|Husson University||New England College|
HENNIKER, N.H.—The Husson University softball team picked up a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) sweep over the Pilgrims of New England College on Sunday afternoon to clinch the NAC regular-season title and home-field advantage for the upcoming NAC tournament.
The victories boost Husson to 27-11 overall and 11-1 in NAC play, while NEC falls to 17-19 overall and 6-8 in league play.
GAME ONE: HUSSON 8, NEC 6
The Pilgrims manufactured an early lead in the bottom of the first as Brianna Castellano led off with a single, advanced to second in a single by Alexa Scribner, and scored from second on a sacrifice-fly by Christine McNeil, but the Eagles had a quick answer for NEC’s lead.
NEC led 2-1 after two innings, but the Eagles put up a three-run third to take the lead for good. Husson led 8-2 entering the seventh inning before NEC rallied for a four-run seventh.
Castellano batted 3-for-4 from the leadoff slot, accounting for a fourth of NEC’s 12 hits. Scribner was 2-for-4, while Debra Mazzeo finished 2-for-3.
Husson tallied 16 hits in the win. Bri Brochu had a team-best three hits, while Chloe Gorey, Arika Brochu, Kylie Kennedy, Nicole Andrade and Brianna Bires all had two hits apiece.
Jen Jones earned the win in the circle, pitching five innings in relief and scattering seven hits and four runs while striking out 14.
Mazzeo took the loss for NEC, scattering 12 hits, five runs, two walks and a strikeout over four innings.