TUCSON, Ariz. – Husson University (1-7) dropped two close games to end their spring trip in Tucson, Ariz. The Eagles fell to Northland, 6-4, and Coe, 9-6. Husson worked through some tough innings and battled back in both games but fell just short.
Husson dropped a nail bitter to Northland, Thursday morning at Julie Reitan Complex in Arizona. Northland struck first by scoring a run in the top of the first inning off a single by pitcher Natalie Alfaro. Northland would strike again in the top of the third with a homerun from Kylie Wickiser. Freshman Madelyn Fowler stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the third and hit a homerun of her own over the left field fence, making it 2-1 Northland.
Northland would take advantage of some timely hits and Husson mistakes to score four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Husson would battle to get another run back in the fourth, as Kylie Kennedy reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a single by Olivia Maynard. Jen Jones came up and doubled to left center scoring Kennedy. The rally ended on a groundout.
Sophomore Jen Jones recorded three quick outs on the mound, and The Eagles scored two more runs off a Fowler triple, Chloe Gorey sac fly, Smith single, and a Tamara Aunchman single. The Eagles offense tried to make a run in the bottom of the seventh, getting two runners on base but couldn’t push them across.
ON THE MOUND:
Junior Olivia Smith pitched 2.0 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, and had 1 strikeout.
Sophomore Jen Jones pitched 5.0 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, and had 4 strikeouts.
OFF THE BAT:
Fowler was 2-4 with a triple and a homerun over the left-center field fence.
Gorey was 2-3 with a double and a single.
Aunchman was 3-3 with 2 singles and a double.
Smith was 2-4 with 2 singles.