league. The two teams will play a doubleheader at Bates on Saturday at noon.
Baroni allowed five hits, struck out three, and walked two. The two runs scored against him in the sixth inning were both unearned.
Hyde had a solo shot to begin the fifth inning and finished with two runs scored. Kevin Davis had two hits and one RBI, Rockwell Jackson added two hits and one run, Sam Berry finished with one hit and two RBI. and Ryan Sonberg scored twice and had one hit.
Tim Corey had a pair of hits for Colby. Luke Duncklee added one hit and one run.