Husson pitchers shut down Thomas in sweep

Posted April 25, 2014, at 8:54 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Amanda Ryan pitched a one-hitter in the opener and Kayla Merrill fired an eight-hit shutout on Friday as Husson University swept a North Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from Thomas College at O’Keefe Field.

Ryan spaced four hits, struck out five and walked one in a 5-1 win, then Merrill fanned four and did not walk anyone in a 5-0 decision.

In the opener, Haley Spiers and Sami Schultz each posted a double and a single with an RBI to pace the Eagles’ offense. Spiers had a run-scoring double and Nicole Andrade provided an RBI single during a three-run second inning for Husson (23-9, 11-2 NAC).

Taylor Bergeron singled twice for Thomas College of Waterville (12-14-1, 5-6-1 NAC) to back losing pitcher Kelsey Crowe.

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In Game 2, Chelsea Brennan’s two-run home run in the third inning gave Husson some breathing room. Schultz and Spiers each stroked a double and a single and Breanna Martin had two singles and an RBI. Christine Conners jacked a solo homer.

Ashlee Quirrion had two singles and Courtney Veilleux doubled for the Terriers.


USM sweeps Keene State

At Keene, N.H., the Huskies piled up 28 hits en route to a Little East Conference sweep of Keene State.

Southern Maine of Gorham won the first game 13-1 in seven innings and took the second game 8-3.

In the opener, Tyler Leavitt pitched 6⅓ innings of two-hit ball and received plenty of support. Sam Dexter homered, doubled and added two singles with two RBIs for the winners (26-8, 11-1 LEC).

Paul McDonough (2 singles), John Carey (home run, single) and Matt Verrier (double) drove in two runs apiece. Nick DiBiase hit a double and two singles and Troy Thibodeau added two singles.

In Game 2, Verrier knocked in five runs with a home run, two doubles and a single to propel USM. Thibodeau and Paul McDonough each stroked two singles and Andrew Richards pitched 4⅓ innings of two-hit, scoreless relief.

Joe Libby sparked Keene State (8-18, 2-10 LEC) with a double, a single and an RBI. Matt Boulay singled twice and drove in a run.


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